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4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

 4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

Anna gave me a book by Laurie Notaro during sophomore year of college, probably as a gift for birthday or Christmas.

(All I can remember is the book, Anna, and my sophomore dorm room.)

(I assume it was a gift.)

(Anna, if you loaned me a book ten years ago that I then stole, feel free to see me about that.)

Like most books I’ve been given as gifts, I took forever getting around to reading it and then loved it and bought everything else from that author I could find.

All of Laurie Notaro’s books are collections of humorous essays.

(Well, she has a couple of novels, but I’m not recommending them because I’ve never read them because I really prefer my favorite authors to stay in their assigned niches.)

(I’m fairly demanding of those I love.)

4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

Notaro’s I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl is the book about her 30s and job interviews and Halloween parties and her mom’s love of QVC.

4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

We Thought You Would Be Prettier: True Tales of the Dorkiest Girl Alive  is the first Laurie Notaro book I read and while Anna told me it wasn’t as good as her others (Anna isn’t the best at selling gifts), it’s always been my favorite.

(Maybe because it was my first.)

(That’s always a special book bond.)

This book was published in 2005, so a lot of the essay subjects are, perhaps, a bit dated, but they still make me laugh.

4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

I have legitimately used parts of Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood to give life advice to my friends.

This is the book where her essays deal with meeting her husband and their love story.

(I’m a huge sucker for humorous, real-life love stories.)

4 Funny Laurie Notaro Books For When You Need A Laugh

The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life is Notaro’s first book, the one that established her tone and subject matter and hilarity.

It is also the last one I read, because I enjoy being contrary.

But it’s totally deserving of its hype and if you want to see where the humor started, it’s highly recommended.

What are you reading?


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{ 9 comments… add one }

  • Kimberly May 27, 2014, 7:03 pm

    Ok, the titles alone are hilarious. I think that I enjoy reading a good humor book when things are all crap like…like when I’m out of ice cream and am forced to eat stale cookies…there is nothing funny about stale cookies.
    Don’t judge me.
    I’m off to check this Laurie out. She sounds like one of my people

  • Kari @ bite-sized thoughts May 27, 2014, 9:06 pm

    I have actually never heard of this author! I am definitely going to seek her books out now though. The titles alone make me smile, and I think that bodes well 🙂

  • Jo-Anne May 27, 2014, 9:29 pm

    I love books that make me laugh

  • Alex@LateEnough May 27, 2014, 9:45 pm

    while i appreciate the book recs, my favorite part of this post is the conversation between possibly-book-stealing-you and Anna.

  • Misty May 28, 2014, 2:07 pm

    Now see, while I’ve heard of her, and many friends have praised and exulted her books, I have still never read anything by her. Same goes with David Sedaris, who I hear is quite humorous. Please don’t hurl things at me.

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor May 28, 2014, 9:45 pm

    I have never heard of her and now I want to read all four books TODAY.

    Excellent job Megan.

  • John (Daddy Runs a Lot) May 29, 2014, 9:34 am

    You know, I lean of more & more interesting authors through your blog than anywhere else.

    Also, I’m jealous of the time that you can devote to reading.

    Right now, I’m reading the Postmortal, but Drew Magary; because I’ve known the author as a humorous essayist, and only as a humorous essayist, I’ve actually put aside reading this novel for quite some time. But, I shall do this no longer!

    (and suddenly I realize why the Richard Bachman thing happened)

  • Karen Peterson May 29, 2014, 2:22 pm

    With these glowing recommendations, how can I possibly NOT read these books immediately??

  • Masanobu June 15, 2014, 2:17 pm

    I’m always weary of humor books, but your rec is so enthusiastic that it is impossible not to want to read these books!

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