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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (July 8 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037576092X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375760921
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #498,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on June 26 2004
Format: Paperback
Notaro is a very promising new voice on the non fiction scene. This book is very funny but not quite as hilarious as her last one Idiot Girls. However that said, I read the book in a matter of days because I couldn't put it down. I kept drawing attention to myself in public places because I laughed out loud so much while reading it.
You don't need to be in the midst of planning a wedding to enjoy Notaro's sharp wit and unique observations. This is a great book to read on the beach this summer.
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This is a well-written and wonderfully hilarious look at Laurie Notaro's experiences with adulthood, marriage, and children. From finding a good man and marrying him before he gets away, to her insecurities about her physical appearance, this book will keep you rolling with her clever wit and cut-to-the bone reality of middle-aged life. Everything about this book reminds me of a very special woman who, regrettably, is no longer in my life. If I didn't know better, I would have thought she had written it herself.
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By K. A Blakely on March 18 2004
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I related to so much of what she said. This woman is funny. These stories are short, so if you are pressed for time they are perfect! Nothing is sacred here, she is direct and honest about her life and the hilarity that ensues from her wedding to gyn visits.
Best book I have ever read, no kidding.
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By momazon on March 18 2004
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Despite the title, Laurie Notaro writes more about her life during the first years of marriage than just what leads up to her wedding (although that too is pretty funny.) In fact, her nephew Nicholas is born and ages to three years or so as the stories progress.
I am amazed how many of these memoirs begin with "something smelled bad." The visual picture she paints of these stinks made me want to throw up. Same with all the mention of anything that had to do with feces, both animal and otherwise. There was more mention to poop and vomit thgan a Ben Stiller movie.
Still, she's funny and a great writer. It's entertaining fare for a few hours of commuting on the bus or train.
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By maria j. on Jan. 8 2004
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I really was not expecting to enjoy this book. All my friends read it and bragged about it. I'm a thick novel kind of gal so I was hesitant. I read Fat Bride in one day and laughed my ass off. This sounds so cliche, but I couldn't put it down until I finished. What I like is that Notaro's voice speaks for the everywoman. It doesn't matter what your background or lifestyle is, if you are a 20, 30 or 40-something wife you will 'get it' and love every minute of it.
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I think I enjoyed this book even more than Laurie's first book. Now that I'm married too, I could relate to a lot of her stories - especially when it comes to the husband. Man hands. Know all about it! I'm *SO* looking foward to the third book. I wish Laurie had a daily blog so fans like me (who were used to reading her columns once a week before she became famous) could read her stuff without waiting so long between books! Good job Laurie!!!
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This is, hands down, the most hilarious book I've read in a long time. I could not put it down for a minute--I read the whole thing in a matter of hours. I laughed so hard that I had tears streaming down my face the whole time, and my abdominal muscles were actually sore. Laurie's descriptions of her life events are ones we can all relate to, but it's her incredible wit that brings out the humor in every situation. (In fact, I had to go back and read some chapters several times, because they were so funny.) I've made my mother, my friends, and even my husband read it, and they all agree. I can't wait to read her other books!
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Laurie Notaro has a way of coming up with the perfect phrase. You get an immediate, and often graphic, image of just what she is describing. So it's a shame that she can't take this talent and an obvious sense of humor to do something other than making herself out to be a pathetic, fat, ugly woman with a bad temper.
From the photo on the back and inside the back cover, it does not appear that Notaro is either ugly or fat. And since she has an evidently devoted new husband, she probably isn't the unloveable wretch she describes in Autobiography of a Fat Bride. So this whole schtick is apparently just a device she uses for laughs. Well, it wears thin fast. This is Phyllis Diller recycled and it wasn't that funny back then.
The only person who comes out of this book only mildly scathed is her husband, who is a two-dimensional nobody. The poor guy doesn't even get a name. He goes from "boyfriend" to "groom" to "husband." Jeez, even if you don't want to use his real name, make something up, Laurie, I mean, you are a writer.
I read this book knowing that as a baby boomer, I am not the intended audience, but it seemed to me that the subjects of dating, family, getting married, etc. were fairly common, and universal enough so that you didn't have to be an Idiot Girl to enjoy Autobiography. Wrong.
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