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Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood Paperback – Jul 8 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Notaro (The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club) opens with enough dumped-by-loser-boyfriend stories that readers will share her skepticism when Good Guy finally appears. "He was an endangered species," Notaro writes. "[T]he only thing that could make him more valuable was if he were albino." Since Notaro can't keep Good Guy drunk and clueless forever, she switches to Plan B: frying cutlets, her major life skill. It works, and soon enough they're happily married. If this sounds mature and responsible, guess again. Other people might be able to buy a house, babysit their nephew, buy a new bra or seed their lawn without it being the least bit funny, but not Notaro. Consider the time she and her husband got a new puppy so untrainable it ate from the kitty litter box. Watching her husband get down on all fours and growl like a dog to show kitty who's in charge, Notaro comments, "Well, then, I'm not going to bother making dinner.... The cat just had a bowel movement big enough for the both of you." True, there's a lot of bathroom humor, but it's Notaro's odd take on the ordinary that's funniest. "H&R Block is really Practice Prison," a taste of what tax evaders can expect. Her sister using a breast pump looks like "a hybrid of Barbarella and a Holstein." And who else but Notaro can whisper to her (unwanted) cat as she crates him up for a trip to the vet: "if you see a bright, white light, run toward it"?
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Notaro's first book, The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club (2002), achieved cult status and became a surprise best-seller. Returning with another uproarious collection of personal essays from the dating front, Notaro proves that her first-time success wasn't a fluke. Detailing her trip down the bumpy road to matrimony, Notaro outrageously entertains with a sweetly skewed outlook on everything from breaded meats to baby wipes. Having endured boyfriends from hell and survived kamikaze-style dating, Notaro does the unthinkable by getting someone to fall in love with her! This, in Notaro's world, is not the equivalent of the Holy Grail. First, there are in-laws to impress and weddings to plan, both without inflicting bodily harm or doing jail time. Next come the challenges of permanent cohabitation, with its surprise revelations of untoward bodily functions and appearances. Finally, there are the joys of first-time home ownership and joint income-tax filing. Notaro tackles them all with the inimitable, acerbic wit and ruthless, self-deprecating candor that have deservedly earned her legions of loyal fans. Carol Haggas
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Laurie is an odd woman, one I can identify with. She is funny and smart in her recollections of family and household antics.
I found the book similar to Candy and Me due to the efforts the author takes to distance herself from her readers and the one-story-at-a-time approach to writing. During the entire book, I'm not sure we ever learn Laurie's husband's name. That fact alone disturbed me. Why is it omitted?
There's no plot going on with the book at all. Each chapter can be read independently of each other. Again, while that's not a bad thing, it just made the book a choppy read for me.
For some reason I was under the impression that this book would be an actual tale of a fat bride. Maybe the struggles a fat bride has to go through to get her wedding pulled off. In fact, it's the story of a *slightly* overweight woman. Maybe two or three chapters are spent discussing the wedding. Guess I should have read the cover better.
Autobiography of a Fat Bride is somewhat of a mixture of a short story format and a novel. The stories all tie together, but you can read them individually and still follow along perfectly. One hilarious, short chapter follows another.
The most amazing aspect of this book is just how real it is. Laurie says things that we all laugh about behind closed doors, when the "real us" is cut loose. Embarrassing "booger jokes" and "jelly roll bellies" are thrown together with mortage horror stories and new marriages, to make an altogether perfect novel. Laurie's formula of humor and frankness makes her one of my new favorite authors! Write more, Laurie! Please.....
Buy this book for a little summer fluff. Or to put in your winter fire to keep you warm. I personally recommend "The Devil Wears Prada" over this or even "The Nanny Diaries".
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on June 26 2004
This is a well-written and wonderfully hilarious look at Laurie Notaro's experiences with adulthood, marriage, and children. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Chris Frost
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. Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by momazon
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! Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by K. A Blakely
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by maria j.
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2004
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. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2003
To each her own, but I thought it was idiotic, and, I won't buy anything else written by this author.Published on Dec 9 2003 by Brenda Wells
Being on the cusp of 50 and harboring an IQ well above average, I was bored by this "woe-is-me" tale of 30-something angst. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by Mars Mannix