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Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood Paperback – Jul 8 2003

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (July 8 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037576092X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375760921
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,102,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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This book is a true autobiography of Laurie Notaro. Actually, to call it an autobiography would be unfair. It's more like a series of based-on-real-life-events stories.
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.
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Laurie Notaro has come thorough once again with humor that idiot girls everywhere can relate to. Side splitting humor that leaves you in tears with laughter. Or at least in a spot where people look at you funny for laughing yourself to tears while reading on the bus on the way to work. Laurie appears to have grown up a bit in this book but we all know it is not true. This book left me looking more at the humor that goes with every day pretend adulthood, buying a house, owning a house, getting married, married life, being an aunt, entertaining neighbors who do stupid things, and of course who can give up on their family as a source for humor. We have grown past the 12 stages of stinking drunk (most of the time) and now deal with killer bees, red mice, spoiled children (including husbands), and home improvement nightmares. A wonderful end to the book with very touching while still funny story involving "blue-eyes" himself. A book that is sure to keep you in its grips from cover to cover. For Idiot Girls Everywhere. Rock On! You Rule!
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Wow, what an amazing writer Laurie Notaro is! Why had I never heard of her? And when can is she going to release another book? I will be first in line at the bookstore when she does!(and don't try and weasel your way in front of me either...)
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.....
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This is the first book I've read by this author. Judging by the synopsis on the back cover I purchased it. I laughed out loud for several chapters, even at the never-ending poo jokes. It finally got to the point where this disjointed story just tried at my nerves and I wanted it to end. In the beginning her habits are charming. She's overweight. Her men keep running off (which are the most interesting chapters in the book). However, after she gets married it just goes downhill from there. I don't want to hear about stepping in cat poo. Her touch of laziness became downright slovenly and I could practically smell her through the pages. Her mother began sounding more and more reasonable. And that husband of hers is pathetic.
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".
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