I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 8, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
Here are more scathingly funny tales from the wild side! Laurie Notaro survived the debauched ride of her twenties and the bumpy road to matrimony. Now she’s ready to take on the thirtysomething years . . . and almost middle age has never been more hilarious.

Laurie is married, mortgaged, and now—miraculously—employed in the corporate world, discovering that bosses come in all shapes, sizes, and degrees of mental stability. After maxing out her last good credit card at Banana Republic, she’s dressed for success and ready to face the jungle: surviving feral, six-foot-plus Gretchen (“Three Thousand Faces of Eve”) before battling the overbearing, overstuffed (in way-too-small pants) new mom Suzzi, who ruthlessly cancels Laurie’s newspaper column and learns that payback can be a bitch. Laurie also explores the backstabbing world of preschoolers at a Halloween party, the X-rated madness of a family trip to Disneyland, and the pressure from her QVC-addicted mother and the rest of the world to reproduce. But while losing more friends to babies than to booze, she realizes there’s a plus side: at least for a couple of months she gets to be the thinner friend.

I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies) is Laurie Notaro at her deliciously quirky best. Can a woman prone to what her loved ones might term “meltdowns” (she considers them “Opportunities to Enlighten”) put a smile on her face and love everybody? Take a guess.
 

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Funny book with tales from the life of Laurie Notaro. Tales of a friend who takes a swim in a Japanese ornamental garden. Jerry the neighborhood tweeker and handyman. Her Nana who believes that all ... Read full review

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Notaro was a humor columnist at The Arizona Republic for ten years before her column suddenly disappeared from the paper, something I'd always put down to the popularity of her first book. Nope, all ... Read full review

Contents

Gun to the Head
3
Baby No Name
19
A Rolling Stone Even When Sober Isa Difficult Catch
41
Its an Idiot Girl
59
The Attack of Beaniequeenie
81
The Haunting of Jerry
97
Fire Fire Fire
101
A Tragedy in Four Acts
133
Gods Car Wash
151
Swimming with the Fishes
169
Snakes
191
An American DrugSmuggling Girl
207
Acknowledgments
227
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About the author (2004)

Laurie Notaro has been fired from seven jobs, laid off from three, and voluntarily liberated from one. Despite all that, she has managed to write a number of New York Times bestselling essay collections. She lives with her husband in Oregon, where—according to her mother, who refuses to visit—she sleeps in a trailer in the woods.

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