The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club

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Villard Books, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 225 pages
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“I’ve changed a bit since high school. Back then I said no to using and selling drugs. I washed on a normal basis and still had good credit.”

Introducing Laurie Notaro, the leader of the Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club. Every day she fearlessly rises from bed to defeat the evil machinations of dolts, dimwits, and creepy boyfriends—and that’s before she even puts on a bra.

For the past ten years, Notaro has been entertaining Phoenix newspaper readers with her wildly amusing autobiographical exploits and unique life experiences. She writes about a world of hourly-wage jobs that require absolutely no skills, a mother who hands down judgments more forcefully than anyone seated on the Supreme Court, horrific high school reunions, and hangovers that leave her surprised that she woke up in the first place.

The misadventures of Laurie and her fellow Idiot Girls (“too cool to be in the Smart Group”) unfold in a world that everyone will recognize but no one has ever described so hilariously. She delivers the goods: life as we all know it.

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She's a good writer. - Goodreads
It was funny in places but the writing was choppy. - Goodreads
Short and easy to read. - Goodreads
So what if she's not the best writer in the world. - Goodreads
Her books are easy to read a chapter at a time. - Goodreads
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Review: The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life

User Review  - Carrie Rzeppa - Goodreads

In these autobiographical short stories, Notaro is a drunk smoker with bad credit but her antics and storytelling made me laugh out loud. Her rant on clowns was hilarious. Read full review

Review: The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life

User Review  - Ruth - Goodreads

I wasn't impressed. The first half of the book seemed to be mainly "I got falling down drunk and did stupid stuff" stories. I will admit they got better (fewer drunk antics) the closer I got to the end of the book. If they hadn't, I would have given it 1 star. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Laurie Notaro is a humor columnist for the Arizona Republic at She has been fired from seven jobs (possibly eight) and lives with her first husband and pets (two dogs--a miniature Wookie and a lab that makes doody in her sleep--and a cat with no teeth) in the hot, dry dust bowl of Phoenix, Arizona. The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club is her first book.

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