The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death

The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death

Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal

Book - 2009
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Laurie Notaro has an uncanny ability to attract insanity--and leave readers doubled over with laughter. Need proof? Check out The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death and try not to bust a gut.

Join Notaro as she experiences the popular phenomenon of laser hair removal (because at least one of her chins should be stubble-free); bemoans the scourge of the Open Mouth Coughers on America's airplanes and in similarly congested areas; welcomes the newest ex-con (yay, a sex offender!) to her neighborhood; and watches, against her own better judgment, every Discovery Health Channel special on parasites and tapeworms that has ever aired--resulting in an overwhelming fear that a worm the size of a python will soon come a-knocking on her back door.

In Notaro's world, strangers are stranger than fiction. One must always check the hotel bathroom for hobo hairs and consciously remember not to stare at old men with giant man-boobies. And then there are the lessons she has learned the hard way: Though it may seem like a good idea, it's best not to hire a tweaked-out homeless guy to clean up your yard.

The Plain Dealer says that Laurie Notaro is "a scream, the freak-magnet of a girlfriend you can't wait to meet for a drink to hear her latest story." With The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, Notaro proves she's not only funny but resigned to the fact that you can't look bad ass in a Prius. Don't even try.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Villard Books, 2009
Edition: Villard Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780812975741
Branch Call Number: 814.6 NOT NVD
Characteristics: x, 218 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Aug 06, 2012

This book was funny in parts, but not too funny about her dog-which was not so much matter of fact as it was so devoid of emotion you could feel the wrenching sadness of it. (ever been so overcome, you could only keep a stone face?) Ms. Notaro's stories are almost all only understood by women, particularly women of a certain age.

Jan 01, 2010

There is nothing funny in this book; it did not even make me smile. She has a chapter matter-of-factly explaining the death of her dog. The book is self-absorbed, mean-spirited, sometimes racist, and boring. -LE

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