The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal

Laurie Notaro has an uncanny ability to attract insanity and leave readers doubled over with laughter In The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, 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 welcomes the newest ex con Laurie Notaro has an uncanny ability to attract insanity and leave readers doubled over with laughter In The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, 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 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.
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death Reflections on Revenge Germophobia and Laser Hair Removal Laurie Notaro has an uncanny ability to attract insanity and leave readers doubled over with laughter In The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death she experiences the popular phenomenon of lase

  • Title: The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal
  • Author: Laurie Notaro
  • ISBN: 9781400065035
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal”

    1. I admit it. I picked this up only and solely because it was available for free on the Kindle from . And this probably biased me pretty heavily - to say my expectations were lowered (especially after some of the other books I've gotten for free for the Kindle) is really understating things. And yet. This book had me truly, helplessly laughing out loud on several occasions, and for that, four stars are basically guaranteed. I'm not saying it's perfect. Notaro's voice has strong echoes of Erma Bomb [...]

    2. The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death is a strong anthology of essays, which Laurie Notaro presents with an utterly unique sense of humor and insight. What may initially appear to be a random collection of humorous and unrelated anecdotes soon unfolds to expose a thoughtful and revealing look at the larger emotional and social issues that underpin the lives of people in general, and women in particular. Notaro treats each of these personal narratives with a biting and self-deprecating [...]

    3. Meh. I've enjoyed Notaro's earlier books (though I wasn't crazy about her novel), but this book probably suffers from Augusten Burroughs/David Sedaris syndrome---the more books of essays one writes, the more desperate one becomes for material, and the strain of forced hilarity shows.

    4. When I read "I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies)" I found myself near tears with laughter on more than one occasion. Naturally, I've been waiting to read another book by Notaro, and so I was delighted to find "The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death" at B&N on sale for $5. Unfortunately it seems that I got exactly what I paid for. "Idiot Girl" comes accross as overblown and formulaic--almost unbelievable at times. Most vignettes are centered around what should (rightly) be un [...]

    5. While I did fully delight in Laurie's quick quips and razor sharp humor this book is not for everyone. She is far far from politically correct and those more sensitive readers will be easily offended. I, myself, am not easily offended and had some guilty laughs (a lot of laughs actually) over these short stories. Remember, the title of the book is "The Idiot Girl" and you may come away agreeing, I simply came away snickering. :-)Just a couple of personal note: In the chapter titled "Ready or Not [...]

    6. Oh wow, I haven't "seen" anyone whine so much since my kids where toddlers. Yikes this woman whines like a 2 year old needing a nap but who can't find her blankie. I disapointingly didn't see the humor in any of this book. Where is the humor in unfortunate family also wanting to have a meal, oh well Ms. Notaro was there to laugh at their disabilities and malformities. what is wrong with the world when that's exceptable? Taking her dog to a dog birthday party? funny? Not sure how. It's not that I [...]

    7. For the most part I found this book a fun read, but in some chapters I found it off-putting that Notaro made jokes about people rather than about situations. While hopefully not intended to be so, a few descriptions came off as mean-spirited and it diminished my enjoyment of the book as a whole.

    8. Very funny. I found myself literally laughing out loudly throughout this book. I was looking for something just not serious and less than light to end my year of book reading on a fun note. What I got with this book was just about that. I'd say 90%. Which was good. This is a non fiction, a little different for me but hey, life is non fiction and that is what author Laurie Notaro writes about. The random hilarity of life. I really enjoyed it. This book is full of all those random situations we al [...]

    9. A funny, light collection of new essays from New York Times bestselling author Laura Notaro fills the pages of "The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death". Her reflections on revenge, germophobis, laser hair removal and more, will have you laughing out loud, and curious onlookers asking what you're reading.I'm fairly certain if I opted for laser hair removal, my experience would match Notaro's, if not be worse--which is probably why I'll never try it. Oh, and by the way, my primary care ph [...]

    10. This was a free kindle book so I downloaded it to switch to when I've had enough of the Brothers Karamazov. Of course, I've finished this after only a few days. Other reviewers compare her to Sedaris and Rakoff but her stories remind me more of the best kind of personal blog.I've heard this isn't her best book so I can't wait to download her others. I didn't care for the first stories (in fact, I'm glad I got past the first story b/c I found it kind of offensive) but I was hooked after the dog t [...]

    11. Mehgot this one on my Kindle for free, so I can't complain too much. I know a lot of people lovelovelove this author, and I suspect that this collection isn't one of her best, so I may try something else from her before giving her up. There were moments that had me laughing, and some that resonated with me in a familiar way, but overall I found the tone a bit tiring.Before now, I hadn't realized how very much "self-deprecating" can be overdone. Sheesh.

    12. Hysterical writer. I have read Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood and liked it. This next one was a gift :) I truly did laugh out loud at the descriptions of her antics. Just what I needed at the beginning of my vacation. I am going to look for more Laurie Notaro soon.

    13. This book was hilarious. There were some essays that were not as good as others, but the good ones more than made up for it. "Crouching tiger, Hidden Rapist" was one of the best quotes from the book. The author kind of reminds me of a slightly crazier me so that definitely helped me relate. I could totally see me saying and doing a lot of the things that she did/said.

    14. My favorite of Laurie Notaro's books thus far!! This will be my go to book when I am in the need for emergency laughter. Not the giggling kind either. The I am chortling like a broodmare with ice tea spraying out of my nose and I am traumatizing my poor cat kind of laughter. This book is laughter therapy!! Stressful week? Notaro to the rescue!!

    15. When I was younger Erma Bombeck was on of my favorite authors. Laurie Notaro is of a different generation, but she makes me laugh too. I will probably read more of her books, when I am in the mood to be cheered up.

    16. This was between a 3 and a 4 for me. Some of the essays were amusing and her style reminded me a lot of Jen Lancaster. It was a quick, fun vacation read that sometimes made me chuckle.

    17. Wear Your Dependse you're going to pee yourself laughing. Laurie Notaro hits it out of the park with this hilarious collection of true IG stories!

    18. Great title but that's the only positive thing I can say.My review after reading another one of her books was that I didn't love it but thought it could be because I read it too quickly, so my approach to this book was to read 1-2 essays per day. It didn't help. I guess I just don't find her funny.It was chugging along to be a 2 star read which for me means I personally didn't like it but think someone else might. Two things ended up pushing me over the line to a 1 star. First, she described peo [...]

    19. I am pretty sure I snorted with laughter for 75% of this book. The other 25% was spent wiping tears from my eyes from said laughter and trying to catch my breath before the next giggle outbreak. She is very funny and relatable in a lot of different ways. Her descriptions of her neurosis and life are beautifully illustrated and lighthearted while dealing with some pretty tough stuff every once in a while.

    20. Maybe I'm too squemish, but I found some of this book more gross-out than humour. And there were times her wit was razor sharp, then others where it just seemed mean spirited. However, her story about her dogs made the whole thing worthwhile.

    21. A funny book of essays. Covers everything from a sex offender moving into the neighborhood, laser hair removal to obsessively watching documentaries on parasites and tapeworms.

    22. I want to go people-watching with Laurie. Great laugh except when I cried/balled during my sons karate class.

    23. Having read a few of Notaro‘s earlier books, I figured this would be a good mental pallet cleanser of a segue back into actual books. Not as crazy-out-of-this-world as Bon Temps, but also not as serious as reading some Salman Rushdie. I expected to laugh and giggle along with the idiocy that runs through her writing. And as is fitting of a fellow idiot girl, it took me until the 2nd entry to realize I was not reading a novel but a collection of personal essays. Duh me. Once I wrapped my head a [...]

    24. A quick read on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Laughed out loud three times. Other times, felt like I was reading a book of inside jokes that I wasn't a part of.

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