Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life

Housebroken Admissions of an Untidy Life Laurie Notaro isn t exactly a domestic goddess unless that means she fully embraces her genetic hoarding predisposition sneaks peeks at her husband s daily journal or has made a list of the people s

  • Title: Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life
  • Author: Laurie Notaro
  • ISBN: 9781101886090
  • Page: 203
  • Format: ebook
  • Laurie Notaro isn t exactly a domestic goddess unless that means she fully embraces her genetic hoarding predisposition, sneaks peeks at her husband s daily journal, or has made a list of the people she wants on her Apocalypse Survival team her husband s not on it Inspired by Victorian household manuals, Notaro chronicles her chronic misfortune in the domestic arts, incLaurie Notaro isn t exactly a domestic goddess unless that means she fully embraces her genetic hoarding predisposition, sneaks peeks at her husband s daily journal, or has made a list of the people she wants on her Apocalypse Survival team her husband s not on it Inspired by Victorian household manuals, Notaro chronicles her chronic misfortune in the domestic arts, including cooking, cleaning, and putting on Spanx while sweaty which should technically qualify as an Olympic sport Housebroken is a rollicking new collection of essays showcasing her irreverent wit and inability to feel shame From defying nature in the quest to making her own Twinkies, to begging her new neighbors not to become urban livestock keepers, to teaching her eight year old nephew about hobos, Notaro recounts her best efforts and hilarious failures in keeping a household inches away from being condemned After all, home wasn t built in a day.

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    1. Laurie Notaro will always make you laugh out loud. She is that quirky neighbor that you would love to have (who doesn't worry about what the new neighbors are going to be like), the girlfriend that will make you pee your pants by making you laugh so hard. I love that she can take her every day antics and put them on paper as if they are the biggest story of the day! I enjoyed her recipes in this book and her delightful homage to twinkies. I love that she can laugh at herself and come out winning [...]

    2. Sigh do I express my love for Laurie Notaro? All the stars.I think when I read Laurie Notaro I must be experiencing the same feeling a 22 year old girls gets listening to Taylor Swift. "It's like she understands me!" Notaro NEVER fails to make me laugh out loud, in solidarity and embarassment. Reading anecdotes and observations from her life is so enjoyable. Before the world fell in love with Jenny Lawson and Amy Schumer, Notaro was the funny woman to read. She is still as relatable and hilariou [...]

    3. What a fun read! Loved hearing about life in Oregon and the Waffle House stories. I thought I might've been her evil twin (Emily) but then I'm pretty sure my gob contains 0% Italian DNA.

    4. So sad to say I have never heard of Laurie Notaro. My library recommended this book to me since I like to read memoirs and humor. Unfortunately there was not enough humor for me. I laughed a few times, but mostly just read and wondered what the point was at the end of some of Notaro's essays. Notaro's essays mainly focus on her life living in Oregon with her husband and her not so tidy life/house. We get to read about how she had grapes turn into raisins and apparently ate them. I maybe shuddere [...]

    5. ME: How are you, Colleen?COLLEEN: I had chickens once. They were torn limb from wing by raccoons: You invited murder into your backyard. I’m sorry, that is not sad. But please remember to make sure you take whatever tortilla chip you touch. You have mouse shit hands. And most likely the hantavirus. Again, please stop touching all the chips.This book was nothing like I expected. I ordered it for my library and the cover caught my eye when it arrived. Since the cover was a picture of woman cover [...]

    6. This was an enjoyable romp through Laurie's everyday life, which can be funny, frustrating, or just plain weird (she lives in Eugene, Oregon, which can be an odd little city--I grew up there, I know). I loved the stories about teaching her nephew the fine art of hygiene, how to make gravy for Italian meatballs (silly me, I thought it was called "marinara" or "spaghetti" sauce), and her attempts to make homemade Twinkies. One of the most laugh-out-loud moments was her rebuttal after reading Marie [...]

    7. ARC for review. EPD - July 12, 2016. I adore Laurie Notaro - so down to earth and funny, and perfectly willing to call herself outd she's a little older and wiser, so I relate to her a bit better than to some of the younger humor writers out there. This is yet another amusing series of short essays - I loved the one about the Waffle House and how it's the place for true honesty in humanity (and for her her nephews) and her letter to herself at age twenty-five This time she includes some great It [...]

    8. I love Laurie Notarot only is she a great humorist, she's also a great person. I follow her on Facebook and she has quite a following. She always has something thoughtful to say about current events.

    9. She's back, and she's awesome. Laurie Notaro has always been one of my favorites, but her last few books haven't been up to her level. I'm thrilled to say that this one was perfection. I cackled loudly and often, like the Idiot Girl that I'll always be.

    10. Readers can always depend on Laurie Notaro to provide hysterical yet thought-provoking material in her "everyday-is-an-adventure" essay books. (I am curious to see how her novels go; haven't yet gotten hold of one.)The quote that got me laughing out loud:Laurie considers saying to a deli employee:Do not "tell me that twenty-two percent is a quarter pound, because it's not. Your next move should not be insisting that twenty-two percent IS a quarter pound, because although I went to college a long [...]

    11. A great book of essays. I spent 90% of my time while reading this book laughing out loud. Notaro is brazen, astute, witty, and unapologetic. I’m pretty sure she’s my soul sister. For anyone who hasn’t yet read a book by Notaro, go out now and immediately buy one of her books. Go now. I’ll wait.

    12. I absolutely love Laurie Notaro! I have read 4 of her books now and really enjoyed them all. She has a crazy, quirky sense of humor that I can really relate to. She takes the mundane and blows it out of portion in ways a lot of think about but don't say or do. My favorite chapter in Housebroken was about her reading that "Tidy Life" book - laugh out loud funny. Although, from one Italian to another, I will have to debate her on a true Italian "gravy" recipe - why would you add a can of tomato SA [...]

    13. I'll admit right now that I did not realize this book was even released, but was going online to read about the author's latest historical fiction Crossing the Horizon and saw it listed. There was a time when I knew when all of Laurie Notaro's books were coming out, and they didn't sneak up on me. She's one of my favorite living writers, and I know she's on , reviewing books and whatnot, so I still harbor hopes that someday we'll meet and swap stories of idiot girl-dom. I saw that she had a new [...]

    14. I must have read a different book than all the other reviewers who commented on how hilariously laugh-out-loud funny this is? I was not even a little bit entertained.

    15. It's been a pleasure to read a new collection of Laurie Notaro essays every year or so, as she, um . . ."matured" doesn't seem to be quite the right word here. In the old days we saw her as a single girl willing to try a wide variety of recreational amusements, then as a newlywed adapting to married life, and now as an established and successful writer with twenty years of marriage under her belt.Even though her experiments have shifted from dabbling in various pharmaceuticals to trying out diff [...]

    16. As usual, Notaro’s books will make you chuckle. I’ve been a long-time fan of hers. Her chapters on being a slob make me feel like we are kindred spirits, and, in this case, a little better about myself because even I’m not *that* bad. When she’s given a book that promises that becoming a tidy person will transform her life, she can’t help but heap hilarious derision on the writer and all people who are tidy. “Tidy is a vegan and that will be the first thing you know about her.” Not [...]

    17. What can I say about Laurie Notaro that I haven't previously said? I have bought and read every book she's written. I love her humorous essays a bit more than her fiction, but she captivates me with whatever she writes. She would make my top 10 list of all time favorite writers easily. I enjoy reading her reviews right here on GoodReads and if she likes a book, I want to read it. She is one of the few people with whom I would want to be friends. I like her flaws as much as her strengths. She sou [...]

    18. 3.5 Stars This is the IDEAL car audiobook to play as you run errands around town. Short essays written by a wickedly funny woman who should really be my friend. There was a story highlighting a visit to her doctor that goes horrifically off track, focusing on her "SPANX" thumb ("Just how much do you spank!?" asks her physician). No, she doesn't have children, she has lumps. This is a repetitive injury caused by hoisting up her girdle. Good Lord! I just HAD to play it for my colleague because thi [...]

    19. My first Laurie Notaro! Very fun, and I'd read her again. My only issue is that there was a lack of cohesiveness or organization to the essays (or if there was one, it escaped me). While they were all about how Laurie lives in her home, in one way or another, it was not a very common thread. I felt like each one was a little all over the place. And there was no particular order to them that I could see, so we were revisiting things constantly to put things in context. But that's minor. Overall, [...]

    20. I had never heard of Laurie Notaro before seeing this book, but I ended up identifying with her on so many levels. I don't consider myself a hoarder, everything is exactly where it needs to be, even if that is packed high in stacks of boxes. I too tend to start projects and then get distracted by something else and forget to finish. I am also a larger woman who has pcos and thinning hair. So on and so on. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read some of Laurie's other books.

    21. This audiobook made me laugh out loud a couple of times but almost one complete disc was recipes being read aloud. Annoying. But the part about being a "chubby" woman going through airport security was hilarious! :)

    22. I love everything she writes. This is no exception. She makes me laugh out loud to the point of tears. Read all her books. Trust me.

    23. Maybe I just wasn't prepared for her humor. This is not a comical answer to Marie Kondo. Maybe that's what I was looking for.

    24. 3.75 stars. It's always fun reading Laurie Notaro books. Plus this one has the bonus of recipes and she makes cheese!

    25. This essay collection was a bit uneven, but made me laugh out loud in places, which I rarely do in books.

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