Housebroken

Housebroken

Admissions of An Untidy Life

Paperback - 2016
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#1 New York Times bestselling author 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). 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 make her own Twinkies, to begging her new neighbors not to become urban livestock keepers, to teaching her eight-year-old nephew about hoboes, 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.

Praise for Laurie Notaro

"Notaro is a scream, the freak-magnet of a girlfriend you can't wait to meet for a drink to hear her latest story." -- The Plain Dealer

"If Laurie Notaro's books don't inspire pants-wetting fits of laughter, then please consult your physician, because, clearly, your funny bone is broken." --Jen Lancaster, author of I Regret Nothing

"Hilarious, fabulously improper, and completely relatable, Notaro is the queen of funny." --Celia Rivenbark, author of Rude Bitches Make Me Tired

"Notaro is direct and self-deprecating, and her disastrous attempts to sew a dress and make jerky treats for her dog are relatable and funny." -- Library Journal
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101886083
1101886080
Branch Call Number: 814.6
Characteristics: x, 270 pages ; 21 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Sep 11, 2017

I picked this book up because of the chapter about having a messy home. I didn’t like much else besides that chapter. Towards the end of the book she tells her younger self not to waste time reading books you don’t like. I should have taken that advice and put this one down a quarter of the way through. Laurie is the kind of person who decides to buy orange cones on Amazon so she can designate no parking areas herself. She’s the kind of person who instead of saying “Can you add a little bit more?” will get the manager involved when the deli gives her .22 lbs of cheese instead of .25 lbs. I didn’t find this book funny at all, only mean-spirited.

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Jan 31, 2017

Laurie is a down-to-earth and funny writer. These are some great anecdotes of mistakes made, messy houses, life in Oregon, DNA testing, Waffle House stories, as well as some wonderful authentic Italian family recipes. The last chapter about advice to younger self, was particularly insightful.

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