Book Review: I Love Everybody by Laurie Notaro

More and more often it seems that my book selections are recommendations from friends.  I guess I don’t spend enough time skulking around the shelves at Half Price Books or Barnes & Noble anymore. 

At least I know that I can trust my friends to know what I like, and although I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl by Laurie Notaro isn’t quite as fabulous as Outlander, it was still pretty entertaining.

To be fair, I Love Everybody isn’t really in the same realm as Outlander.  Notaro writes from her own experiences and is extremely self-deprecating.  She’s a woman after my own heart.  Every time I picked up the 226 pages of sometimes painful honesty, I couldn’t help but sing a few bars from I Hate Everyone by Get Set Go. 

Even though the main title is I Love Everybody, Notaro actually kind of hates everyone, so I thought the song was fitting.

The book is a compilation of short stories, and Notaro is a true comedian.  She knows how to take everyday, commonplace events and turn them into the funniest thing you’ve heard in awhile.  For anyone who’s been in an emergency room recently, you’ll love Rolling Down The River. 

And although I personally love Kate Winslet, every woman will be able to relate to her hatred of the talented actress in Prude vs. Nude: Why I Hate Kate Winslet.  

In Putting the “Die” in “Diet,” anyone who’s been on the Atkins diet will enjoy a hardy laugh, and in “The Sims,” she exploits her husband’s selective hearing by shouting beer, boobies or video games to get his attention in order to get things done around the house. 

She describes every woman’s worst nightmare in Swimming with the Fishes, and no, it’s nothing like an episode of the Soprano’s.

When I read books like this, I always tend to take my time.  I leave it at work to pick up during a lunch hour when I’ve forgotten my other book, and I’ll read a few sections, or I’ll take it with me to a doctor’s appointment, but I never really give it my undivided attention. 

Notaro’s prose had me laughing so hard at times that I couldn’t wait to get to the next story to see what she was going to say THIS time.

Laurie Notaro (born aft. 1960 in Brooklyn, New York) is a #1 New York Timesbest-selling American writer. Notaro was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in journalism. She co-founded Planet Magazine, and was a senior editor at Tucson Monthly, a full-color city magazine.

Notaro was a columnist for ten years at The Arizona Republic. In October 2001, The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club was picked up by Random House which resulted in eleven books. She is now with Simon & Schuster publishers with the Gallery imprint. Numerous articles, essays, and novels have followed, and she was a finalist for The Thurber Award for American Humor.

She has written for The New York Times, Glamour, BARK Magazine, USA Today, Village Voice Media, and BUST. She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband.

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