The Potty Mouth at the Table

The Potty Mouth at the Table

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by Laurie Notaro
     
 

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From the celebrated author best known for the Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club and described as “the funniest writer in the solar system” (The Miami Herald) comes a new laugh-out-loud collection of essays on rudeness.

Pinterest. Foodies. Anne Frank’s underwear. New York Times bestselling author Laurie

Overview

From the celebrated author best known for the Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club and described as “the funniest writer in the solar system” (The Miami Herald) comes a new laugh-out-loud collection of essays on rudeness.

Pinterest. Foodies. Anne Frank’s underwear. New York Times bestselling author Laurie Notaro—rightfully hailed as “the funniest writer in the solar system” (The Miami Herald)—spares nothing and no one, least of all herself, in this uproarious new collection of essays on rudeness. With the sardonic, self-deprecating wit that makes us all feel a little better about ourselves for identifying with her, Laurie explores her recent misadventures and explains why it’s not her who is nuts, it’s them (and okay, sometimes it’s her too).

Whether confessing that her obsession with buying fabric has reached junior hoarder status or mistaking a friend’s heinous tattoo as temporary, Laurie puts her unique spin—sometimes bizarre, always entertaining—on the many perils of modern living in a mannerless society. From shuddering at the graphic Harry Potter erotica conjured up at a writer’s group to lamenting the sudden ubiquity of quinoa (“It looks like larvae no matter how you cook it”), The Potty Mouth at the Table is whip-smart, unpredictable, and hilarious. In other words, irresistibly Laurie.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
New York Times bestselling humorist Notaro returns with her eighth collection of essays featuring amusing anecdotes, clever insights, and charming neuroses. Notaro sounds off on Antiques Roadshow, a rude fedora-clad poet at a writing panel, and the creepiest things one encounters on Facebook. She also shares cringe-worthy stories of a day-long train trip taken while suffering from food poisoning and an encounter with Harry Potter erotic fan fiction. Some of her best work revolves around food, about which she has passionate opinions. She bemoans cooking a Thanksgiving meal for friends with dietary restrictions, complaining: "I had to buy something with the word ‘namaste' on it," dismisses "foodies" for inventing their own language "like twins...or a feral Jodie Foster living secretly in the woods," and lays out the "six signs that Pinterest food pins are destroying the world." Notaro's friends and family provide excellent material, including her sister's fainting after consuming a warm soda too quickly and her husband's wry refusal to allow her to buy "the Great Gatsby of chairs" because of her hoarding tendencies. She can also get poignant, closing with an account of a close friend's battle with a terminal brain tumor. Notaro is sharp, relatable, and pithy; a dynamic combination. (May)
From the Publisher
“[V]ery, very funny…Entertaining beach reading for fans of humorous, breezy essays.”
Jen Forbus
"[S]mart and witty...Essay to essay, her unpredictability will keep readersenthralled and entertained. She even saves the best surprise for last. Ifyou're reading in public, be prepared to answer the question: 'What's sofunny?'"
Bookhounds
"New York Times bestselling author Laurie Notaro—rightfully hailed as “the funniest writer in the solar system” (The Miami Herald)—spares nothing and no one, least of all herself, in this uproarious new collection of essays on rudeness. With the sardonic, self-deprecating wit that makes us all feel a little better about ourselves for identifying with her...The Potty Mouth at the Table is whip-smart, unpredictable, and hilarious. In other words, irresistibly Laurie."
Kirkus Reviews
From comedic essayist and novelist Notaro (It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy, 2011, etc.), another compendium of humorous, heated, autobiographical tales about the minutiae of modern American life. Having consistently hit the best-seller charts with her previous collections of true, often hilarious and bawdy stories, the author sticks with the same formula here. These essays include "I Hate Foodies," "Creepy Facebook Moments" and "Six Things I Never Want to Hear (Again) While Standing in Line at the Pharmacy." Notaro is nothing if not direct as she riffs on topics such as why it's never acceptable for nettles to appear on restaurant menus and hunting down the relative whom she suspects of borrowing her shower puff. Without a plot, these pieces follow no order, but they share her signature, casually blistering tone. In one, entirely made up of food-related expressions that she loathes (including "gastrique," "coulis," "mouthfeel" and "savory"), she offers this explanation for her hatred of the word "delish": "If it's not something you would name your dog or if you're embarrassed to yell it out in front of strangers, we need to banish it from the human language." The book's title was conceived when Notaro appeared on a comedy-writing panel where a fellow presenter condescendingly referred to her as "the potty mouth at the table." She claims to have been humiliated, but that didn't stop her from getting revenge, and it clearly hasn't stalled her from continuing to produce biting, sometimes crude pieces that read more like off-the-cuff rants than revised works of writing. In spite of the essays that miss their mark, when Notaro's funny, she's very, very funny. Entertaining beach reading for fans of humorous, breezy essays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451659412
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
82,725
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Laurie Notaro was a reporter and columnist for The Arizona Republic. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club, Autobiography of a Fat Bride, I Love Everybody and Other Atrocious Lies, We Thought You Would Be Prettier, Idiot Girls’ Christmas, There’s a Slight Chance I Might Be Going to Hell, The Idiot Girls and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, Spooky Little Girl, It Looked Different on the Model, and The Potty Mouth at the Table. She lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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The Potty Mouth at the Table 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the most hilarious, laugh out loud funny book I have ever read! Every new chapter brings a new situation you can relate to. Laurie Notaro hit a solid homerun with this hysterical ,interesting, and enjoyable story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just reread The Pottymouth at the Table. Hilarious and highly recommmended.
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louieML More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be boring and repetitive.
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