Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life

Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life

by Laurie Notaro


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“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

#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
“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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101886083
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 257,067
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Laurie Notaro has been fired from seven jobs, laid off from three, and voluntarily liberated from one. Despite all that, she has managed to write a number of New York Times bestselling essay collections. She lives with her husband in Oregon, where—according to her mother, who refuses to visit—she sleeps in a trailer in the woods.

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Birth of a Hoarder

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Table of Contents

Birth of a Hoarder 3

Thank You for Being Unfriend 15

Housebroken 23

Kissssssss Me 35

I Do Not Want Shit in my Shoes 47

The Incredible Travels of SS Laurie, The Destroyer 61

I Will Survive. Hey Hey. 71

The Ham-Off 81

The Day I Grew a Second Head 89

Scattered, Covered, and Smothered: The Infinite Wisdom of Waffle House 101

Goy Toy 113

Laurie is a Big B 121

God save the Twinkie 129

Nana's Recipes 141

Make Me a Dress!! 165

Behold the Power of Cheese 175

Smokin' Hot 187

Fatty Fatty Two by Four 197

Modern Housecraft 209

The Year My Mother Canceled Christmas 215

The Spaghetti Level of Relationship 219

The Pile 223

Timber 241

Where Is Home? 251

Dear Laurie, Age Twenty-Five 259

Acknowledgments 269

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