After a series of false starts nearly gets her exiled from town, Maye decides that her last chance to connect with her new neighbors is to enter the annual Sewer Pipe Queen Pageant, a kooky but dead-serious local tradition open to contestants of all ages and genders. The first novel from the new york times bestselling author of The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club is a rollicking tale of small-town peculiarity, dark secrets, and one extraordinary beauty pageant.
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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, and completely relatable, fabulously improper, 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.
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Housebroken is a rollicking new collection of essays showcasing her irreverent wit and inability to feel shame. 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.
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She delivers the goods: life as we all know it. Every day she fearlessly rises from bed to defeat the evil machinations of dolts, dimwits, and creepy boyfriends—and that’s before she even puts on a bra. She writes about a world of hourly-wage jobs that require absolutely no skills, a mother who hands down judgments more forcefully than anyone seated on the Supreme Court, horrific high school reunions, and hangovers that leave her surprised that she woke up in the first place.
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Notaro makes misstep after riotous misstep as she shares tales of marriage and family, the emails from her mother with “FWD” in the subject line “which in email code means Forecasting World Destruction”, including stories about the dog-bark translator that deciphers Notaro’s and her husband’s own “woofs” a little too accurately, and the dead-of-night shopping sprees and Devil Dog–devouring monkeyshines of a creature known as “Ambien Laurie.
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. After maxing out her last good credit card at banana republic, she’s dressed for success and ready to face the jungle: surviving feral, overstuffed in way-too-small pants new mom Suzzi, six-foot-plus Gretchen “Three Thousand Faces of Eve” before battling the overbearing, who ruthlessly cancels Laurie’s newspaper column and learns that payback can be a bitch.
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. Laurie also explores the backstabbing world of preschoolers at a Halloween party, the X-rated madness of a family trip to Disneyland, and the pressure from her QVC-addicted mother and the rest of the world to reproduce.
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. She’s back in school, learning the parameters of spooking and how to become a successful spirit in order to complete a ghostly assignment. With her world spinning wildly out of her control, Lucy decides to make a new start and moves upstate to live with her sister and nephew. But then things take an even more dramatic turn: A fatal encounter with public transportation lands Lucy not in the hereafter but in the nearly hereafter.
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But it does get funnier. In autobiography of a fat Bride, home improvement, Laurie contemplates family, and the horrible tyrannies of cosmetic saleswomen. She finds that life doesn't necessarily get any easier as you get older. Humor. Laurie finds grown-up life just as harrowing as her reckless youth, as she meets Mr.
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From the kid at the pet-food store checkout line whose coif is so bizarre it makes her seethe “I’m going to kick his hair’s ass!” to the hapless Sears customer-service rep on the receiving end of her Campaign of Terror, no one is safe from Laurie’s wrath. Patrick’s day “when i’m driving, the last thing I need is a herd of inebriates darting in and out of traffic like loaded chickens” are the stuff of legend.
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