The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death

Qualifications required for reading a Laurie Notaro book:

  • Have a sense of humor
  • Enjoy potty humor
  • Enjoy laughing at the embarrassing things that happen to real people, like stepping in dog poo or getting your skirt caught in your pantyhose
  • Love personal essay collections

If you meet the above requirements, then you are sure to love almost any Laurie Notaro book, and her latest The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal is no exception.

Notaro has written a handful of essay collections chronicling her life as an Idiot Girl. Yes, some of the humor is going to be rather sophomoric, but Notaro is able to laugh at herself so well that you can’t help but laugh with her. It’s hard to read one of her essay books and not laugh out loud. You may not like every story in this book – I know that I didn’t get that much out of a few of them, but others were hiiiiii-larious. She does have one very poignant story about the death of her dog that struck me especially hard, because there were so many parallels between her dog’s death and my dog’s death a few years ago. I laughed. I cried. I recommend this book, especially for Idiot Girls everywhere. (Want to see if you’re an idiot girl? Take this quiz.)

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