I had a great weekend reading I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies) by Laurie Notaro. A 30-something woman, prone to having “meltdowns”, Laurie tries to get along with everyone but how can she when she has a mom addicted to QVC, she’s losing most of her friends to motherhood rather than booze and then there’s the cancellation of her newspaper column.
Laurie Notaro takes the everyday things but with her quirky anecdotes turns them into laugh-out-loud funny. For example there is her stop at Costco where she is picking up a birthday cake for her nephew. “My first stop is always the book table. Books are to me as homemade tattoos are to an inmate. Can’t get enough of them.” I think I want that on a bumper sticker. As she goes through Costco she almost runs over a woman with an oxygen tank and makes no friends with the ladies that offer the food samples.
I particularly enjoyed the fact that Ms. Notaro also refers to her moments of forgetfulness as Memento-like. I swear she stole that line from me. Ever since one of my friends and I saw the movie Memento, we always refer to our memento moments when we forget things.
Ms. Notaro is good at poking fun at herself, her family and co-workers. This is a light read but definitely worth it. I’m curious now about her other books and will be looking out for them.
How about you – read anything funny lately?