Admissions of An Untidy Life

eBook - 2016
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#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). Inspired by Victorian household manuals, 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 making her own Twinkies, to begging her new neighbors not to become urban livestock keepers, to teaching her eight-year-old nephew about hobos, 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.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781101886090
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Sep 11, 2017

I picked this book up because of the chapter about having a messy home. I didn’t like much else besides that chapter. Towards the end of the book she tells her younger self not to waste time reading books you don’t like. I should have taken that advice and put this one down a quarter of the way through. Laurie is the kind of person who decides to buy orange cones on Amazon so she can designate no parking areas herself. She’s the kind of person who instead of saying “Can you add a little bit more?” will get the manager involved when the deli gives her .22 lbs of cheese instead of .25 lbs. I didn’t find this book funny at all, only mean-spirited.

Jan 31, 2017

Laurie is a down-to-earth and funny writer. These are some great anecdotes of mistakes made, messy houses, life in Oregon, DNA testing, Waffle House stories, as well as some wonderful authentic Italian family recipes. The last chapter about advice to younger self, was particularly insightful.

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