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The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club: 10/18/08
Laurie Notaro is one of those self printing success stories. After failing to find a publisher for a collection of her humor columns she turned to print on demand. The success of her book caught the eye Random House who offered her a two book deal. She now has seven books.
The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club is Laurie Notaro's first book with Random House. It contains a series of short stories from her life. They can be divided up for the most part into tales about drinking, tales about the effects of drinking, and tales about being repressed about sex. Where are the "tales from a magnificent and clumsy life" promised by the subtitle and illustrated by the delightfully fully cover photograph? I don't know because I didn't see any in the book.
My favorite chapter from this mediocre book is "Dead in a Box." It covers Laurie's cleaning binge of the "scary room." A roommate had left the ashes of a departed loved one in a box under a bed. Then the roommate had left and forgotten the box. How she deals with the situation made me grin.