Admissions of An Untidy Life

Paperback - 2016
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"...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). 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."--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101886083
Branch Call Number: PS3614.O785 Z466 2016
Characteristics: x, 270 pages ; 21 cm


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ 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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