"It Looked Different on the Model" by Laurie Notaro

I have been a fan of Laurie Notaro’s for quite some time now.  I don’t remember how long it has been since I read The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club, but it has definitely been a few years at this point.  I have this one particular friend, actually we share a birthday, and one year we gave each other the latest Notaro book – completely by coincidence.  So it goes without saying that I was excited about her latest collection of humorous essays – It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy.  I ordered it online and then waited for the perfect moment to read it.  I didn’t have to wait too long.  I picked it up just after finishing a very good, but very serious and quite sad book.  This was the perfect pick me up.

Again Laurie shares (maybe overshares?) hilarious stories from her life that I think most woman can relate with.  Like how about the time you went to try on a super-cute top that was on sale, only once in the changing room you discover you have the wrong size?  Sure, it has happened to me lots of times, only Laurie’s situation takes it a little further and much funnier.  Or how about getting coerced into singing Christmas carols in front of a group of near-strangers, with whom you are trying to make a good impression?  Only when it happened to you, you probably didn’t get yourself banned from future neighborhood holiday parties, did you?  Only Laurie, but that is why we love her.  My favorite essays included “Let it Bleed”, “You Must Be My Lucky Star” and “You Give Me Jellyfish Fever”, though “Please Don’t Call China” gets an honorable mention.  I also very much enjoyed meeting “Ambien Laurie” this time around!

If you are on the fence, and not sure if you want to go all in on the book – it looks like one essay from this collection, “The Post Office Lady with the Dragon Tattoo” is available as a stand-alone electronic download for $0.99 through Amazon and the like. This essay is a good example of Laurie’s writing style and sense of humor, but I wouldn’t call it the funniest from the book.  But I thought I’d mention it as an option for you!

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It Looked Different on the Modelhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=sara023-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B004XW5UHO&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=sara023-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0345510992&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr
by Laurie Notaro
Villard, 2011
218 pages
Source: Purchased new

Available at The Book Depository

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3 thoughts on “"It Looked Different on the Model" by Laurie Notaro

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  1. I know this comment is a little late, but I'm only just catching up on my reader 🙂

    Anyway – I love when bloggers post about slightly obscure books. It means we can find new books other than the same-old-same-old, and this one looks great. Onto the wishlist it goes!

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