Published by Ballantine Books on July 12th 2016
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Collections & Anthologies, Contemporary, Cooking, Essays, Non-Fiction
#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. Praise for Laurie Notaro “Notaro is a scream, the freak-magnet of a girlfriend you can’t wait to meet for a drink to hear her latest story.”—The Plain Dealer “If Laurie Notaro’s books don’t inspire pants-wetting fits of laughter, then please consult your physician, because, clearly, your funny bone is broken.”—Jen Lancaster, author of I Regret Nothing “Hilarious, fabulously improper, and completely relatable, Notaro is the queen of funny.”—Celia Rivenbark, author of Rude Bitches Make Me Tired
I love Laurie Notaro’s work and when I started finding her columns online, I devoured them. If you have followed her on social media, you know bits and pieces of these works but now you can get the full inside scoop! Notaro is now living in Oregon and instead of a couch in her yard, she has a homeless guy in her alley but the neighbors are infinitely nicer. Learning the ins and outs of the hippy-dippy Northwest just doesn’t seem natural to Notaro. She now has to deal with “weather”. I almost died laughing reading about her dealing with nature, from leaf piles (who knew there is a city service that removes them?) to the dead tree next door falling on her house.
I now want to learn how to cook and sew. I am so glad that she didn’t actually cover cleaning anything since I am not ready for that. I never knew you could hoard fabric, but I am willing to be a collector of that once I get a sewing machine. I even have a fabric room picked out in my house. The family recipes are worth the price of this book alone. You will be starving and ready to try any of the easy ones right away. Notaro makes you feel like you can accomplish anything with her attitude of “if I can do it, anyone can”. This is one book I am not loaning EVER, but I will buy copies as gifts.
About The Author
Laurie Notaro was born in Brooklyn, New York, then spent the remainder of her formative years in Phoenix, AZ, where she created something of a checkered past. She is the New York Times best-selling author of the humor memoirs The Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club, Autobiography of a Fat Bride, I Love Everybody and Housebroken, along with numerous others; two humor novels; and Crossing the Horizon, a novel of historical fiction that tells the true story of once famous and now forgotten aviatrices prior to Amelia Earhart that vied to become the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic. She resides in Eugene, Oregon, has a cute dog, a nice husband and misses Mexican food like it was her youth.