AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FAT BRIDE: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood

Laurie Notaro, Author . Villard $12.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-375-76092-1

Notaro (The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club) opens with enough dumped-by-loser-boyfriend stories that readers will share her skepticism when Good Guy finally appears. "He was an endangered species," Notaro writes. "[T]he only thing that could make him more valuable was if he were albino." Since Notaro can't keep Good Guy drunk and clueless forever, she switches to Plan B: frying cutlets, her major life skill. It works, and soon enough they're happily married. If this sounds mature and responsible, guess again. Other people might be able to buy a house, babysit their nephew, buy a new bra or seed their lawn without it being the least bit funny, but not Notaro. Consider the time she and her husband got a new puppy so untrainable it ate from the kitty litter box. Watching her husband get down on all fours and growl like a dog to show kitty who's in charge, Notaro comments, "Well, then, I'm not going to bother making dinner.... The cat just had a bowel movement big enough for the both of you." True, there's a lot of bathroom humor, but it's Notaro's odd take on the ordinary that's funniest. "H&R Block is really Practice Prison," a taste of what tax evaders can expect. Her sister using a breast pump looks like "a hybrid of Barbarella and a Holstein." And who else but Notaro can whisper to her (unwanted) cat as she crates him up for a trip to the vet: "if you see a bright, white light, run toward it"? (July)

Forecast:Notaro's first book was originally self-published, picked up by Villard and spent two months on the New York Times bestseller list. Fat Bride's attractive price and funny jacket (of a woman leaning into the refrigerator) will undoubtedly lure in fans from her first book and new readers, too.

Reviewed on: 05/12/2003
Release date: 07/01/2003
Genre: Nonfiction
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