A review of this — 7 years ago
This book is a true autobiography of Laurie Notaro. Actually, to call it an autobiography would be unfair. It’s more like a series of based-on-real-life-events stories.
Laurie is an odd woman, one I can identify with. She is funny and smart in her recollections of family and household antics.
I found the book similar to Candy and Me due to the efforts the author takes to distance herself from her readers and the one-story-at-a-time approach to writing. During the entire book, I’m not sure we ever learn Laurie’s husband’s name. That fact alone disturbed me. Why is it omitted?
There’s no plot going on with the book at all. Each chapter can be read independently of each other. Again, while that’s not a bad thing, it just made the book a choppy read for me.
For some reason I was under the impression that this book would be an actual tale of a fat bride. Maybe the struggles a fat bride has to go through to get her wedding pulled off. In fact, it’s the story of a slightly overweight woman. Maybe two or three chapters are spent discussing the wedding. Guess I should have read the cover better.