The Potty Mouth at the Table

By Laurie Notaro

From the distinguished writer most sensible recognized for the Idiot women’ Action-Adventure Club and defined as “the funniest author within the sun procedure” (The Miami Herald) comes a brand new laugh-out-loud number of essays on rudeness.

Pinterest. Foodies. Anne Frank’s undies. New York occasions bestselling writer Laurie Notaro—rightfully hailed as “the funniest author within the sun approach” (The Miami Herald)—spares not anything and not anyone, least of all herself, during this uproarious new choice of essays on rudeness. With the sardonic, self-deprecating wit that makes us all believe a bit larger approximately ourselves for picking along with her, Laurie explores her fresh misadventures and explains why it’s no longer her who's nuts, it’s them (and ok, occasionally it’s her too).

Whether confessing that her obsession with paying for cloth has reached junior hoarder prestige or mistaking a friend’s heinous tattoo as transitority, Laurie places her special spin—sometimes extraordinary, consistently entertaining—on the various perils of recent dwelling in a mannerless society. From shuddering on the image Harry Potter erotica conjured up at a writer’s staff to lamenting the surprising ubiquity of quinoa (“It appears like larvae irrespective of the way you prepare dinner it”), The Potty Mouth on the desk is whip-smart, unpredictable, and hilarious. In different phrases, irresistibly Laurie.

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