An Idiot Girl's Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the by Laurie Notaro

By Laurie Notaro

IT’S LAURIE NOTARO’S vacation instruction manual.
PREPARE TO snicker YOUR TINSEL OFF.

It’s the main wonderful–and so much dreadful–season of the yr, while containers of brownies assault your thighs, drunken vacation revelers remain gone their welcome, and your grandmother has conniptions on the division shop over the cost of hand lotion. Welcome to Laurie Notaro’s Christmastime.

In ten brand-new tales and 3 formerly released favorites, Notaro stocks the sidesplitting day-by-day failures of the vacations, like discovering herself on emergency female product recon in the dead of night on Christmas Eve; surrendering to the inevitable terrible reward Parade via easily soliciting for vacation dish towels and large white underpants from Sears; scuffling with the morons in line on the 7th Circle of Hell, differently often called the homemade craft shop; and attempting to reside down her attractiveness because the so much Unfun Christmas get together visitor Ever, because of an unlucky false impression concerning a faux overdose and emergency paramedics.

So even if you end up on the uninteresting and clever get together or the Raucous and silly get together this vacation season, you’ll continually understand the place to discover Laurie–just stick to the chocolate path over to the cheese platter. She’ll be the single dialing the police officers.

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