Take A Look, It’s in a Book: “The Potty Mouth at the Table” by Laurie Notaro

It has been a summer of reading…

Psych! I get mine from the library because I’m trying to be more frugal. BUT I’ll have you know – for this book, I put in a special request for the library to add it to their collection, so it’s kind of like I indirectly bought a copy.

One of my favs this Summer has been Laurie Notaro’s “The Potty Mouth at the Table.” I’ve been a fan of Laurie’s short stories for a while (she has a TON of books – jackpot for you if you’re not familiar). 

Side note: short stories in general are the bomb.com for people who are exhausted at the end of the day. You can rock one, two of three out before going night night – and unlike a novel, you don’t have to go back 3 pages to remember where you left off – the whole thing might be three pages.

Laurie’s rant in “I Hate Foodies” makes me feel  like we can quickly become best friends. Basically you eat food right? Foodie! I tried to outline this in my holiday xmas gift list “for the foodie” last year. (Laurie – are you reading this? You+ Me+ Antique shopping with Jen Lancaster soon?)

A favorite comments/passages that had me chuckling (and hopefully will encourage you to pick up this book/not get me in trouble with the author) is Laurie’s thoughts on unusual foods for the sake of being unusual from her story “Nettles”:

“Pigeon is something you attack when every other animal has already been eaten. These are foods of last resorts. It’s the menu for the apocalypse.”

There are so many more:  the terror of finding out her bath puff has been considered community property, being startled by a deer and it’s fawn at her house thinking their shiny eyes are aliens, Thanksgiving with vegans…

Pick it up, and you won’t put it down.

(my signature cheese ball closing for good book overviews – a la, each weather person having a signature send off on the Today show “This is the weather in your neck of the woods…”  “Here’s what’s happening outside your window”)


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