It Looked Different on the Model

  • by Laurie Notaro
  • Narrated by Hillary Huber
  • 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everyone's favorite Idiot Girl, Laurie Notaro, is just trying to find the right fit, whether it's in the adorable blouse that looks charming on the mannequin but leaves her in a literal bind or in her neighborhood after she's shamefully exposed at a holiday party by delivering a low-quality rendition of "Jingle Bells." Notaro makes misstep after riotous misstep as she tries (and catastrophically fails) to gain some ground---delightfully whipping up butter-laden cupcakes for the local vegan kids, finding herself banned from the post office for wanting too many two-cent stamps ("The post-office lady looked at me like I had just asked her if she wanted to buy my sex tape"), and discovering what appears to be a corpse on her front lawn seconds before her sister is due to visit ("I had approximately three to four minutes to move the carcass from my yard into my neighbors' yard so my sister would think it was their dead person"). She shares tales of marriage and family, including stories about the dog-bark translator that deciphers Notaro's and her husband's own "woofs" a little too accurately, the emails from her mother with "FWD" in the subject line ("which in email code means Forecasting World Destruction"), and the dead-of-night shopping sprees and Devil Dog-devouring monkeyshines of a creature known as "Ambien Laurie." At every turn, Notaro's pluck and irresistible candor sets the New York Times best-selling author on a journey that's laugh-out-loud funny and utterly unforgettable.


What the Critics Say

"Notaro's humor is self-deprecating without ever swaying into self-pity, and her situations are both specific and universal." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Very entertaining!

This marks the first audio version of one of Notaro’s essay collections that I have listened to. I have read all of her previous books - both fiction and non - and after listening to this one, I want to go back and get audio versions of all those earlier books! It is super entertaining. The narrator does an excellent job with the voices - particularly Laurie’s mother. It’s an addicting listen, too! Though it is light-hearted enough that it makes a good background noise for doing other tasks, it is also easy to do nothing but listen. I found myself taking the long way home while walking and listening.

But a warning while listening in public - there are many genuinely laugh-out-loud scenes described. I embarrassed myself a few times with some loud snorts of laughter! The “Ambien Laurie” stories are particularly hilarious - though when I relayed the story about the Chocolate Stars to my husband, I thought he was going to pee his pants he laughed so hard. It is a wonderful collection with a range of essays that not only are funny, but touching moments as well. I can’t wait for Laurie’s next book - though I think I may be abandoning the print versions in the future for more of these wonderful Audible versions!
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- Yolanda S. Bean

A prescription with your subscription?

I love sarcastic humor. I love dry humor. This is the first time I just couldn't bare to listen to someone drone on and on and ...on in the most depressive way about small monotonous meaningless experiences that make you want to run away to the nearest cave for peace and solitude. Speak with your doctor before buying. Nicely written though.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio