Author Laurie Notaro on Her New Book and Coming Back to Phoenix

Courtesy of Laurie Notaro

Bestselling author and former Phoenix-area journalist Laurie Notaro is back in the Valley of the Sun. No, she didn't pack up the U-Haul and move here for good (though the idea isn't completely off the table.)

Notaro will make appearances this week at Changing Hands Bookstore and the Desert Ridge Barnes & Noble to introduce her new collection of humorous stories, It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy.

Like her earlier nonfiction works, this one's filled with self-deprecating humor and tales we can all relate to, including those of late-night, Ambien-fueled eating binges and a tight top that wouldn't come off in the dressing room.   

We caught up with the humble humorist this weekend and she dished about veganism, free-range boobs, and the all-true stories she decided to include in her latest work.   

So how has your family reacted to the new book?

I gave the book to my mom last night and she wasn't happy. I don't even think she's going to read it. She said, "If I'm going to write a book, it's going to be called, 'Laurie Lies.'" I told her, "You know the deal. If you want me to stop writing about you, you just have to shut up." But she just can't do that. I'm glad, because I think she's so funny.

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Wynter Holden
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