Author event with Laurie Notaro, Jen Lancaster, & Quinn Cummings

Laurie Notaro is the New York Times bestselling author of The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club, Autobiography of a Fat Bride, I Love Everybody and Other Atrocious Lies, We Thought You Would Be Prettier, Idiot Girls' Christmas, There’s a Slight Chance I Might Be Going to Hell, The Idiot Girls and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, Spooky Little Girl, and It Looked Different on the Model. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

In The Potty Mouth at the Table, Notaro examines the basic human condition of rudeness – other people’s rudeness, that is. Rightfully hailed as “the funniest writer in the solar system” by the Miami Herald, Notaro spares nothing and no one (least of all herself) in her latest hilarious collection of essays.

Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of seven memoirs published by NAL, as well as the novels Here I Go Again and If You Were Here. Hollywood is buzzing about her June memoir, The Tao of Martha. Jen’s rabid fans have followed her as she recounts the woes of job loss, sucky city living, weight loss attempts and 1980s nostalgia in her hilarious memoirs: Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, Such A Pretty Fat, Pretty in Plaid, My Fair Lazy, and Jeneration X. She still blogs at the blog where it all started: and lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband Fletch and her many dogs and cats.

Now, Jen reveals the results of her social experiment in a new book: The Tao of Martha: My Year of Living, or Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog. From closet organization to craft making and party planning to kitchen prep, Jen lived her days according to Martha’s dictates and embraced the ultimate piece of Martha’s advice: The only way to fail is not to try.

Much more than just about how Jen got organized and crafty, The Tao of Martha is a tale of self-discovery. Hilarious, poignant, frustrating and surprising, the book is an intimate look at the impact the journey had on her marriage, her pets, her friendships, how Jen perceives herself, and how her self-awareness evolved over the course of the year. The Tao of Martha is a thought-provoking and candid “year in the life” memoir full of helpful, inspiring lessons for Living.

Quinn Cummings is a former child star best known for her Oscar-nominated role in Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl and the acclaimed TV series Family, as well as the author of the humorous memoir Notes From the Underwire. She lives with her family in Los Angeles and maintains the popular blog, the QCReport (

In The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling, Cummings hilariously explores her family’s decision to wade into the unfamiliar waters of homeschooling.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6:30pm
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ISBN: 9781451659399
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Published: Gallery Books - May 7th, 2013

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Published: New American Library - June 4th, 2013

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