Certain things are never easy to accept: forgiveness, death, the fact that your cat broke your nose. That last bit actually happened to author Laurie Notaro, but at least she lived to write about it. The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, Notaro’s first book in three years, is a gentle reminder that it’s perfectly OK to be an idiot. The former Arizona Republic columnist’s tales explore not-so-everyday adventures, from dabbling in laser hair removal to her stint watching every Discovery Channel show about parasites and the joys of turning 40. Often compared to writers such as David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs, Notaro chronicles her bizarre life stories with an offbeat sense of humor and uncensored wit in these 12 jovial short stories. Notaro discusses and signs copies of her work at 6:30 p.m. at Borders, 1801 K St. NW. Free. (202) 466-4999.