I’ve been a huge Jen Lancaster fan since her debut novel, Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending , Egomaniacal, Smart-Ass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office.
I’ve read all of her memoirs and met her in person at a book signing a few years ago. She is incredibly funny, witty and is refreshingly self-aware. Nothing will ever compare to Bitter, as it continues to be her best book, but she does maintain the ability to write highly entertaining accounts of her various misadventures.
In her fifth book, My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict’s Attempt to Discover If Not Being a Dumb Ass Is the New Black, or a Culture-Up Manifesto, Jen takes on a new project. She is going to lay off the reality television (She watches an astonishing amount of them-even more than me!) and creates her own “Jenaissance.” Now that she is a New York Times best selling author, Jen is finding herself in different situations where her big mouth and lack of social ettiquette is leaving her feeling quite ashamed time and time again. Basically, she decides to become more knowledgeable in areas of theater, literature, and expand her horizons in terms of cuisine. As always, her antics get her into trouble, and her constant references to pop-culture are impressive. The best part of Jen’s memoirs are her footnotes, where hilarity further ensues.
I don’t recommend this book for a first time Jen Lancaster reader, you should definitely begin with her first. As I have said before, it’s her best (funniest) and really gives you insight into her life and how she accidentally started writing memoirs. If you have read her books in the past, it’s in the middle. Not the best, but not the worst. (Sorry Pretty in Plaid.) Now I wonder if she wears those slippers?