Monday, February 26, 2007

Bitter Is The New Black

As I said I know a lot of you have read this book but if you have not I am begging you to pick it up!

Book Description
"Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb.

She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life-and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good.

Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it's a rollicking read as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon."

From Publishers Weekly

It doesn't take Lancaster long to live up to her lengthy subtitle ("Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office"): in just one chapter, she gloats over cheating a homeless man, is rude to a waitress and passes judgment on all of her co-workers (including her "whore" best friend). She's almost gleeful about lacking "the internal firewall that keeps us from saying almost everything we think," but she doesn't come off as straightforward, just malicious. (Of course, it's possible she's making up much of her dialogue, which is a little too clever to be believable.) Lancaster expects sympathy for her downward slide after getting fired from her high-paying finance job in the post-9/11 recession, and chick lit fans may be entertained watching life imitate fiction, but just when you start to feel sorry for her, the snotty attitude returns. In later chapters, Lancaster increasingly relies on entries from her blog (www.jennsylvania. com) and caustic replies to criticisms, and though things start looking up—her husband finds a job, she lands a book deal—it's not clear that she's been as chastised by her experiences as she claims. (Mar. 7) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

All in all i super funny, good light hearted read!

She's funny, smart and of course preppy! AND SHE BLOGS!!!!
Jen Lancaster


Anonymous said...

Lovely Monogram Momma pointed me in the direction of this this book; it is really fab, isn't it? And her blog is funny too!

Southern Sugar said...

Looks like a fun read. I'll pick it up. Thanks for posting. Are you still skoo-booting around?

Britt said...

Great, I can't wait to read it - its on my amazon list!

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

I'm going to pick up this weekend! It sounds great.

SLC said...

I'm looking for a new, fun book to read. Thanks for the recommendation. Now I need to find 1 or 2 more so I can get free shipping on Amazon. Any other recommendations?

Chloe said...

totally off topic, but we SUCK when it comes to our little project!!! Shall we pick it up again this weekend when I'm over the flu?!

C x

Kimberly said...

Yes we do! :( more me though hun!

Lilly said...

Love this book. Must read!

FluteLoop said...

I think I am going to have to go pick this book up. Sounds like its a fun read!

suburban prep said...

Ok have you seen that she has a new book? Funny Title--Bright Lights Big Ass.Saw it on Amazon recently.
Read Bitter is the New Black at the gym -stingingly sarcastic and funny (especially if you live in the chicago area--which I do).

Donna said...

I am almost finished with this book...thank you! It is fabulous! I teach college English and want to add this to my novel class this summer. Love love love it.
Donna (kep's aunt)
Kim, I love your blog!