Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

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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 ...

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Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

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Overview


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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451217608
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 148,250
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Jen Lancaster

Jen Lancaster is the author of Bitter is the New Black. She has lived in Chicago for ten years with her husband and pets, and has yet to get the hang of the subway or returning library books in a timely manner. Visit www.jennsylvania.com
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  • Posted June 16, 2009

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    Chic Lit in Real Life

    Jen Lancaster is one of my favorite authors ever. I have had to buy Bitter several times because I've either worn it out or loaned it out and it got passed so far that it was lost. This is her real story of riches-to-rags, love, and a bad-luck purse. She is bitingly sarcastic, witty, and sometimes just downright mean, but you can't help to love her. The footnotes take a little getting used to, but the story flows so seemlessly it's hard to put down. And we all know where we were when her downturn happens. I recommend this book to people who enjoy biographies, chic lit, sex and the city, sarcasm, designer apparel, girly drinks, and really good books.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    Hilarious! GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR!!

    WITTY! HILARIOUS! DELIGHTFUL, FUN READ! My stomach muscles ached throughout from laughing so hard! THE AUTHOR HAS A TERRIFIC SENSE OF HUMOR!! GREAT PICK-ME-UP!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2009

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    Hilarious!

    I loved this book, and I sort of stumbled upon it accidentally...now I am into Jen's third book, and they are all great. I see a lot of myself in the author, and I love that she gives a true-to-life, no B.S. account of her story without taking herself too seriously. Her ability to inject humor in everything is a quality I really admire, too. Highly recommended.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    Bitter & Boring

    I forced myself to continue reading this book - hoping it will get better. I was bored in the first chapter, and then I was just disgusted by Lancaster's pomposity. It was by far one of the worst books I have ever read. She tries really hard to be funny, among other things, to no avail. I read this book about a year ago, and I am still bitter about wasting my time and money!

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    I almost wet my pants laughing so hard!!!

    I bought this book just because of the title - it sounded so funny. When I was reading this book sometimes I would have to put it down because I could not even see the word due to the tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. Jen Lancaster looks at things the same way most of do but she will say that is how she sees it. Bitchy and Funny!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

    Bitter is my new black

    ....bitter for this book. With trying to be minimally judgmental, the author of this book is respectively not successful in sharing useful insight or lessons on life that could help or inspire any of us. So maybe my expectations were not the right ones. Her humor was dry and I found no comfort in her life for it seemed shallow and frivolous. I read through FIFTY PAGES and no substantial plot was created. I give Jen Lencaster kudos on 'trying' to make her audience laugh but all I honestly heard were crickets...for days.. I recommend reading the first chapter or two and if you like it then you share her humor, if not, be warned that it doesnt get any better and save your precious 'economy-strained' dollars.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    Fantasic book

    I'm so jealous of anyone who hasn't yet read this book and gets to experience it for the first time. Jen Lancaster is the funniest writer and I enjoyed every ounce of this book. Warning: don't pick up this book unless you've got a few hours. You won't want to put it down!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    Bitter and boring bile

    Jen Lancaster's paperback 'memoir' chronicles her self-absorbed downward career spiral. Unlike James Frey, this is no tale of redemption as Ms. Lancaster's book ends with her at the same mean-spirited and self-centered place she began. The power of the internet means that even the most caustic blogger will have their 15 minutes of fame and it is telling that Ms. Lancaster's book is endorsed by another blogging blowhard, Jessica Cutler of Washingtonienne infamy. Hopefully this book ends up on the remainder table where it should remain.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2006

    Bitter Really *IS* the New Black

    If you're like me, at one point you've been in-between jobs. Or you've worked for an office tyrant you would have loved to tell 'go jump in a lake' or something equally (or more-so) torturous. That's right, this book is for YOU! Jen Lancaster's memoir is so laugh-out-funny (not to mention one of those where you have to read out loud to anybody sitting around you because it's just that hilarious and you don't want them wondering why you're snort-laughing, but I digress) because it's definitely relatable to everybody, whether we're in the workplace or in the unemployment line. She tells it like it is, and even says things we think of saying, but dare not. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this book is a winner! (PS. Jen, if you're reading this, I'm so talking like you now after reading the book. I think that's cool -- your personality really shines through. Give my best to Fletch and the dogs!)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

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    Bitter is the New Black

    I love this book. Jen Lancaster says the things we are thinking and wish that we were ballsy enough to say- and she's hilarious while doing it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

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    Bitter is the New Black - made me laugh!

    I thouroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's the perfect book for a lazy day at the beach or pool. I found that I was able to relate to the writer in many ways and enjoyed hearing her story. Her sarcastic nature appealed to my sense of humor. I am looking forward to reading more of her books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    Bitter

    I loved this book! I thought the woman got into my head and was stealing my thoughts it was so familiar. Laughed myself sick reading about her woes and selfish thoughts that we all have but never admit to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    Entertaining but she tries way too hard

    I have not yet finished this book and while I will admit that it has held my attention and is somewhat entertaining, she tries way too hard to be funny, which in turn makes the book unfunny. You would just have to read it to see what I am talking about. I can't belive that so many people mention nothing about this. A lot of it is just over the top and not really believable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2006

    Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

    When I took a buyout package from my job in corporate America, I thought I'd be happy to leave but instead I found myself depressed and aimless. A friend gave me this book thinking it would be 'fun' for me to read but my reaction couldn't have been more opposite. I was disgusted by the author's arrogance and felt this book really didn't deserve to sit amongst unemployment self-help books. Thankfully I found 'Unemployment Boot Camp: Tactics for Surviving and Thriving in the 21st Century' by R.A. Long also on Barnes and Noble.com. This book helped me to quickly get my act together and stop feeling sorry for myself. The book is a quick-read so you can read it today and start making changes by tomorrow. Save your money with 'Bitter is the New Black' it's bitter baloney!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    This is the best book that is true to life

    When I first strated reading this book, I noticed how much the author's attitude resembled my own. I have had to learn to tone down the attitude to be successful in my current job. However, poor Jen Lancaster learned that lesson to late. However it give a real-to-life description of what her and her family had to go through since being laid off her job. If you want to read a book with attitude and perserverance this is a must read. I'm so glad the title seemed so funny to me that I decided to buy it to read this story. I think Oprah should add it to her book club!! Thanks Jennifer Lancaster for the great story and laugh..oh I've never laughed so hard. You're attitude is the best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    A book you will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

    I absolutly loved this book! It was truely like reading my bestfriends mind. I could not stop rolling with laughter. Upon buying this book I expected to hate this snob, but after reading it you can't help but to feel for her and feel this need to be her friend. This is a book that almost everyone will love and a must buy for all your girlfriends. Plus when your done with the book and still thirsting for more you can get it at her just as entertaing website jennsylvania.com . check it out you wont be disapointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2006

    Seriously Hilarious

    When it comes to humorous books, I'm a tough audience. Few authors make me laugh out loud. Until today, Mark Twain, P.G. Wodehouse, P.J. O'Rourke, and J. P. Donleavy were about it. However, I've just finished Bitter is the New Black, and I'm adding the name of Chicago's blogging goddess Jen Lancaster to my list. Buy this book--you won't regret it. Lancaster's prose is deft, the world she describes is vivid, and most important of all, her description of her boyfriend's marriage proposal made me throw back my head and roar with helpless laughter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2006

    One of Those 'Laugh-on-the-Bus-So-Loudly-Everyone-Stares' Kind of Books

    Jen Lancaster at her professonal peak was the poster child for conspicuous consumption and self-absorption. However, she narrates with such a comedic flair that you can't help but secretly hope she finds a way to get the $7,000 backless couch with tufted buttons that dig into her back, just as a thank you for the entertainment. When Jen loses her job and affluent lifestyle she eventually gains a husband, two dogs and the minions she desired all along (Blog readers, minions, same difference!)while treating the reader to what it's like inside a big city unemployment office a special guest spot at her Vegas wedding among the porn stars and what the temps REALLY write in their portfolios . Read this book in public at your own risk, as you truly will find yourself laughing out loud.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Hilarious!!!

    I first fell in love with her books, after seeing a review in Glamour, for the book "Such A Pretty Fat". I knew it would be ever lasting when i caught myself laughing so hard I snorted....@ work!!! Ive read & re-read all her books & have given many as gifts! She's the kind of gal you wanna sit back & watch hours of reality tv with!.....with the mac & cheese of course!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Fantastic read

    Funny and well written

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