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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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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by Jen Lancaster
     
 

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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,

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451217608
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/07/2006
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
113,800
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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Bitter Is the New Black 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 399 reviews.
HRH_Candice More than 1 year ago
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.
poosie More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Happy2Bme More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!)
Hush More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
wickedminx More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Jen.. this book made me laugh so much I'm sure I looked nuts on the train every time I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read one of her other books and loved it. Iywas so funny and witty. This one however was boring and not as good and i thought it would be. I was kind of disappointed by it. But i am going to read her others she has out. I hope they are good. 
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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and well written