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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
     

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

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by Jen Lancaster
 

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Readers have followed Jen Lancaster through job loss, sucky city living, weight loss attempts, and 1980s nostalgia. Now Jen chronicles her efforts to achieve cultural enlightenment, with some hilarious missteps and genuine moments of inspiration along the way. And she does so by any means necessary: reading canonical literature, viewing classic films, attending

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Readers have followed Jen Lancaster through job loss, sucky city living, weight loss attempts, and 1980s nostalgia. Now Jen chronicles her efforts to achieve cultural enlightenment, with some hilarious missteps and genuine moments of inspiration along the way. And she does so by any means necessary: reading canonical literature, viewing classic films, attending the opera, researching artisan cheeses, and even enrolling in etiquette classes to improve her social graces.

In Jen's corner is a crack team of experts, including Page Six socialites, gourmet chefs, an opera aficionado, and a master sommelier. She may discover that well-regarded, high-priced stinky cheese tastes exactly as bad as it smells, and that her love for Kraft American Singles is forever. But one thing's for certain: Eliza Doolittle's got nothing on Jen Lancaster-and failure is an option.

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Publishers Weekly
After embarrassing herself in front of her idol Candace Bushnell, popular memoirist Lancaster (Such a Pretty Fat, Bitter is the New Black) decides she needs more in her life than reality TV and hamburgers; to that end, she sets out on an Eliza Doolittle-esque project of cultural self-improvement to expand her knowledge of art, fine dining, and all the attendant trappings of "high class" life. Lancaster's latest will no doubt appeal to fans of her blog and her other books, but readers unfamiliar with her strident manner will have to get past her abrasive, initially judgmental façade; she puts on a proud display of her ignorance that can be off-putting, especially when couched in her excessively scattered writing style. Though she's unquestionably funny and comfortable in her own skin, for all the joking self-regard there's little actual exploration, and the analysis of what she does find doesn't go far beyond a sassy thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451231864
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
302,763
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(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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My Fair Lazy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 190 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Readers like me who have previously enjoyed Jen Lancaster's books in print form might find the ebook slightly disappointing. This was the first of Lancaster's books that I read on the Nook, and because of the functionality (or lack thereof) of the device, I wasn't able to reference footnotes at the bottom of the page. Rather, they are listed like a glossary in the back of the book. For Nook readers this meant either constantly flipping back and forth between the footnotes page and the rest of the text, or forgoing what I believe are sometimes Lancaster's most witty remarks. I enjoyed the book overall, however, still a very good read.
Nookie_Girl More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Jen but this book is totally disappointing. I was hoping that the story will improve as each chapter unfolds ---but I wasted my time. For nook owners, email me and I'll let you borrow for free ... In fairness, I still like her!
Jdearing More than 1 year ago
Loved her as I have in all if her books but just didn't work for me as an ebook. Given Jen's footnote style the nook app (or my ipad) sent all of the footnotes to the back which would be cool if they were not critical to her story telling. Also, I totally hogged the new family iPad for the 24 hours it took me to read the book (read did not play well with others). For the above reasons, I highly recommend the book in BOOK form. Happy reading! Jen
Cariblogs More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading My Fair Lazy by New York Times Bestselling Author Jen Lancaster. Jen writes memoirs about what's going on in her life, but with a humorous spin. Think a mix of Kathy Griffin, Lucille Ball, a splash of preppy plaid, stir in wine, throw in a funny husband and two pit bulls and you have Jen Lancaster. I love what Jen did in her latest book My Fair Lazy where she attempted to "culture up" or have a Jenaissance as she called it. Jen starts her Jenaissance when she realizes that she watches way too much reality tv, is not a fan of cultural events, and is afraid of food she hasn't tried before. I do love that she is a Twilight fan and I will even forgive her for being Team Jacob. She does mention in her book that she likes Robert Pattinson but not Edward Cullen. Jen even made her own version of New Moon with her Twilight Action figures which she posted on her blog. Jen starts off small with a quest she calls Jen Eats the World. She decides that she will try different foods from other cultures. She finds out she really likes Cuban and had me laughing out loud about her Castro comments. I love how she includes funny emails to her husband Fletch and her friends through out the book. In one she writes to her friend Stacy about a meeting she appeared to be having with her dog Maisy, who she sometimes refers to as armpit bull. On Maisy's agenda, cookies, poops, dropped food, and jumping on guests. Jen also includes footnotes with great little comments. I can not get through one of Jen's books without laughing hysterically. If you need a break from fiction or if you're looking for a new author you that you will instantly fall in love with then I highly recommend Jen Lancaster. For more info visit Jen's blog http://www.jennsylvania.com/
lilpiggie More than 1 year ago
Life as Jen Lancaster knows it? Hilarious. MY FAIR LAZY is Jen's foray into self-enlightenment. She wonders if it is time to get off the couch, away from TV Reality Shows and venture into the world of culture. At the same time, she has a reflection that perhaps if she were a "kinder, gentler" Jen she might have more success, or at least not piss off quite as many people around her. This is a great premise for her to explore with her wit and sarcasm. For anyone not familiar with her work, she is a bit like an "bitter Seinfeld" and her observations on life and all the people surrounding her are truly entertaining. If you have been a fan of her books right from the beginning (Bitter is the New Black) you will love this book. However, be prepared that she has actually softened an ever-so-tiny bit...to my pleasant surprise! Having read all of her books (which, by the way, I strongly recommend before just jumping into this one, though it can certainly stand alone..why miss out?) I have seen her grow from a very bitter, bitingly sarcastic, fairly angry and even occasionally caustic person into a slightly (emphasis on that word) more laid back version of that same woman. I can't help but feel that I have had a part in that. Okay, so I only read her books, but still...it's been like watching my child develop into well rounded individual (minus all the college tuition bills). During Jen's explorations she makes some great strides in "culturing up" as she puts it, and gains some insight regarding her personality, most importantly without losing her Fabulous self. I think one of her friends says it best at one point in the book, telling her that it might not be about what she is saying...but about what she is listening to. A lesson we could ALL learn, grudgingly, as she does. I most definitely recommend following Jen as she leaps off the couch and into the "real world"!
deniselouise13 More than 1 year ago
Jen Lancaster's latest book is laugh-out-loud funny! While I don't always get the realty TV references because I refuse to watch any (except ANTM!), her quest for cultural enlightenment is hilarious as expected. I enjoyed this book much more than her last two, and rate it up there with "Bitter" and "Bright Lights". And, if she's is coming to your town, GO. SEE. HER. She is even funnier in person! You will not be disappointed. http://www.jennsylvania.com/
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Jen spills all in her memoir My Fair Lazy. Choosing to sit back and laugh at others on reality television shows. When she decides to sit the remote down, turn off the TV and venture out into the real world to see what life is like on that side. Her attempts for a cultural makeover make for a very entertaining read. She takes you along to experience her many adventures including theater, dance, poetry and more. She is a very talented writer whose voice begs to be heard. She's on my favorite authors list now.
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I have read everything that she has out there and her memoirs are hilarious. I would and have recommended her writing to friends wanting a good laugh.
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yarag009 More than 1 year ago
"Breaking is for cowards and turn signals for the weak" LOL #JenLancaster in her book My Fair Lazy... If you are looking for a super funny summer book, beach read, etc., buy ANY of her books. You will laugh. A LOT. I met her at her last book signing in Dallas and she is just as funny in person! Does not disappoint.
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Lol.. Ok I want a nook friend :3 ~ Kaiya
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