Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer

Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer

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by Jen Lancaster
     
 

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A NOTE FROM JEN LANCASTER:

"To whom the fat rolls…I'm tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can't possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don't find these stories uplifting; they make me want to

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A NOTE FROM JEN LANCASTER:

"To whom the fat rolls…I'm tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can't possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don't find these stories uplifting; they make me want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy champagne drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don't matter. Unfortunately, being overweight isn't simply a societal issue that can be fixed with a dose healthy of positive self-esteem. It’s a health matter, and here on the eve of my fortieth year, I've learned I have to make changes so I don't, you know, die. Because what good is finally being able to afford a pedicure if I lose a foot to adult onset diabetes?"

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Jen Lancaster is like David Sedaris with pearls and a super-cute handbag."
-Jennifer Coburn, author
Jen Lancaster wants to debunk the idea that the road to happiness is paved with skinny jeans and perky self-esteem. The way she sees it, fat isn't an ego crisis; it's a health issue. This hilarious, outrageously candid memoir describes her ongoing battles with savory desserts, "skinny bitches," and weird weight loss gurus. A perfect pratfall follow-up to Bright Lights, Big Ass.
Chicago Sun-Times
She's bitchy and sometimes plain old mean, but she's absolutely hilarious.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451223890
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 5.36(h) x 0.82(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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Such a Pretty Fat 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 163 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read Jen Lancaster's books in order. It's interesting that another reviewer mentioned buying her other 'novels.' They are supposedly memoirs, although the conversations read like things Lancaster wishes that everyone had said, and the final encounter with a heroin addict-type near the pool feels especially bogus. I found the self-referential nature of this book distracting: It's a book about getting a book deal and writing a book about losing weight, in addition to being about the process of losing weight, with cliche observations about Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and working out. How much did the size 24 Lancaster initially weigh? Exactly how much did she lose before gaining back 12 pounds? We don't know. The only photograph is from her first book, and I think it's her wedding picture. She's still bigger than, say, Camryn Manheim, right? Finally, I wonder how the thin-skinned Lancaster would like it if someone were as mean to her as she is to others. She feels superior to the Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers staff members and refers to one counselor with a birthmark as 'Birthmarkie Mark,' 'Princess Big Birthmark,' 'Miss Melanoma,' 'Gorbachev,' 'Little Miss Birthmark,' and 'Senorita Carcinoma.' It isn't even funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though some of the prose is entertaining, it gets repetative. It was highly recommended to me, and thus somewhat disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to read and spend a large chunk of my disposable income on books. This was a very entertaining book but the editing on the nook book is awful! Why the hell am I paying so much money for these books if you can't bother to edit them properly? Would you put out a print book wirh so many errors? Get it together BN. I reccomend this book if you can get past all the typos and broken sentences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jen Lancaster does it again with her sharp wit and even sharper tongue. This hilarious book for every woman who has ever said "Does this make me look fat?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jen Lancaster is "laugh out loud" funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has ever dealt with being fat will appreciate this. Jen hits the nail on the head with her great wit and sarcastic style. Even though I am old enough to be her mom, I could relate to many parts of this book. It is a laugh out loud read. It also is inspiring and helped me take a long hard look at why my dieting always fails and has given me incentive to change my life! Thanks, Jen!!!
cristina915 More than 1 year ago
I found this book hilarious and a nice easy read. As someone that is on a similar journey, it was inspirational to see her get over some of her hangups and fears and make some really great lifestyle changes. I read when I'm on the stationary bike and while reading this book one day I went 2 hours straight without noticing. If you're skeptical about buying it just rent it from the library or a friend. Hope you like it as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too funny... Read it in a day!
Karen Mobley More than 1 year ago
so funny
Jaymee Estrada More than 1 year ago
Read this one!
aconway More than 1 year ago
I love Jen Lancaster... but this BY FAR was her best book! It went like wildfire through everyone at work, and everyone found something to love about it! AMAZING, FUNNY, INSPIRING!!
BarbaraRKY More than 1 year ago
I didn't read Jen's books in order. I chose to read this one first. Jen is witty and honest. Her dieting endeavors match mine, how did she know? This book is an easy and fun read while sitting by the pool or on a rainy Saturday. Other than you super skinny chicks, most women will enjoy this book and appreciate the difficulties with dieting and the temptations. When she added exercising to the mix, her relationship with her personal trainer brought tears to my eyes with laughter. I'm glad her "Barbie" trainer was kind and didn't flaunt her trim physique. I've already started another one of Jen's books.
sweetmamajones More than 1 year ago
Everyone else can you give you a synopsis, so I'm just gonna give you my advice: Get it today. I'm so serious - I've never laughed so much or related so hard with a book, ever.
DarbyD More than 1 year ago
Lancaster's wit kept me reading all four of her memoirs in a row. SUCH A PRETTY FAT stands out for me because I recognize the author's growth; she is maturing. Not to worry, the sass and humor as well as cultural references are not lost. She relays her inner thinking and everyday happenings as honestly as if she's telling her very best friend or husband. No holding back the embarrassing, the indelicate, or the profane. I enjoyed the conversational style of writing. She also uses a stand-up comedy approach bringing stories full circle in a not so predictable way. Definitely looking forward to memoir #5 soon to be published.
LadiSteele More than 1 year ago
I love her outlook and voice in her books, great read!
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Another one that kept me laughing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have seen a lot of reviews on Goodreads from people who did not like this book because of the writing style or humor. I seem to come from a different vantage point. I thought this was a slow starter but it got better at the end. I relate to the character in the book and found I wanted to read more the longer it went on. If you ever struggled over a period of time with weight-loss (and you can find the humor in it), this might be a good book for you.
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This is the first Jen Lancaster book to read - I thought it was funny. I would recommend this book if you like her and her writing style. It was just ok to me.
ncmom70 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Jen Lancaster book. I loved it so much I have read everything else that she has written. Her wit, insight and footnotes are hysterical! My favorite part involves Jabba the Hutt with pearls....This book was an encouragement to get healthy and also to love myself for all of the things I can do on my way to getting there. Read it. Enjoy it & read the rest of her books!
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