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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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. ...

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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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Overview

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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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.
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She's bitchy and sometimes plain old mean, but she's absolutely hilarious.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451223890
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 289,154
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 5.36 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents


Author's Note     xi
Prologue     1
Like I Haven't Heard That Before     5
Pack Your Knives and Go, Mom     19
Talking (Territle) Turkey     34
Two Fat People Admit Defeat     49
Lookin' Good and Feelin' Fine? Not So Much     61
Shame con Queso     84
I Wish I Could Quit You, Olive Garden     105
Genttemen, Start Your Cheesecakes     124
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time     137
Careful What You Wish For     152
I Like New York in June; How About You?     168
Less Talk-y, More Drive-y     188
Reaching Critical (M)Ass     211
Baby Steps     229
Metamorpha-Sissy     244
Gym Dandy     264
Et Ju, Valerie Bertinelli?     284
Enough with the Cake Already; God!     304
Swim It Out, Bitch     322
The N-a-k-e-d Truth     342
By the Numbers     372
Epilogue     375
Acknowledgments     377
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    Disappointing ...

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2010

    Highly Recommend

    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!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Another weigh to lose pounds

    Though some of the prose is entertaining, it gets repetative. It was highly recommended to me, and thus somewhat disappointing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Entertaining book - horrible editing

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

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    Hilarious!

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Great

    This was another fun one by Jen

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Laugh out loud funny!

    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?"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2011

    Highly recommend.

    Jen Lancaster is "laugh out loud" funny.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011

    My favorite of her books to date

    Way too funny... Read it in a day!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    love it!

    so funny

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    Such a Pretty Fat

    This was my first book by this author. I read about 1/2 way through and found it seemed a chore - not enjoyable. I didn't think this was particularly funny and finally decided there's too many books to wade through one like this book. I will not buy any other books by this author!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    LOVED IT!

    Read this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2010

    JEN'S BEST BOOK!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I didn't know Jen Lancaster knew me!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Pretty Fabulous

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2010

    Easy Laughs

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    A Turtle, Not A Hare

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Dew to Toms

    A pretty longhaired shecat sat on a stump. Her white fur was like snow. On her pelt though, she had grey and black speckles.that looked like dew. Her eyes were blue. I need a mate and i dont mind $ex

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Funny book

    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.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    This was my first Jen Lancaster book. I loved it so much I have

    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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