The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog [NOOK Book]

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One would think that with her impressive list of bestselling self-improvement memoirs Jen Lancaster would have it all together by now. One would be wrong.



After all, she’s no Martha Stewart. And that’s why Jen is going to Martha up and live her life according to the advice of America’s overachieving older sister—the woman who turns lemons into lavender-infused lemonade. ...
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Overview

One would think that with her impressive list of bestselling self-improvement memoirs Jen Lancaster would have it all together by now. One would be wrong.



After all, she’s no Martha Stewart. And that’s why Jen is going to Martha up and live her life according to the advice of America’s overachieving older sister—the woman who turns lemons into lavender-infused lemonade. By immersing herself in Martha’s media empire, Jen embarks on a yearlong quest to take herself, her house, her husband (and maybe even her pets) to the next level—from closet organization to party planning.



Maybe Jen can avoid food poisoning if she follows Martha’s dictates on proper storage. Maybe she can rid her workout clothes of meatball stains by using Martha’s laundry tips. Maybe she can create a more meaningful anniversary celebration than getting drunk in the pool with her husband. Again. And maybe she’ll discover that the key to happiness does, in fact, lie in Martha’s perfectly arranged cupboards and charcuterie platters.
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Jen Lancaster has been trying to get better ever since Bitter Is the New Black; Bright Lights, Big Ass; and Such a Pretty Fat made her America's bestselling self-deprecator. In The Tao of Martha, Jen attempts to right all her wrongs, by adopting the suggestions of the woman who does it best: Martha Stewart. For a full year, Jen lives by Martha Stewart LIVING guidelines in every facet of her life, from crafts and closets to celebrations and decorations. Of course, along the way, she stumbles in characteristic ways, but also comes to realizations about herself and ultimately, us, her readers. Editor's recommendation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101605950
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 26,207
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Jen Lancaster

Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books inluding Here I Go Again, Jeneration X, If You Were Here, My Fair Lazy, Pretty in PlaidBright Lights Big Ass, and Such a Pretty Fat. She has appeared on Today, The Joy Behar Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their ever-expanding menagerie of ill-behaved pets.
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Welcome to Holiday Central! The candles are lit, the Christmas carols cranked, and the buffet is laden with each of my best dishes—pasta with Bolognese sauce, of course, short-rib ragout, Italian brisket with rosemary horseradish, both Caprese and kale salads, the kind of antipasto platter that would bring Mr. Frank Sinatra himself to his knees, a traditional three-meat lasagna, and a roasted-red-pepper version, because my friend Julia “doesn’t like cow.”

The desserts I’m serving require their own separate table, stacked high with apple pies from the elegant Farmer and Blue owl (an Oprah’s “favorite thing”), Kahlúa cake, and ten varieties of homemade Christmas cookies.

The wine’s flowing, the guests are mingling, and all the dogs are dancing around in their festive jingle-bell collars wearing perma-grins because ain’t no table scrap like a party table scrap ’cause a party table scrap don’t stop.

(Ten points for you if you caught The Office reference.)

The house itself couldn’t be more festive. Each mantel is decked with piles of greenery and lights, and the tree is so big and lush, it takes up a quarter of the living room. Outside is a veritable winter wonderland, with enough LED strings to almost, but not quite, cross the border into Christmas Vacation territory. I’m overcome by the miasma of Fraser fir, San Marzano tomatoes, and the spicy cinnamon tang of the rose hips in all the potpourri bowls.

In the dining room, a couple of guests are laughing so hard that the walls practically shake.

This is the perfect holiday dinner party.

And yet all I can think is, GET OUT, GET OUT, GET OUT OF MY HOUSE.

Let’s take a step back—we have wonderful friends and we love entertaining. We bought this house (gun cabinet notwithstanding) because we knew it would be the ideal place for gatherings both great and small. When we left the city, we moved away from ninety-five percent of our social circle, so every time our peeps actually RSVP yes, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to host them. Plus, tonight’s extraspecial, because our buddies Beef-free Julia and Finch are up from Atlanta.

The problem definitely isn’t the guest list.

The problem is that my ambitions are greater than my abilities, so in order to get this shindig together, I put in three eighteen-hour days in a row and now I’m freaking exhausted. As I watch dirty plates stack up and wineglasses multiply, I just feel weary. I don’t have the energy for this, and that’s so not like me.

You see, this has been a rough year. Not in a huge, job-loss, death-in-the-family kind of way. More like in a poor-little-you, Eat, Pray, Love fashion, except with a solid marriage and no road trips.

Starting in January, things systematically began to go wrong in a plethora of small, exasperating instances. Death by a thousand cuts.

I experienced professional setbacks and the consequences of business missteps, then a series of minor yet incredibly stupid and slightly debilitating health-related issues. (Did you know your ears are full of tiny crystals and when they slide out of place, they will mess you up? Believe it.)

over the course of this frustrating year, checks didn’t arrive when they were supposed to, deals fell through, and this summer we lost power practically every other week, which was an added stressor when I was attempting to meet a book deadline. Seemed like anytime something had the potential to go wrong, Mr. Murphy showed up. He and his damn law can kiss the fattest part of my ass right about now.

In February and March, we had to put down our two oldest cats, and then we lost Gus, Chuck Norris, and Odin to an escape attempt. We eventually rounded up all our stray felines, thank goodness, but it was a rough few days. Gus has especially been a jerk ever since we finally captured him again and brought him back inside, registering his displeasure on the curtains in the family room. He’s all, “How ya gonna keep me down on the farm after I’ve seen Paree?” (Sorry, pal. Ranking mammal making the decisions here.)

I know, I know . . . why don’t I run around Italy eating all the pizzas and gelato and then the world can feel extrasorry for me when I give myself a tummyache before I go live on the beach? (Perspective . . . perhaps I should get me some.)

Make no mistake: This is first-world bullshit right here. We’ve been through far worse, and I weathered those events with more grace and dignity. Possibly some swearing, but with much more aplomb.

Back when times were darkest, after we’d both lost our jobs and Fletch was racked with depression, I managed to find little ways to be happy. I had to, for my own sanity. Maybe we’d go for a walk, as much for fresh air as for a respite from the constant call of bill collectors. Yet while we’d stroll our slumtastic neighborhood and fret about our future, I’d still stop to smell all the just-bloomed lilacs and be instantly cheered. Now I live securely in a lovely community, but instead of rejoicing in my own lilac bushes, I’ll grouse about the encroaching buckthorn. That’s all wrong.

So many people, including friends, are currently dealing with real issues—illness and job loss and problems with their children. I watch the news and my heart aches for those who are truly suffering. I haven’t earned the right to throw myself a pity party, and I need to buck the hell up.

What really aggravates me is that Fletch and I have worked so hard over the past ten years and made so many sacrifices to get to this point in our lives. I’m furious with myself for allowing ridiculous little things to have an impact on my happiness.

Is it really a big deal that the customer service agent was rude to me?

Is the world going to end over a minor disappointment?

And why on earth do I give a shit about what some stranger says about me on Facebook?

Didn’t I used to have a thicker skin?

Years ago, when some guy called me a fat bitch on the bus, I laughed in his face and then turned the experience into the New York Times bestselling memoir Such a Pretty Fat. What happened to me? When did I become such a delicate flower? I should, in the words of Clark W. Griswold, be whistling “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” out of my bunghole every day, but I’m not, because I’ve allowed little things to throw me offtrack.

Is it because I’m just so stressed over my beautiful pit bull Maisy? After meeting Fletch, this little girl is the best thing that ever happened to me. We adopted her back when I’d lost my corporate job in 2001, and her presence in my life changed everything. I fell so deeply in love with her that I became a writer in order to have the excuse to stay home with her every day. Maisy’s in no way perfect herself—she’s bossy, she’s officious, she’s spoiled, she’s lazy, she defies authority, and she pouts when she doesn’t get exactly what she wants when she wants it.

Pretty much she’s me.

A couple years ago, she was diagnosed with mast cell tumors, and the oncologist gave her six months to live. Of course, Maisy’s ridiculously stubborn, and you can’t tell her a damn thing she doesn’t want to hear (again, hello); ergo she’s defied every odd thus far. Her doctor uses her as the best-case scenario to comfort other families with sick dogs. Yet I can’t ignore that she’s not strong like she was before she got sick. She had her second surgery earlier this month—this time for melanoma— and was so weak afterward that her doctor said we should hold off on new rounds of chemotherapy.

Yet the good news is, the mast cell tumors haven’t returned. And since we adopted our other pit bull Libby last year, Maisy’s spirits have never been higher.

Maisy adores having a mini-me and lives for an audience. She leaps out of bed every morning to roll around and scratch her back, thrilled at the prospect of a new day. And the fact that the biggest downside is that she can’t yank so hard on the leash isn’t the worst thing in the world. Back in the day, she could pull me over in three seconds flat. My unskinned knees don’t miss that.

Yet despite all her positive progress, every time she coughs or sneezes or lingers in bed, I envision the worst-case scenario. I run to the emergency vet like people run to the store.

Because of all of the above, I just want this year to be behind us, and I figured the easiest way to do that would be to ignore the holidays. Back when we were broke, we routinely skipped Christmas, so it’s not like we’d be blazing new territory here.

Fletch was on board with me...until a couple of weeks ago, when he realized he wasn’t. He decided instead of skipping Christmas, we were going to flip all of 2011 the bird by ending the year in style. And that’s what we’ve done.

Now the lights are up, the presents have been exchanged, and the house is full of food, friends, and fun. It’s a hundred percent festive up in here. I should be on my knees, thanking god for all His blessings. Yet all I can focus on is how I’m going to be stuck doing dishes until three thirty a.m. For everyone’s sake, I need to improve my attitude in 2012.

"I miss them.”

“Me, too.”

Fletch and I are sitting in the kitchen, drinking coffee, eating doughnuts, and bemoaning the departure of Julia and Finch. They had to take off at the crack of dawn to get down to Julia’s parents’ house in St. Louis.

When they arrived earlier this week, my mood was so foul that I almost ruined my own party. But it’s patently impossible to not be happy in their presence. our fine moods last well into the evening, and we’re both extrachipper while watching New Year’s eve programming.

No, we didn’t go out.

A word about New Year’s eve?

I would rather receive a Pap smear from Captain Hook than venture out on New Year’s eve.

I’d rather time-travel back to junior high and give a speech clad in nothing but a fez in front of the mean girls who used to hassle me on the bus.

(Quick aside? My chief tormentor now gives pedicures in a salon next to the county jail in my old hometown. Sometimes karma looks a lot like OPI’s Lincoln Park after Dark.)

There’s something that feels so incredibly lonely and self-defeating about all the forced gaiety of New Year’s eve, like if I’m not out there having the very best time, swilling the most champagne, tooting the loudest noisemaker, wearing the most-spangle-laden dress, then I’m somehow failing. It’s not that I hate parties and frivolity—eleven years of college is proof positive of that—but I’m enough of a contrarian to balk at the notion of Mandatory Fun. I don’t begrudge anyone else their merrymaking, but it’s not my bag, baby, at least not on December 31. let’s see: all the amateurs who throw down only once a year, those same amateurs hitting the roads later, and hyperinflated prices for shitty service and watery drinks? or couch time and Carson Daly?

I choose Carson. All the way.

We watch as Carson interviews people in Times Square about their resolutions. “What do you resolve for 2012?” Fletch asks. He’s smirking, because he knows the only thing I loathe as much as NYe is being questioned about my resolutions, particularly by people I don’t know. What do I resolve? To find a Starbucks where the baristas are less chatty.

I yell at the screen, “How about this for a resolution, Carson? I resolve to not disclose personal information about my hopes, dreams, and inadequacies on national television.”

look at them all—they’re cold and it’s loud and they have to pee in Porta Pottis and weirdos are using this as an opportunity to furtively press their junk against the unsuspecting. I simply don’t get it. You, right there in the giant plastic 2012 sunglasses? Some pervert just tea-bagged you and you don’t even know it.

And you in the sparkly dress? You’re going to wake up with a stranger tomorrow morning, having received the gift that keeps on giving. (Herpes.)

How about you there, dressed as Baby New Year? A) You’re going to get frostbite, and B) there’s no way your wallet’s not falling out of your diaper. When you’re shivering your way back to the Bronx tonight with nothing but your banner to keep you warm, you’ll regret the decisions that led you there.

The square is so crowded that all these dummies can barely lift their arms every time they squeal, “Woo!” at the camera.

As I mock and judge, it occurs to me that I can’t recall the last time I spontaneously lifted my arms and shouted, “Woo!”

I wonder if I’ve done it once in 2011.

Although, as much as I have to say that I hate 2011, this year wasn’t entirely worthless. In so many ways, I got my shit together. After living in a state of arrested development for most of my life, I finally buckled down, making a concerted effort to behave like an adult.

like, I have insurance now.

So much insurance.

everyone has auto insurance (except for anyone driving around tonight, of course), but I also invested in life insurance, homeowners insurance, a supplemental umbrella policy for what homeowners insurance doesn’t cover, flood insurance, mortgage insurance, long-term disability insurance, pet insurance. . . .

I should be the happiest son of a bitch on the planet with all these levels of protection.

And yet here I am.

Welcome to Crankytown, population: me.

I wonder if, in trying so hard to be grown-up, I didn’t somehow overshoot my mark. By working diligently to be my most responsible me, did I quash some of my own natural propensity for joy? Is it possible that I’ve lived through years that were far worse than my current season of Sorority-girl Problems, and that I never noticed because I was a perpetually grinning adolescent?

This bears further examination.

“It’s too bad no one sells happiness insurance,” I say.

“Hmm?” Fletch glances over at me with a puzzled expression.

“Think about it: We have every protection known to man, yet I’ve still had a miserable year. If someone sold happiness insurance, I could fill out a claim and, much like Stella, get my groove back. otherwise, why would I have paid all those premiums to Big Insurance?”

“Wasn’t aware your groove was missing.”

Yes. This makes perfect sense.

I continue. “Here’s the thing about this year: I’ve failed at having an attitude of gratitude. I’ve not come at my life from a place of yes. I’ve not chosen me.”

He gives me the whale eye. “You been watching Oprah again?”

I wave him off. “No, no, she went off the air in May. I did like her, though, but I always had some trouble really connecting with her advice. She was all, ‘live your best life!’ and ‘Chart your vision board!’ but there’s nothing actionable, you know?”

Fletch pauses Carson and his Conclave of Bad Decisions. “What is this ‘vision board’ of which you speak?”

I explain. “You’re supposed to imagine something you want—like when I wanted to be a writer. To help me visualize my dream, I was supposed to clip out images of what inspired me. Maybe I’d have pasted pictures of Jennifer Weiner and David Sedaris and swimming pools and bookstores in between pom-poms and sparkles.”

He’s dubious at best. “So it’s a craft project.”

“No. Well, okay, yes, a little bit, if you factor in the glitter and rubber cement. But I know tons of people who said doing vision boards helped them.”

“Yet even without a vision board, you became an author.”

I nod. “True dat.”

“Never say that again.” even Maisy manages to look disgusted with me. “let me ask you something: How does sitting around clipping pictures from a magazine advance your goals?”

I scratch Maisy’s ears while I consider my answer. Apparently I have pleased her, because she curls her toes and burrows in closer to me, forcing most of my right butt cheek off the couch.

Worth it.

I reply, “Can’t say for sure, because I never tried to make one.”

He snorts. “Yeah, you know why? Because you were busy actually trying to be a writer. You were writing. You were reading. You built a blog audience. You learned your way around nascent social media. You were putting in the effort and not just sticking pictures on oak tag.”

“True da— Ahem. True enough.”

Fletch slips into Professor Fletcher mode, and I suspect he’s two seconds away from pulling out a whiteboard. “Okay, you want to be happy. You want 2012 to be a better year. What’s your plan? What’s going to change? What tangible thing can you do to alter your circumstances?”

“Whoa, slow down! I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it.”

“Maybe you should.”

“Oh, yeah? Your year sucked, too. Maybe you should think about it,” I retort.

“I have and I’ve made a plan. Happiness guaranteed.”

I can’t keep the surprise out of my voice. “Really? What are you going to do? How are you going to manifest a better year?”

If he’s got the inside track on an improved way going forward, then I’m all ears.

“I’m going to grow a beard.”

“That’s it? That’s your home-run swing?”

“Yes. Besides, it’s easier than growing a jawline. I decree 2012 to be the Year of the Beard.”

I roll my eyes and click play on the DVR, getting back to Carson and the teeming, grinning masses. “Whatever.”

Still, a beard’s more tangible than a vision board.

So there’s that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Loved this book. I have enjoyed all of Jen Lancaster's books, b

    Loved this book. I have enjoyed all of Jen Lancaster's books, but this was a stand out. It was at times touching and then uproariously funny. I highly recommend it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    This book reminded me more of her first few novels...a return to

    This book reminded me more of her first few novels...a return to laugh-out-loud moments! I truly enjoyed this book and have even decided to make some "Martha" changes in my life. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Most personal Jen Lancaster book yet!

    I have been a fan of Jen Lancaster since someone told me to read her very first book. I love her writing style and her blog, and often forget I'm NOT one of her friends... simply an adoring fan.

    While I've loved all of her book, this one seems the most personal to me-- really delving into her love of pets and even a little deeper into her relationship with Fletch. I'm pretty sure this is the first Jen Lancaster book that made me cry-- anyone who has loved a pet can empathize with her chapters about Maisy.

    This is another one of her great books-- so funny you'll catch yourself laughing out loud (her attempt at hollowing out eggs with compressed air had tears running down my cheeks!) and agreeing with her wise statements and observations. Buy it now. I know you'll love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I love all her books. A great Summer read and a lot of feeling. I have a lot of the same thoughts and the same things come out of my mouth also. Love the stories about the pets and it helped me get through yet another loss of a dog last week.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Loved it!

    Every bit as good as Such a Pretty Fat. I laughed myself to tears and coughing fits multiple times.

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

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    The once bitter, pretty fat, lazy Jen shares another journey of

    The once bitter, pretty fat, lazy Jen shares another journey of her life with readers in new memoir The Tao of Martha. She challenges herself to a yearlong quest of living life according to the advice of Martha Stewart.
    Sound boring? Did you crack a smile? Does the summary sound the least bit funny? I have been a fan of Jen Lancaster since the very beginning. I love her stories of self-improvement. But this new release of organization=happiness missed the mark. It is missing the famous footnotes that have become Jen's writing style. It is not as witty. It was difficult for me to finish reading because all the while it gave the vibe, "I'm writing this book to fulfill a publishing obligation."
    The Tao of Martha is my least liked memoir of Jen Lancaster's. Ordinary essays replaced the usual funny anecdotes. Maybe it was because I do not relate to Martha Stewart and believe she is over-hyped; therefore, I did not understand Jen's fascination with emulating Martha's lifestyle. The Drawer of Shame, I get. Amen, sister! But taking up boring-ass hobbies like knitting? No, thanks. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Love this!!!!!

    Everybook Jen writes is funnier than the one before. Definitely recommend this!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Best book by Jen Lancaster. Shows just how much she and Fletch

    Best book by Jen Lancaster. Shows just how much she and Fletch have changed over the years and they are just so likeable.

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Funny as usual..Can't go wrong with Jen!!

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    Jen Lancaster has done it again!

    Witty, funny and honest. Just when I think she can't get any funnier, she does. Highly recommend this read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Hilarious!

    I loved this book! I love the honesty and can easily see myself in several of her stories. Fletch is beyond wonderful and his love and devotion to Jen is on every page. I am reading her other memoirs now and they are just as good. Keep up the hilarious writing Jen, you definitely have a fan in me.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Great Book!

    Jen Lancaster is one of my favorite authors. I start one of her books and I don't put it down until I have read the whole thing. This one doesn't dissapoint. She's as funny as ever with a little bit of sadness that those of us that have been her fan from the start will feel the pain as if it was our own. I love Jen best when she writes about her life and experiences. She's so easy to relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Love it, laughed so hard

    This was my first Jen Lancaster book but it will not be my last! I too am a crafter who admires Martha Stewart. It was so funny to hear Jen's adventures of living a year in the Tao of Martha. Most of the book is funny but there are touching stories through out. I don't usually go for humorious books but this was light and fun! I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Love it!

    I always love Jen Lancaster's books depicting her personal life and this one does not disappoint. This one is of special interest for me though because the similarities between our life experiences are so similar it is almost scary. Of all of her books I do believe this one is my favorite and sure to be one that I will read over and over again.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Recommended as a guift.

    My 24 year old granddaughter as me to order her this book as she enjoyed all of Jan Lancaster's books. I gave it to her for her 24th birthday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Loove her

    Made me laugh and cry.

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