Review: My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster

Posted 28 May, 2010 by Danny in / 3 Comments

My Fair Lazy
Author: Jen Lancaster (website, twitter)
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: NAL Hardcover

Book Description:

It’s a JENaissance! The New York Times bestselling author of Pretty in Plaid gets her culture on.

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.

My Thoughts:

My Fair Lazy is Jen Lancaster’s fifth memoir. Jen’s personality shines through in this memoir quite clearly; one doesn’t need to have read the other four books she has written to get a clear picture of her as a person. This installment of Jen’s life follows her pursuits to become more cultured. She realizes there is more out there than reality tv shows like The Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County, and Survivor, so she sets out on a journey to push her personal boundaries past her comfort zone (Think 2 buck chuck and cheeseburgers). This memoir chronicles her immersion in classic literature, gourmet cooking, fine arts, and wine; all described with her trademark snarky and sarcastic voice.

This installment is as fun a ride as her first memoir, Bitter Is The New Black. I laughed out loud so much while reading this during my commute. I was the one getting the stink eye from the other riders, instead of the dirty looks coming from me as usual. I give this book 5 out of 5 books.

Don’t waste any time, go buy this right this second. While you’re at it, buy her other books as well. You won’t be disappointed. Here’s a list of her other books and a short summary of their subject matter. I’ve given my rating in parentheses, even though I’m not writing up a review for each one right now. (I’m leaving that for Pushy since I’ve loaned her these books)

Bitter Is The New Black – Jen’s move from executive to unemployed/temp (5/5)
Bright Lights, Big Ass – Jen’s life as a temp and her horrible Chicago neighbors (5/5)
Such A Pretty Fat – Jen’s struggles to lose weight (5/5)
Pretty In Plaid — Jen’s life as a kid right up to Bitter Is The New Black (4/5)

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3 Responses to “Review: My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster”

  1. Hey Heather, I hadn't heard of this memoir series. Thanks for the heads up. Do they have to be read in order? I'm thinking I'd love the one dealing with the 80's 😀

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