Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

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Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb.

She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life-and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good.

Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it's a rollicking read as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.
 

About Jen Lancaster

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Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books. She has appeared on the Today show, 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. Author websites: jennsylvania.com; facebook.com/AuthorJenLancaster; twitter.com/altgeldshrugged.
 
Published March 7, 2006 by NAL. 420 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Lose weight”), transcriptions of instant-message conversations and email exchanges—indeed, the emails from the still-employed Jen to her friend Melissa, in which Jen repeatedly has to cancel social plans because of work commitments, could have come straight from the pages of Allison Pearson’s nov...

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Examiner

Jen Lancaster writes her first memoir, 'Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a condescending, egomaniacal, self-centered smart-ass, or why you should never carry a Prada bag to the unemployment office,' as a means of telling of the turmoil she encountered during the economic down turn followin...

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Pajiba

By the time I picked up this book, I Got It: Lancaster thinks she’s hilarious and fabulous and loves, loves, loves to talk about herself and assumes we love to hear about it (and, apparently, we do).

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I recently had the opportunity to read the book “Bitter is the New Black (Confessions of a condescending, egomaniacal, self-centered Smart-ass, or why you should never carry a Prada Bag to the unemployment office)", a memoir by Jen Lancaster.

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AnnArbor.com

The most grating offense is that Lancaster seems to be in love with her own narrative “style,” exemplified in such lines as “children think it’s all about them (footnote: when we know it’s all about me)."

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