Format: Trade Paperback
Published: May 3, 2011
Publisher: New American Library (Penguin Books)
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction, Humour
My Rating: 4/5
Summary (from chapters.ca):
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.
It will come as no shock to anyone that I LOVE Jen Lancaster - not in that way, pervs. She gets me, or maybe that should read that I get her... nevertheless there is some getting to be done and it always works out in my favour.
When I read my first Jen Lancaster book, Pretty in Plaid, I knew that a life-long bond has been created. Little did I know that it was the FOURTH memoir of hers and another was soon to be released. I quickly caught up and now find myself well versed in all things Jen.
My Fair Lazy deals with so many things that I relate to but nothing more so that Reality TV. I adore - scratch that - obsess over it. My husband has often flipped through my PVR (personal video recorder) and commented how there is nothing but Reality TV taped and that I should probably do something about that issue. Jen Lancaster made me realize that it's not an issue, per-se, as long as you mix in some quality programming in your life - and not necessarily of the TV watching variety.
As always, I found myself laughing-out-loud at so many of the 'I've totally been there' or 'NO WAY... that did NOT happen' moments. There is something about the way Jen Lancaster delivers the story that leaves you feeling as though you can relate to her and her sarcastic personality matches my own so well that her jokes left me flipping the pages faster to see what would happen next.
Overall, another great funny novel by Jen Lancaster. I simply cannot wait for Jeneration X to come out so I can see what she is up to now! I only have one questions... does she watch Storage Wars because, Barry... come on now - awesome!