Saturday, Feb 7, 2009
Author: Jen Lancaster
Publisher: New American Library, The Penguin Group.
ISBN #: 978-0-451-22389-0
Type: Biography: Comedy/Chick Lit
Pages: 379 Paperback
First off, let me start by sharing that the only possible thing that could make this book any more PERFECT for me is a great bottle glass of Chardonnay. Jen is my sister from anotha’ motha’… and, I think I’m glad that I had mine based on what shares about her mom’s inability to cook anything decent during her childhood. Her book was another Walmart “impulse buy” despite the looming stack of books that await my eyes and review.
After reading Hypocrite In A White Pouffy Dress and The Makedown, I think that I’m hooked on writer chics with a great sense of humor and even better sense of self. Jen is the Queen of them! Now, I have yet to read Amy Sedaris… and, believe me you, she’s on my list to books to get my hands on… but, so far out of all the ”make me laugh aloud” authors, she takes the cake (not, Birthday Cake… no discussion of that is allowed!). What makes Jen so great? Besides the fact that she’s probably the most REAL person I’ve read, I can totally relate to her. I get it when she has “people rage” against the stupidest of the stupidest. I can relate to her recipe for the best mashed potatoes (after all, what are good mashed potatoes without a stick of butter, gobs of cheese, and fantastic spices?). I, too, have recently lost an executive job and would rather do anything that work temp jobs serving coffee. I’m a mommy of two doggies (although, mine only weigh about 120 lbs combined – Jen’s 170 lbs combined… see her babies below). I’ve worked out with that “perfect body” trainer, and thank GOD her name wasn’t Barbie because then murder would have definitely been an option. I can understand the pride in finding exercise to be in better health for you and not to become a size 4. The art of the mani/pedi is one that should never be taken for granted (Jen: if you read this… so sorry about the toe gouging incident that day before your trip… that sucks! I would have refused to pay… or, insisted on a significant discount!) I don’t think that anybody loves the Key Lime Martini as much as Jen and I! And, the art of reality TV (most specifically, So You Think You Can Dance) never goes unwasted. I only wish we could sip key lime martinis, throw down a few cupcakes, and watch Family Guy together…. that would be the BEST! Jen… move to Cali!
How are Jen & I different? I’ve never worn Crocs… heard of them, though! I haven’t written my book… YET! She has an AWESOME husband (mine is still lurking out there in the dark). She coordinates her workout outfits, while I could care less. She doesn’t have the BALLS to merge lanes and be an aggressive driver (again… move to Cali and you can’t survive without learning how!). I have one more cat than her. I can say the word “naked” aloud (as I can with “intercourse” and other such taboo words). My ipod work out list is WAY BETTER than hers! Jen, how can you miss Mary J. Blige’s Fine? Jen, FYI: For a good run, I know this sounds insane, but Eminence Front sets a good pace. Oooh… and, It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls.. yep!
Oh, for those of you out there interested in the review of the book, as opposed to my wanna-be relationship with Jen, I am sure you will find no surprise in hearing that I LOVED IT! Now, I have to get my hands on MORE! I heard that she wrote a book called Pretty in Plaid that’s coming out very soon. The chick is a writing MACHINE! She wrote Bright Lights Big Ass and Bitter is the New Black. I will treat myself soon. This book is her memoir of trying to lose 50 pounds. She first attempts Atkins, shifts to Jenny Craig, and ends up with Weight Watchers. But, more than the type of diet, what the readers can take from this hysterical memoir, is that it is more important to love thy self and to be healthy than it is to be consumed with ultra-skinniness. She finds successes in being able to dash up stairs, swim 25 laps, and running on a treadmill. It is about being healthy, NOT BEING THIN! Jen gets that and she shows her readers how not to be afraid to walk away from the “ding dong.” She is the epitome of how a woman should love herself!
Now, for all those out there who have amazing figures and who aren’t “foodies,” I’m forever jealous and could only wish to have your metabolism. But, being a size 10-12 (depending on the day and time of the month), my fight with my back fat is never quite ever won. However, I can run, lift, and play soccer with my kids. I may not look perfect naked, I may have a double chin (or, triple), and perpetually look 2 months pregnant… but, I rock! And, Jen reminded me of that! All women should be blessed with her self-esteem… we are all beautiful creations, goddesses to be cherished!
My girls are always focused on what I’m reading, any why I’m not reading the Twilight Series yet. When they hear me laughing aloud when I’m reading, they always ask me what I’m reading. With Such a Pretty Fat, they told me, “Mom, you really like this one, don’t you?”
If you’ve ever dieted, had pedestrian rage, or have “pre-cleaned” before your cleaning lady arrives, this book is a MUST pick-up!
On Sher’s “Out of Ten Scale:”
Now… not that it’s a literary masterpiece ready for nomination for the Pulitzer Prize (sorry, Jen)… it’s just a freakin’ fantastic read to escape my own sh*t! I LOVED IT! It’s going to my sis-in-law, pronto! What else can I give it but a 10 out of 10*? This is my kind of book!
* Genre: Biography/Chick Lit… and, BTW, the footnotes in this book ROCK!
my favorite quotes…
“But, let me be crystal clear here so there’s no misunderstanding: I am not about to have my inability to stop eating Ding Dongs documented for eternity in the Library of Congress.“
“Perhaps I’m not making myself clear. I’m going to be in a couple of huge cities, staying in hotels, and going out for meals. One of the places I’m eating is a Mario Batali restaurant. Pretty sure he’d have my ankles broken if I whipped out a plate of Jenny Craig fettuccini.”
“I have nine thousand key lime martinis with a group of fans after my book event at the Astor Place Barnes & Noble.**”
** - “I don’t mean to get all religious here, but I’m pretty sure key lime martinis (with a graham-cracker-and-sugar-rim) are proof that Jesus loves us.” (AMEN!)
GREAT CLIPS From Jen Lancaster:
This video gives you a great “peek” into Jen’s personality: