My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black, or, a Culture-Up Manifesto
by Jen Lancaster
Published 2010, Penguin Group
Hardback, 370 pages
It's a JENaissance! The New York Times bestselling author of Pretty in Plaid gets her culture on.I laughed from cover to cover while reading this book - seriously, I laughed out loud so much while reading this book that both my husband and my best friend were giving me dirty looks! Now, once in awhile a book will make me laugh out loud once or twice, but this was a first for me. I was familiar when Jen Lancaster's titles from my bookselling days, but I had never bothered to actually read any of her books before since I don't really go for anything in the Bibliography genres. I only made an exception for this one because the author claimed to be a reality television addict, which I can sadly relate to. While I was not a fan of every single show that she referenced in the book, I was familiar with all of them and could appreciate her sense of both humor and sarcasm. At times, I was amazed that this person actually exists, since her behavior in polite society, especially under the effects of either alcohol or caffeine, could be termed as attrocious, but that was part of the focus of the book, so it works. The things she says and the way she behaves are ways that I am sure most of us have wanted to do at times, but had too much self-control to do so. Jen Lancaster seems to have little to no self-control, which she gains as the book progresses, but even her lack of self-control is strangely appealing and endearing.
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 has been a few days since I finished the book, and I feel like I am having Lancaster-withdrawals, so it looks like her other books will be going on my wishlist!
The Cover: A pair of very girly pink-and-leopard-print slippers perfectly illustrates the theme of laziness that permeates this hilarious memoir. I would not change a thing about this cover.
First Line: "Sipping wine out a paper cup, I'm perched on a tall stool across from my literary idol, Candace Bushnell, who's interviewing me for her Sirius radio show."
For one sentence, this line does a good job of drawing a picture of the author, which is ideal since this is her memoir afterall.
Favorite Quote: "Not only was my ice bucket already filled when I got here, but then my doorbell rang - my room has a doorbell! - and a staff member delivered a copy of my book made out of chocolate.
This? Is so much better than Disneyland."
Read For: Pages Read Challenge, New Author Challenge, Twenty-Ten Challenge
*I received this book free of charge from the publisher for review purposes.*