May 6, 2011

My Fair Lazy by Jen Lancaster

My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempts to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass is the New Black, or a Culture Up Manifesto
Author:  Jen Lancaster
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  NAL 
Date Published:  May 4th 2010

From Goodreads:  

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.


The thing about Jen Lancaster is she makes you feel like she's your friend.  Her writing is so "drinking a couple of drinks, talking random things and laughing your ass off with friends".  That is why I keep reading her books.  

Ms. Lancaster's personality screams from the pages, and seriously she's a gal I could definitely hang out with. I'm a reality TV junkie.  I love most of it, so I figured this was the perfect book for me.  I've also out grown MTV's Real World, and agree totally that the downfall started with the Las Vegas cast.  Don't get me wrong I watched the Las Vegas season.  I was cringing the whole way but I watched.  So I was totally feeling it when she wrote about the Real World, and how she does still watch the challenges.  I was nodding my head thinking "me too", but then she talked a lot about Survivor.  I would then feel disengaged from the memoir, because I don't watch it.  Almost like I was left out.  My Fair Lazy is about her trying to be more worldly.  She does find herself in some funny situations.  I could relate, I know more about the Brat Pack than I do about politics.

The thing with Jen Lancaster's books for me is when she writes about stuff I don't know, or can care less about I then get bored, and start skimming until I find something I can relate to.  So in the end did I love My Fair Lazy?  Yes, the parts that I could relate to and read word for word, and No, for the parts that I could care less.  

I'm starting to think I'm better off saving my twenty something bucks on a book I will enjoy the whole way through.  I'm going to start checking out her books instead of buying them.  If you fly through her books then I'm sure you will love My Fair Lazy.   She's just as funny and snarky, and if you watch Survivor even more so.


  1. I agree with you that when you can find any way to relate, she is HILARIOUS!! But if you don't know what she's talking about it's more difficult. I enjoyed this one more than Pretty in Plaid though. I just got her new book which is fiction (but sounds like it's based on her life) so we'll see how that is!


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