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Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office Paperback – Mar 7 2006


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (March 7 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451217608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451217608
  • ASIN: 0451217608
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It doesn't take Lancaster long to live up to her lengthy subtitle ("Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office"): in just one chapter, she gloats over cheating a homeless man, is rude to a waitress and passes judgment on all of her co-workers (including her "whore" best friend). She's almost gleeful about lacking "the internal firewall that keeps us from saying almost everything we think," but she doesn't come off as straightforward, just malicious. (Of course, it's possible she's making up much of her dialogue, which is a little too clever to be believable.) Lancaster expects sympathy for her downward slide after getting fired from her high-paying finance job in the post-9/11 recession, and chick lit fans may be entertained watching life imitate fiction, but just when you start to feel sorry for her, the snotty attitude returns. In later chapters, Lancaster increasingly relies on entries from her blog (www.jennsylvania. com) and caustic replies to criticisms, and though things start looking up—her husband finds a job, she lands a book deal—it's not clear that she's been as chastised by her experiences as she claims. (Mar. 7)
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About the Author

Jen Lancaster is the author of Bitter is the New Black. She has lived in Chicago for ten years with her husband and pets, and has yet to get the hang of the subway or returning library books in a timely manner. Visit www.jennsylvania.com

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I originally got this book from the library a few years ago and loved it. I was also job hunting and not having much luck. I really enjoyed Jen's book so much that I bought another copy recently so I could read it again. Everyone I loan this to loves it as well. She's so funny and honest, it's quite refreshing. The book is so original and entertaining I couldn't put it down. Many nights I stayed awake until 2 am because I couldn't put it down. It's that good. Fantastic. Loved it.
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Although this was her first it was the second of hers that I read. Another beauty! It's great for anyone who has lost a job. Great to have someone that you can relate to. Her style of writing is light and fun. A must read for anyone!
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I was all for reading another Jen Lancaster book especially after The Tao of Martha' (which was amazing, but since I didn't buy it here I can't review it) so obviously I picked the first one.
I understand that it was embellished but hot damn if she really did act that way I do wonder...
I'm glad that I read it, it was a wake up call for frivolous spending for sure and entertaining on the way. I will read more of her books as I am interested in the progression of her life and subsequent books, and that girl can make me laugh.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cannesta, Mike on Nov. 11 2007
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If you like the "shopaholic" seris by Kinsella, then "Bitter" will keep you up trying to finish the book. Wry, dry, and accurate, it is both funny and disturbing on so many levels. Would also recommend "The Devil Wears Prada" for another great book.
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By thirteen on July 22 2011
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I'm generally not into books that seem too "girly", but Lancaster has a wonderfully funny and light way of writing that makes her work easy to read and amusing at the same time. As for the story, some readers may become annoyed by her personality. Stick with the book if you feel this way in the beginning. Take a look at the title and sub-titles. If you like those, you will like this book. Even if you don't think so, if you have a sense of humour and appreciate witty sarcasm, you will like this book. The great thing is that Lancaster has no qualms about discussing her own faults and is very honest. She doesn't remain the same way as she was in the beginning of the book, but she doesn't change so much that it becomes unrealistic. It's a very believable take on serious issues.
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