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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]

Jen Lancaster
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Book Description

March 7 2006
Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb.

She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life-and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good.

Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it's a rollicking read as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.

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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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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

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3.0 out of 5 stars it was enjoyable yet made me think March 3 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected July 22 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Jen Lancaster in the new black May 3 2010
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 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny Nov. 11 2007
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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