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Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why itOften Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? [Paperback]

Jen Lancaster
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Book Description

May 1 2007
Jen Lancaster hates to burst your happy little bubble, but life in the big city isn't all it's cracked up to be. Contrary to what you see on TV and in the movies, most urbanites aren't party-hopping in slinky dresses and strappy stilettos. But lucky for us, Lancaster knows how to make the life of the lower crust mercilessly funny and infinitely entertaining.

Whether she's reporting rude neighbors to Homeland Security, harboring a crush on her grocery store clerk, or fighting-and losing-the Battle of the Stairmaster- Lancaster explores how silly, strange, and not-so-fabulous real city living can be. And if anyone doesn't like it, they can kiss her big, fat, pink, puffy down parka.

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Lancaster (Bitter Is the New Black) is a plus-sized, downwardly mobile Republican. She makes fun of disabled people. She cracks nasty about Anna Nicole Smith (granted, she was still alive at the time). She annotates her text with footnotes cheering herself on. When she's feeling particularly mean, she writes in her own "pidgin Spanish." But in spite of all her politically incorrect rantings, there are times when Lancaster is just too on-target to ignore. People who worry about Bush imposing the Christian lifestyle on everyone, for instance, should take heart from how he's raised his daughters—those "twins are but a Jell-O shot away from starring in the presidential edition of Girls Gone Wild." Even if readers can't altogether sympathize when Lancaster has to downscale her shopping "Holy Trinity" from Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus to IKEA, Target and Trader Joe's—they know what she means when she talks about the relentlessly cheerful sales staff at Trader Joe's, the tough-love staff at Target or how IKEA's going to take over America by keeping us all busy with Allen wrenches. Her humor is a bit like junk food—something you can enjoy when no one is looking. (May)
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book from Jen Aug. 23 2010
I read every book from Jen Lancaster and will definitely continue to do so. This is my favorite book of Jen's so far! (the only one I have not read is my fair lazy... Yet). Don't let the other reviews fool you, this book is fabulous and funny as hell!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, cheeky. May 19 2008
So far my favourite of the authors books. I find them a refreshing break from the other heavier reads or daily grind. Often the quizzical little observations by the author make me laugh - or breathe a sigh of relief that I'm not the only one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's not everyone else... June 28 2014
Sometimes you want to just shake a person and tell them "It's not everyone else. It's you." It becomes clear early in the book that Jen is the cause of most of the drama that surrounds her.

It's an amusing enough read, but I don't think I could possibly find the author as hilarious as she finds herself.
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