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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jen Lancaster Narrator: Jamie Heinlein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781440641060
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elysia | 2/18/2014

    " Hilarious!Perfect vacation read. And somehow, I turned the last page just as my plane landed back in Jax. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Schindler | 2/16/2014

    " I giggled all the way through. At times, I had to mop tears from my eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/14/2014

    " Love the book, love her writing, love her humor. Chances are we wouldn't be friends in real life but how many authors would you be? That has no bearing on how funny it is. The only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 stars is she loooves those footnotes. They can be funny comments but they are annoying. Especially keeping them straight when there's several on one page. There isn't a lot of 'plot' in this one but I did feel it with her when she saw her book in a store the first time. She's not one to show actual humanity a lot and it was a very personal moment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 2/9/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, less than Such a Pretty Fat. Maybe I like that Such a Pretty Fat was more a story and not so much essays like this book. I also refuse to live in a big city, so maybe it just wasn't as easy to relate to... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tad Hopp | 2/9/2014

    " Ok, seriously, Jen Lancaster is so hilarious and this one is no exception. Yes, living in the big city sometimes does suck and Sex and the City really is full of lies. It's cool that Lancaster knows that and acknowledges it in no uncertain terms. Because I live in Chicago (for another three weeks), I could totally relate to everything she wrote about it. Her chapter on the public transit alone is so accurate it's eerie and quite hilarious. While this one didn't contain nearly as many laugh-out-loud moments as some of her other memoirs, it had enough good material in there to make it worth my time. A word to the wise, though, if you haven't liked her previous books, I don't think this one will convert you. She's definitely an acquired taste. A fun, quick read. There's a reason why Jen Lancaster has become my new best friend!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 2/7/2014

    " Love her! Jen Lancaster is the girl that I wish I could be friends with-I crack up while reading her books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Van Handel | 1/27/2014

    " She is super funny, but sometimes she's a little to cynical for my taste. While I enjoyed this book, I probably won't have the desire to read any others that she's written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 1/27/2014

    " Absolutely hilarious. I found myself sitting in a waiting room with shoulders shaking and tears running down my face trying not to laugh out loud and make an utter fool of myself while reading the chapter on going to the Gynocologist. I've never done that in my life! Big downside, however, Ms. Lancaster has a filthy mouth, and uses it freely throughout the book. (One page alone can drop 4 F-bombs.) Kind of ruins the fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 1/18/2014

    " Entertaining and told in the vein of a married Carrie Bradshaw. Liked that the author was from Chicago and enjoyed the mentions of landmarks, local events and Chicago shopping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A. Somers | 1/14/2014

    " While I may not agree with her politics, She did make me laugh out loud! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra West | 12/1/2013

    " Jen Lancaster is a guilty pleasure. So snarky! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/7/2013

    " This is my favourite book of Jen's. I guffawed and laughed so hard I cried. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katharine | 10/20/2013

    " Funny funny books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/29/2013

    " Jen Lancaster's books are such a guilty pleasure for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 8/19/2013

    " okay couldn't get into this one - took me forever to read - not sure of what it was all about - boring - yada yada yada - living in the big city of Chicago - a little funny stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karly | 7/20/2013

    " Probably closer to 2.5 stars. There were some moments of hilarity, but overall it was a bit too vapid and rambling to really hold my interest even as a fun, lightweight read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nabela | 7/16/2013

    " This girl's funny. She doesn't sugar coat anything, and sometimes, you realize that's kinda how you think, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steva | 6/19/2013

    " While I enjoyed the other two books by this author, by the time I read this book, I was a little over it and didn't find this book quite as entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 3/17/2013

    " I love it. Love all things Jen Lancaster. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merry | 2/18/2013

    " Shameful, that I found such hilarity in these bitchy humorous essays by a Republican former sorority girl? I dunno. Loved it. Jen Lancaster IS funny. She is an unabashed narcissist, drinks too much, eats waaaaay to much, seems to have burned a lot of bridges. But she is damned funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice Thomas | 1/26/2013

    " I saw her at a book signing it make you like her books more. She was very funny "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyd | 9/30/2012

    " Pretty good, but once again a book put together from blogs that were already written. I guess I need to quit reading books written by bloggers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dena | 9/18/2012

    " Liked Bitter is the New Black MUCH better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracie Monoc | 9/6/2012

    " Thanks to Maria for turning me onto this hysterical author! She is a great read after finishing a serious book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherree | 7/17/2012

    " I liked this one much better than the last one. She lost some of her bitter tone and I thought that made this much funnier. There's a seen in the gynecologist's office that is still making me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Condiff | 6/23/2012

    " Laugh out loud FUNNY! What a sharp wit this girl has. This was a good nonthinking book! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin | 6/3/2012

    " Always good for a giggle...a good chic lit escape and I am so much more likely to walk in her shoes than Carrie's! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Novella | 4/27/2012

    " ridiculously funny "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 2/18/2012

    " I did not like this one as much as Such a Pretty Fat. They are both kind of fast, mindless reads but I guess that is what I expected too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelli | 9/10/2011

    " Hand down one of my favorite authors. Sha has my exact sense of humor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey Taylor | 8/31/2011

    " I could not finish this book. I didn't enjoy the style of writing or subject of the book. I don't think I would try this author again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tegan | 5/21/2011

    " This book laugh out loud funny. One part that is stuck in my head is when her pants exploded. I'm not going to say when or why this happened, but that was one of many funny moments in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 5/20/2011

    " Again, I find Jen's writing hilarious. She's definitely narcissitic and it can take a bit of getting used to, but I love the way she looks at situationis - very similar to how my girlfriends and I might discuss things, only funnier! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 5/16/2011

    " I love it. Love all things Jen Lancaster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/16/2011

    " I love her! She is absolutely hilarious! Whenever I'd book I'd have to buy one of hers too just to balance out the serious books with a great read and laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 4/26/2011

    " OK, so I was embarassed to carry this book around in public, but it is typical hilarious Jen! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margaret | 4/22/2011

    " Not quite sure why I thought this might be funny. Ms. Lancaster is a narcissistic, Fox news watching, fake tan loving ex-sorority idiot who thinks she could be best friends with Ann Coulter. I should have passed on this and not wasted the brain cells. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 4/20/2011

    " Jen Lancaster is one of the best comedic writers I have come across in this genre in so many years. You will laugh out loud throughout the entire book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/14/2011

    " Love Lancaster's style and humor. Must read her other books now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 4/8/2011

    " A friend lent me this book and I had been putting it off, but when it came time for something light and easy, it has been perfect. Absolutely hilarious. I find myself being that girl laughing out loud on the train a lot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 3/30/2011

    " Better than Bitter is the New Black! On to reading the next one by her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 3/26/2011

    " One of my favorite authors. Her perspective on life hits close to home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann | 3/15/2011

    " I enjoyed this one as much as her first book - very funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/10/2011

    " HILARIOUS!!! That's all I can say about Jen Lancaster's books!! Great quick read. Great "sittin' on the beach" book :) "

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About the Author
Author Jen Lancaster

Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of over ten previous books. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their ever-expanding menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

About the Narrator

Jamie Heinlein is a frequent stage actress whose roles include Natalie in The Weight of Water, Doris in Victor, the title character in Penny Penniworth, Susan in The Secretaries, and many others. She has also narrated various audio books including Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas and Jennifer Lancaster’s series of memoirs from Bitter is the New Black to If I were Here. In her spare time, Jamie sells residential real estate in New York City for Douglas Elliman.