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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,430 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: 9781440641053
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A NOTE FROM JEN LANCASTER: 

“To whom the fat rolls…I’m tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can’t possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don't find these stories uplifting; they make me want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy champagne drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don't matter. Unfortunately, being overweight isn't simply a societal issue that can be fixed with a dose healthy of positive self-esteem. It’s a health matter, and here on the eve of my fortieth year, I've learned I have to make changes so I don't, you know, die. Because what good is finally being able to afford a pedicure if I lose a foot to adult onset diabetes?”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 2/17/2014

    " Lancaster's droll sense of humor is evident in this humorous and contemporary look at a woman and her life long love/hate relationship with food; and the challenges that causes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/9/2014

    " Wound up listening to most of this on audiobook while travelling with my wife, and I'm taking credit for it. I think she's compared to Sedaris, as this book uses the comedic memoir format, with the benefit of having an encompassing story arc of sorts. Bonus props for being set in Chicago, one of my favorite homes away from home. I should give it more stars, but if you're looking at the rest of my reading and agree with it, I wouldn't want you to mislead you; this was pure guilty pleasure and part research on comedic writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Bedee | 2/8/2014

    " This might be my favorite of Jen Lancaster's memoirs. I've read or listened to all. This was an easy and fun read. Reading her books makes me want to hang out with Lancaster while drinking wine and watching Bravo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 S. | 2/5/2014

    " Took more than one sitting to read this book. The author spent too much time debating on whether or not she was even going to write the book, so it should probably have been more about wrestling with that idea rather than the idea of changing her life-style and getting in shape. Very focused on herself, which is what I suppose a memoir is about, but not a lot of insight as to getting motivated and staying that way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/30/2014

    " I thought the book was hilarious! Any one who's tried to diet can relate to her book and get several laughs from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 1/27/2014

    " Loved it. So funny. Great book if you have ever struggled with a diet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 1/22/2014

    " Holy Crap!!!! I absolutely loved this book. My husband said he had never heard me laugh out loud while reading a book before. Jen Lancaster is a cure for the closet b****!! Sometimes you just need to let it out. Loved how snarky she could be and that she would speak her mind. Loved the banter between her and Fletch. Can't wait to read "Pretty in Plaid"! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 1/22/2014

    " Jen langcaster is hillarious! Love all her books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/20/2014

    " Great book and made me laugh!! Can't ask for a better book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 1/18/2014

    " The second book of her's that I've read. Just as funny as the first, but perhaps a little more relatable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy Peacock | 1/18/2014

    " I love Jen Lancaster's sense of humor! I have enjoyed reading her books and look forward to her next release sometime soon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Foster | 12/10/2013

    " I don't know why this book struck a chord with me, but it is funny. Good light read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Joseph Books | 11/22/2013

    " Hilarious. Real. If you can't relate to (and laugh about) something this woman writes - you need serious therapy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina | 10/13/2013

    " I liked this book better than Lancaster's first book. I think her self-deprecating humor won me over by this volume. I like her style...she's tough and not afraid to be mean to herself or others. I like that. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 9/8/2013

    " Super funny and light read. Great break from the heavier "reads". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabelle | 8/31/2013

    " This had me giggling out loud while I was reading it in public. A very entertaining book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roseanne | 4/22/2013

    " Read this on a flight to Spain - it was my first Jen Lancaster book. I enjoyed it and laughed out loud so often during the book, I ran out and got her other ones. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brandi Diamond | 2/9/2013

    " It is awful. I'm sorry, but it is. The end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rdailey | 10/23/2012

    " Loved it! This was the first book that I had read in a long while that actually sounded the way my friends and I used to gab! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/25/2012

    " OMG... to anyone who has ever tried to lose that extra weight, read this. It will keep you laughing. Only those who have had to lose those extra pounds can appreciate this book. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra Baugh | 9/2/2012

    " I liked this book ok - she was funny ... it just did not call me to come back and pick it up and I don't relate well to her "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 8/18/2012

    " I loved Jen Lancaster's POV on losing weight and how she struggled but still stayed positive. V. Good book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 7/31/2012

    " Really entertaining ... and a bit motivational. And of course, hysterical. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mell Simons | 7/22/2012

    " Not as good as I thought it would be, but still had some laugh out loud moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/8/2012

    " Love Jen lancaster! She always makes me laugh! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennybrown | 5/21/2011

    " Definitely not a "how to" diet book, and no really deep revelations, but a very enjoyable read. Anyone who's tried multiple diets will identify with the author's struggles. It made me laugh on multiple occasions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/20/2011

    " The funniest book I have ever read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/19/2011

    " Fun book, had me laughing out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phoebe223 | 5/8/2011

    " Reading it was entertaining like hanging out with your girl friends over cocktails. Similar to Chelsy Handler, but not raunchy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/29/2011

    " I thought the book was hilarious! Any one who's tried to diet can relate to her book and get several laughs from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/27/2011

    " LOVED IT!! For anyone who has gone the gym, eaten a pie, tried to lose weight, had a friend, a husband or a dog. Giggled myself silly on the beach reading this. Now I have to go and read her other books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 4/27/2011

    " Didn't think it could get funnier than than Bitter is the New Black, but it was...especially if you have ever tried to shed a few pounds yourself! "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 4/19/2011

    " This was a fun, light read. The author is funny and i'll probably check out her other books. In my opinion, though, there were way too many footnotes. I found it distracting. But not so distracting that i won't read the other books. "

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About the Author
Author Jen LancasterJen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous books (The Best of Enemies; I Regret Nothing; Twisted Sisters; The Tao of Martha; Here I Go Again; Jeneration X; If You Were Here; My Fair Lazy; Pretty in Plaid; Such a Pretty Fat; Bright Lights, Big Ass; Bitter Is the New Black). She has appeared on Today, The Joy Behar Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered.
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.