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My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black, or, a Culture-Up Manifesto

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It's a JENaissance! The New York Times bestselling author of Pretty in Plaid gets her culture on.

Readers have followed Jen Lancaster through job loss, sucky city living, weight loss attempts, and 1980s nostalgia. Now Jen chronicles her efforts to achieve cultural enlightenment, with some hilarious missteps and genuine moments of inspiration along the way. And she does s
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by NAL
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Jan 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
This was possibly the worst book I have ever read. Partially because it is written on a fourth grade level. Partially because the author thinks she is hilarious, but is not. But mostly because the main character in the book is possibly the worst person I have ever read about. She is massively ignorant, and proud of it. Even while the book ostensibly is about her becoming "cultured" she resists at every level. This is a character, after all, who proudly proclaims that Ayn Rand and "Atlas Shrugged ...more
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Okay, I feel horrible giving a Jen Lancaster book only 2 stars, but I honestly thought it was "okay" and not much more. I normally love JL, I think she's hilarious and perhaps it was my excitement over this book that led to my disappointment. It's nothing like the other ones, where the storyline is coherent and there's (somewhat) of a goal to reach at the end. While I loved the last chapter of My Fair Lazy, the rest felt forced and very little of it was about Jen becoming more cultured. A lot of ...more
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Jen Lancaster's books, they are hilarious, fun and sarcastic. I've read all the previous novels, kept up on her blog and subscribed to her twitter feed, she's just that much fun to follow. I mean come on, she posts LOLcat pictures. That pretty much secures you a place in awesomeland.

This book follows Jen's journey to get a little bit more culture beyond her current realm of reality shows like The Hills and The Real Housewives and takes place over a little over a year, ending wi
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
In My Fair Lazy, Jen Lancaster returns with the same wit, humor, hilarious self-reflections, and tangential footnotes that made her so popular with her first books Bitter is the New Black and Bright Lights Big Ass. Now, I have to admit that, for me, those first couple books were definitely her best and funniest books. While I enjoyed Such a Pretty Fat and Pretty In Plaid, I found them not quite as full of the laugh-out-loud humor I found in the first ones. But in this one, I thought Jen Lancaste ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
A featherweight blog-to-print conversion. Samuel Pepys is now well-known because he kept a personal diary of his mundane comings and goings during a turbulent time in English history – the late 1600s. Perhaps in a modern day effort to replicate this brand of immortality, there is now an entire subgenre of memoir devoted to converting personal blogs to printed books with minimal editing or concern for artistic flourishes. Jen Lancaster’s 384 pages of Twitter-esque recording of the trivial events ...more
May 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs
It took me 2 months to finish this book, stopping and jumping to other books more than once, which is a huge difference from Lancaster's last book, which I finished in 2 days. This wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't anything new. There is only so many different ways that an author can explain why they are so much better (and oh so much RICHER than you'll ever be) before it just gets boring. Lancaster realized finally that she is just an average girl in middle America, but instead of embracing this ...more
Amy Moritz
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Confession time: I have a writer crush on Jen Lancaster. Her writing is entertaining and clear and not just funny but witty. She makes me want to read more, write more and do more. And to me, that's one of the signs of an great talent. In this memoir, she writes about her "Jenassaince" -- her desire to step away from reality television and get "culture" and "class" though much of the book is a question of which comes first, culture or class. Her goal is to not be the girl who says the first thin ...more
Jul 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is the third and final book of Jen Lancaster's that I will read. There is a pretty consistent pattern in her writing - 1.) include emails to friends that outline that she was a total bitch in a situation but she wants it to come across as funny 2.) Ambien-induced Twitter messages or stories involving Ambien mixed with alcohol that are first funny but after a while you wonder how someone in their 40's can continue to do the same thing and be surprised at the outcome 3.) Pfft repeated over an ...more
This is Jen Lancaster's fifth book (though I must confess, although I consider myself a fan, it's only the second one I've read), and those who have read her before will not be disappointed by her humor and wit, though Lazy has less substance than the one other I've read, Bitter is the New Black.

Having moved from a 9-5 life to a full-time writer's life (thanks to her previous successes), Lancaster has found herself giving much of her free time to the pursuit of reality TV watching, and less time
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Frankly, it's a miracle I gave this two stars, because after the first 50 pages, I was ready to give it 0 stars and a kick across the room. This is my first experience reading Jen Lancaster, and she comes off VERY poorly at the beginning of this memoir, which details her attempt to watch less reality TV and become more cultured. I thought this sounded like a fairly interesting project, particularly as American culture has become increasingly anti-intellectual. Sadly, Lancaster's attitude to both ...more
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
In spite of the fact that the book is full of 80's pop culture references and they don't particularly resonate with this child of the 60's-70's, I found this book thoroughly enjoyable. All of Jen Lancaster's books to date have been memoirs. Just as Such a Pretty Fat reflected her quest to work on a better body and healthier lifestyle (Aren't we all looking for that?), this one is about her effort to "culture up" a bit. She's a reality show addict who desires to round herself out so that she does ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love Jen Lancaster. So nice to read an author who I agree with on so many issues. She is smart sarcastic and funny. I want to hang out with her !!!
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs
Jen Lancaster is laugh out loud, hilarious. She is honest and the type of girl I would love to be friends with. Warning to readers-she tends to be a bit profane. It's not every word but when she drops a swear word, it tends to be a doozy. I liked this book so much because I could definitely relate to having a possible addiction to reality-television, many conversations and comparisons centering on the seasons of Bachelor or ANTM, and a surge of joy whenever I discover someone else watches the sa ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Since this is the fourth Jen Lancaster memoir I've read (and the third in a fairly short time period), I can't say I don't know what she's all about at this point. Still, I was expecting something more from this book.

I've been aware for awhile that politically speaking, Jen and I don't have much in common. She hints at her Republicanism in earlier books, and I haven't had a problem with it because hey, the whole world doesn't have to agree with me (also, that's not why I read her - I read her b
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Jen Lancaster is funny, aggressive and insensitive. Sometimes she's such "a mean girl" that her unlikeability outweighs the funny. (Example: A woman who is so supportive of her gay male friends, and in Bright Lights, Big Ass, she goes on an on about being "all about the gays," should know it's not cool to dismiss Rachel Maddow in this book as "he.") For an author who so proudly writes about keeping her politics out of her work, she certainly manages to do her share of liberal slagging. And just ...more
Nicole R
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jen Lancaster is back with hilarious tales of her life in Chicago with her husband, writer friends, and house full of pets - this time she is convinced that her TV diet of reality television has made her uncomfortable in social situations and makes people look down on her. To solve this problem, she is taking a page from Miss Eliza Doolittle and is getting some culture - Jenassaince style! Nothing is taboo: plays, operas, classic literature, poetry, and Eating the World! As always, she manages t ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Fair Lazy is the type of book one picks up when they just want to laugh by the pool on a hot summer afternoon. I have never read memoirs by a funnier, more irreverent person than Jen Lancaster. The most hysterical parts happen when you cannot believe what you just read.

"New York Times" bestselling author Lancaster is a self-proclaimed reality show addict, hence the subtitle of the book: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover if Not Being a Dumb Ass is the New Black, or a Culture-
The subtitle mostly tells you what this book is about. The author is flailing about, trying to think of a subject to tackle in her next memoir when she realizes that all of her references (in conversation) relate to reality TV programs and starts feeling wholly uncultured. She sets herself a goal to experience museums, theater, ethnic food, etc. in an effort to broaden her horizons and make herself a more interesting conversational partner. Her aim is to not make a fool of herself at an upcoming ...more
Jen Troester
I am a big fan of the previous books written by this author, and while I did have a few laugh out loud moments this time around, I wasn't as impressed with the book on a whole. It almost felt as though she was reaching for something to talk about. Knowing she had to write another book, but without having much else to write about, so she just randomly chose a subject and attempted to run with it and make it funny. A lot of it wasn't all that funny, though, and this time around her remarks about h ...more
I loved this book. It was light, fluffy and laugh-out-loud funny, a perfect break from The Kid which I was reading at the same time. This is my first time reading anything by Lancaster so I really didn't know what to expect but I was totally entertained. Maybe the fact that I am a total reality show junkie helped too (i won't even tell you how many of the shows she mentions that I have watched myself-shame rattle indeed!)

The book is basically about Lancaster's decision to break out of her comfo
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Maybe it's because I listened to this on an audio book instead of reading it, but I thought this book was 10% funny and 90% obnoxious. I'll admit, the narrator's voice was so annoying that I had a hard time focusing on what she was saying. However, this has to be the most incoherent and unorganized book that has ever been published. There is no logical flow from chapter to chapter; Jen bounces from a highly detailed review of a play to restaurant to weekend at the beach to a 10 page analysis of ...more
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library

I've loved Jen Lancaster since her first book, 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, but I've started to outgrow her books. This book is far more disjointed than her previous, and less pointed. It can't be easy to mine your own current life for a full book, although I applaud her goal and attempt. Alas, I had read so much of this on her blog, it was slightly disappointi
Jodi Papazian
May 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-reads
Dare I say this?

I might be getting a little Jen Lancaster'd out. I have laughed uproariously through some of her past memoirs while this one left me feeling a little ... bored. In fact, I found myself constantly putting it down thinking, "ugh, I really can't read any more of this right now."

Hmmm ... something good to say ... . OK, I got one. I liked how her chapter titles tied in with different reality shows. That was clever. That, unfortunately, was also about it.

To be honest, I find Jen Lancas
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once again I was totally delighted with this book and Jen Lancaster had me rolling in the floor. The way she tells her life stories is hilarious. The characters are amusing with their back and forth bantering and all in fun. Jen's friends even get in on the action.

In this part of her life Jen has already sold some books and is trying to "culture" herself for her next book. She takes up the theater and museums and Jen and Angie (Jen's friend) go to the after parties where Jen runs into people she
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was fun! But if you've never watched reality TV this book isn't for you. Frankly, if you've never watched *bad* reality TV, this isn't for you. Flavor Flav, Rock of Love, and Real Housewives--maybe you don't watch them, but at least know enough about them to laugh at jokes at their expense.

Also you need to be up-to-speed on general pop culture references, like these:
a. Worst. Superhero. Ever.
b. That was way harsh, Tai.

(Hints: a) is from an animated TV show b) is from a 'new classic' high sc
Anna Bez
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I may be losing patience with Jen. All her books are pretty much the same and I am starting to wonder if I liked the books when I was younger because I wasn't around anyone who spoke with such a flippant, sarcastic voice. (And now...who doesn't talk like this?) I also enjoyed the first books because I was learning about her career changes and how she went from unemployed to blogger to author. The newer books are just highlights of her day-to-day existence so no real "trouble" to drive the story. ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel like this was supposed to be funnier than I found it? But to me it edged more towards annoying.

I think she thought it was hilarious, but most of it just fell flat to me. I think the few times I laughed it was something her pets did.

Maybe I just picked the wrong one to start with. I know several people on my f-list rate her pretty highly, and my library has a good deal of them on audio. I'm sure I'll give her another chance or two before writing her off entirely as just someone who isn't
Jessi Brown
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Jen Lancaster does it again, creating a piece of work that leaves us laughing so hard we almost pee our pants *and some of you actually did, but that will just be between us ;-)* We take a journey with Jen in her effort to get "cultured" reading her take on various plays some even including n-a-k-e-d people, her attempts of eating the world, and the hunt for a house. Some of my favorite chapters include RATINMYHOUSE! and of course the Thundercats. With her snarky wit, her footnotes, and her part ...more
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it

Jen spills all in her memoir My Fair Lazy. Choosing to sit back and laugh at others on reality television shows. When she decides to sit the remote down, turn off the TV and venture out into the real world to see what life is like on that side.

Her attempts for a cultural makeover make for a very entertaining read. She takes you along to experience her many adventures including theater, dance, poetry and more. She is a very talented writer whose voice begs to be heard. She's on my favorite author
May 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
I looked forward to reading this one, and for the first time, I was disappointed. It seemed forced and pretentious. I only laughed out loud once, and for a Jen Lancaster book that almost unheard of. It felt like the situations were created to set her up to say her dumbass stuff, and that it was all really phoney.
In her other books the situations seemed much more organic and she was likable despite being a complete jackass, but now that she's going for 'culture' and I believe, trying to be likab
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Jen Lancaster is the author of her own memoirs including: as Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights, Big Ass, Such A Pretty Fat, Pretty in Plaid, My Fair Lazy, and the newest: Jeneration X.

She has also dabbled with fiction in her first book, If You Were Here.
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