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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
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
Yeah I am still mad I bought this one in hardcover. I think I lost my mind since I tend to only buy hardcover when I know I will be re-reading an author again and again. At least "My Fair Lazy" had more of a structure than the last memoir did. This one just follows Lancaster as she goes on a cultural diet, i.e. doing things like reading poetry, attending the theater, etc. Sorry, it just felt very....who cares about this as I was reading. As someone who misses their Booklikes blog and used to pos ...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
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir, 2016
3.5 stars. Quickie Review: I'm rapidly making my way through reading all of Jen Lancaster's books. My Fair Lazy is one of the few books that I haven't read. In this book, Jen goes on a journey where she is trying to better herself by trying to care about more than just reality TV and other frivolous things. She does a couple things in the book such as trying to learn about other cuisines as well as trying to read more difficult books (always my quest) in order to better herself.

As with so many
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
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
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-bio
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
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
Erin Baker
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accidental choice makes for good read

Not sure how this book got in my "for later" shelf two years ago. I need a quick read before the next book was ready and thought, "Hey! Why not?"
I enjoyed the ride for the most part. I laughed out loud and chuckled, and even took notes on a few authors for future reference... Possibly for my own Erinaissance, perhaps?
I think what threw me was that the author seemed to dominate all conversations. With her friends, husband, strangers.... And that just might be
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
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
Loyola University Chicago Libraries
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
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As with all Jen Lancaster’s books this was hilarious! Lots of laughing out loud and spraying my cat with whatever I was drinking at the moment.

This particular book is about Jen’s desire to be cultured including to finding a way to not to babble when she meets celebrities. As a reader, they were really funny and you feel for her in those situations.

Most of the book is about her visits to cultural spots in Chicago and New York which she starts with some hesitation. She does seem to enjoy many of
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Still a fan and in addition to being entertained, I actually learned a few things in this one ;)
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jen is entertaining as always.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
The author is just ick! She is not funny or clever. This is what a mean girl becomes when they enter adulthood.
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Until now, I had pretty much ignored Jen Lancaster's addiction to reality television, which I consider the absolute lowest form of television entertainment (well, besides wrestling and porn). I have never watched a "reality" show in my life, unless you count HGTV shows like Trading Spaces as reality shows, and I quit watching those years ago when they got completely outlandish. I could understand Jen watching the fashion-based shows, since she is very much into fashion. One of my primary interes ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
HOT DAMN IS THIS BOOK ACTUAL TRASH. I picked it up at a Little Free Library and I still feel like I paid too much for it. As someone who loves trashy tv, pop culture references, the Chicago food scene, and the “cultured” things Jen is trying to embrace during her “Jenaissance,” I thought this book would be right up my alley. Not so much. Jen is incredibly unlikeable. She comes across as whiny, ignorant, and childish. Think of everything you hate about Lorelei Gilmore (makes offensive jokes, disd ...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
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Chick lit, reality show fans
Shelves: chic-lit, non-fiction
Lancaster isn't for everyone with her sarcasm and quick-witted humor, but I liked this book almost as much as Bright Lights, Big Ass, which was my absolute favorite. It's an easy read, and what I liked in this is that Jen still has her same sense of humor, but she's evolving a bit more and (thankfully) maturing. A lot of her critics say she's narcissistic, but it's a memoir and I've yet to read a memoir that couldn't have that same criticism. Lancaster is just all about fun (and her) and since I ...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
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
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-
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
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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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Lancaster shared with Goodreads her favorite books that both revel in and rip off popular culture.
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“I never sleep on the plane. I have to be awake and using my mind power to keep it in the air” 9 likes
“I love the French and Italian church paintings from the Middle Ages. But I'm also interested to learn more about who was the first to make the leap from religious art to secular. That couldn't have been a small feat. Who was brave enough to say, " You know what? Enough of Jesus. I'mma paint me this here bowl of fruit and then I'mma paint my girlfriend... naked!” 5 likes
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