The list author says: "I only lately have fallen in love with memoirs from certain authors (no not Eat, Pray, Love, that was the most annoying book ever) and wanted to put together a list of memoirs that I think are very good."
"This book takes place prior to 9/11 where the dotcom craze was still at its peak and everyone was making money hands over fists. Before Lancaster realizes it she is laid off from work and unemployed for close to two years."
"The sequel to Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights takes place after Lancaster and her new husband Fletch have finally gotten off unemployment and moved to another place to live other than their crappy apartment above some crazed hippies."
"Third memoir by Lancaster that details her quest to lose weight. I have to say this book was inspiring and actually had me look at myself and realize that I need to lose weight and stop making excuses for myself about why I did not need to go to the gym."
"The fourth memoir by Lancaster that actually revolves around the outfits she was wearing when major changes happened to her. I loved it, we get to hear more about Lancaster's life growing up in Indiana and college life."
"Read this book during a rainy afternoon in VA and proceeded to try to cook one of the recipes that Mayes has in her novel. I have been to Florence, Rome, Milan, and Turin and this book actually made me homesick for Italy again."
"Hmm though I am a fan of Mayes this book does wander a bit and Mayes getting more into poetry and authors during her travels starting annoying me and did cause me to skip through these paragraphs. It was nice to hear her experiences traveling through other countries than Italy though."
"You have to give it to De Blasi she tells her memoirs of finding love with a man she barely knows from Florence and how she gave up her life in America to go and be his wife. Sometimes the "Stranger" as De Blasi calls him seems a bit immature and condesending to her and caused me to want to smack him and her but the descriptions of the food and people in Venice were great."