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Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer Paperback – May 6, 2008
"Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It"
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In Jen's most recent memoir, "Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer" (love those ridiculously long titles!), Jen tackles her biggest challenge yet: her weight. Screw unemployment and psychotic Chicago neighbors: Nothing is scarier for a woman then stepping on the bathroom scale. In Jen's case, she wasn't happy with the numbers she saw on that scale, so she decided to do something about it. Well, actually, she sold a book proposal about trying to lose weight, so she kind of HAD to do something about it. But that's not the point. Jen never used to be the type of woman who would go to the gym every day (or at all). However, she decided to face her fears and give her physical well-being the same kind of attention she devoted to other important aspects of her life: her husband, her pets, her drinking, her shoe fetish, etc.
"Such a Pretty Fat" is a very honest look at what it took for Jen to get herself in shape. Nobody said it was going to be easy. She stumbled plenty of times along the way and gave nearly every diet plan a try, from Atkins to crash dieting to Jenny Craig to Weight Watchers. In the end, Jen finally realized that most diets are B.S. The key to losing weight and being healthy is to make responsible choices and (duh!) exercise. And that's exactly what Jen did.
I think "Such a Pretty Fat" is Jen's best book to date. (My only complaint is that certain chapters gave me monstrous cravings for things like ribs, Twinkies, and Olive Garden bread sticks...damn you, Jen!Read more ›
Before choosing a book without a personal recommendation, I always look at the negative reviews. Sometimes, they actually make me want to buy the book, but in this case, they (along with the titles of her other books) were almost enough to make me say no. If I weren't nearly desperate for reading material, I'd never have bought the book. I learned that it disparages Weight Watchers (which more-or-less saved my life), and that the author is too self-centered to even be funny.
Well, all I can say to those who wrote negative reviews is "Get a sense of humor!" This book is one of the funniest things I've ever read. Yes, Jen is self centered -- about as self centered as most of us -- but more honest about it (and a lot funnier.)
Jen loves shoe-shopping, fashion, and (if I get the context right) overpriced purses. I'm a fashion retard, and hate shopping, especially for shoes (and almost as much for purses.) In the first chapter, she disparages the town I live in, which I actually like (for the most part.) She reviles the soccer moms with minivans, and I do own a minivan (although I try very hard never to actually drive the monstrosity), and my son does play soccer.
So why, when I'm reading this book, do I feel like it's me talking? My husband picked it up and read a few paragraphs from the middle. He says, "Tell me the truth. You're secretly writing books now under the pen name Jen Lancaster, aren't you?"
Jen speaks her mind (saying what plenty of women wish they had the guts to say), and she's freakin' funny. I'm not so sure about the title, though. Sometimes, I'm pretty sure pie IS the answer...
The author isn't very compassionate towards her fellow human beings. A lot of times during reading, I would have to take a break because her view of the world is so short-sighted. It's almost like her world is full of 2-D people whose only feelings are the obvious ones. It's all like a cartoon. It feels like everyone in the world is just there to be judged or bring her pleasure.
Actually, come to think of it, I think she's a good example of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. She is "unwilling or unable to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others". An example of this would be towards the end of the book when she met a homeless woman who was suffering from the effects of long term drug addiction (she was shivering in the heat). The woman came over to her and complimented her on her towel. It was a shabby one, but I think the woman thought it might keep her warm. Jen got angry at the sickly woman for approaching her, also because she might have been late to swim laps. Lancaster interrogated the woman, not because she wanted answers, but to shame the lady when she said "Number one, I'm not going to give you dime so you can continue slowly killing yourself, and number two, even I were to take pity on you--which I'm not--I'm wearing a bathing suit and running shorts. Where exactly do you think I'd be storing money for Junkies fund?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Meh. Got bored and stopped reading. Would be funny if she didn't try so hard; I am guessing the first book is genuinely funny. Just not my kind of book, I guess.Published 2 months ago by a0188279
Not a bad read, not quite what I expected. My mind imagined another Nora Ephron. Oh well.Published 4 months ago by Old Sparkie
Funny read, not quite the style of book I normally read, however it was a nice break.Published 7 months ago by Shelly
This is the second of Jen Lancaster's books I have listened to, and I really have enjoyed them both. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carrie