- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 9901st edition (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451221257
- ISBN-13: 978-0451221254
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 201 customer reviews
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Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl's Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me? Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Lancaster (Bitter Is the New Black) is a plus-sized, downwardly mobile Republican. She makes fun of disabled people. She cracks nasty about Anna Nicole Smith (granted, she was still alive at the time). She annotates her text with footnotes cheering herself on. When she's feeling particularly mean, she writes in her own "pidgin Spanish." But in spite of all her politically incorrect rantings, there are times when Lancaster is just too on-target to ignore. People who worry about Bush imposing the Christian lifestyle on everyone, for instance, should take heart from how he's raised his daughters—those "twins are but a Jell-O shot away from starring in the presidential edition of Girls Gone Wild." Even if readers can't altogether sympathize when Lancaster has to downscale her shopping "Holy Trinity" from Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus to IKEA, Target and Trader Joe's—they know what she means when she talks about the relentlessly cheerful sales staff at Trader Joe's, the tough-love staff at Target or how IKEA's going to take over America by keeping us all busy with Allen wrenches. Her humor is a bit like junk food—something you can enjoy when no one is looking. (May)
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About the Author
Jen Lancaster is the author of Bitter is the New Black. She has lived in Chicago for ten years with her husband and pets, and has yet to get the hang of the subway or returning library books in a timely manner. Visit www.jennsylvania.com
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What I like most about Jen Lancaster is her willingness to put her imperfections all out on the table, when in reality most of us would rather cover our imperfections up. She writes about how sometimes the "right" thing to do doesn't always feel the best, and you know what--sometimes doing to wrong thing feels good. We're all human, we make mistakes, we indulge our selfish desires (she's jobless, relying on her hubby's income, and she knows he needs his job but she bothers him for attention from time to time while he works because even though she knows it's wrong, she succumbs to her temptations at times like anyone else).
Some reviews find Jen Lancaster to be too snarky or even rude at times, but I think you have to take her motivation into account, she's as hard on herself as she is on other people in her world, and she vacillates between narcissism and self-deprecation, just as so many of us do.
Bright Lights, Big Ass details Jen's long desire to move to the big city, so she can feel cool and hip. Her experience comes with a lot of life lessons about urbanites, hipsters, crime, and ultimately, what she learns about herself. You will laugh often reading this book, it's perfect bath-tub reading if you need some time away from the kids to giggle your abs back into a flat washboard. I'm not even kidding, there were times where my sides would ache from laughing so much after reading parts of this book. Jen Lancaster is beyond hilarious, she's learned not to take herself too seriously, and if you read even one of her books, you'll order the rest of them to read--she's a great "binge read" author. Get a few of her books and enjoy--she's hilarious.
(Yes, there is a "but" after this).
In "Bitter is the new black", the main story line was Jen's struggle to find a job after she was laid off, and her subsequent financial difficulties.
In "Such a pretty fat", it was her endeavor to lose weight and become healthy/healthier.
So it gave consistency to all Jen's ranting and a direction to the plot. In this book, there is no such clear steering, so while it's still pretty hilarious, it comes across as less structured.
What bugged me as well was the auto-plagiarism. There are a couple of comments in "Bright lights" that are exactly the same ones as in the other two books. Jen with her smart retorts can surely find new material for her new book without coming up with the same jokes!
OK, that's it for the "but"s. There were really funny accounts of "life with the neighbors" (that was supposed to be the storyline but... not really), of the cats and dogs as usual, and Jen's teasing of her husband Fletch. I actually laughed a fair few times, and I will probably read some more of her books!
Those who hated this and the other two books or found Jen Lancaster to be shallow, snarky and hateful, well so what? She is a little bit of all three. Aren't we all? The difference is she's also brave enough to be honest about who she is and what her priorities really are or were and where they are heading as she matures. I think Jen represents in many ways, a huge percentage of the women from her (our) generation. We grew up in a material world - Jen's books are an open look at the path through and beyond that world into the bigger picture. If you can carry a Prada bag and be funny while you learn something at the same time, more power to you!
This is another great book by Jen Lancaster. She is hilarious. She takes you on a ride each book with various witty comments and scenes that you just can't believe she does but yet since you seem to grow to know her as a person through her books you can believe it.
I am a huge fan and recommend them to all of my friends