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Bright Lights, Big Ass

Bright Lights, Big Ass

Do you dream that city life is all about stilettos and cocktail hours? Jen Lancaster says think again. All illusions about city dwelling are gone in her new book, ?Bright Lights, Big Ass’. No longer living her fabulous penthouse-style ways Lancaster looks at life in a new light. Now she is more like the rest of us with her pajama-clad days, house hunting weekends, and her tireless search for the perfect temporary job. Lancaster is witty and charming in this latest memoir. Her usual no-holds barred approach to her days shines through on each page. The short stories and blurbs about menacing squirrels, mass-transit debacles, and her love for all things Target are easily relatable. ?Bright Lights’ is sharp and fun. Lancaster dishes out the sarcasm continuously as she writes about her first year as a published author.

This second book by Lancaster deals more with the everyday life of the author unlike debut novel ?Bitter’ which chronicled her downward spiral into unemployment and eviction. One feels excited for her as she describes the joy at seeing her first published book sitting on a bookstore shelf. She notes with dismay that her everyday world ceases to change despite brisk book sales. A book deal does not equal carte blanche on expensive shoes. For Jen it means finding temporary office work to pay the bills. She still can’t get her landlord to repair her leaky kitchen ceiling and her husband, Fletch, is obsessed with Rachel Ray. She dispels the Carrie Bradshaw type myth that it is all fun and drinks in the city and more akin to parking tickets and trips to Trader Joe’s grocery store. Lancaster’s second book reads just like her popular blog, Jennslyvania. In fact, many of its pages come directly from her daily posts making it a quick, easy, and laugh out loud summer read.

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  • WindingWheelCO By WindingWheelCO
    10.29.08  

    This is the greates book of the 21st century and Jen Lancaster is the greatest author of the 21st century. I've been sharing all of her books with my friends.

  • shawndra By shawndra
    11.05.08  

    I will be reading this soon,sounds awesome

  • adorabledork By adorabledork
    11.12.08  

    I'm considering a move to Chicago, so this might be worth a read!!

  • 4barnes By 4barnes
    02.23.09  

    Sounds interesting....I did enjoy her first book.

  • crossinmama By crossinmama
    03.09.09  

    This book was so fun I read it in 2 days after foot surgery. It really took my mind off the pain. I even laughed while reading it.

  • CurvyMeli By CurvyMeli
    04.23.09  

    This is just a fun, fluff book, not necessarily one of the new Classics, but a great read!

  • misslin19074 By misslin19074
    06.02.09  

    Sounds really entertaining...one night, in bed, with a pint of Soy Delicious Frozen Dessert...sounds like just what I need...

  • rockin608 By rockin608
    06.03.09  

    I haven't read this book but I have read "Bitter is the new black" and it was so much fun to read it. I would highly recommend any of Jen Lancasters books.

  • hellokitty10012 By hellokitty10012
    07.09.09  

    Hmmm...never read her before, but these sound like perfect beach reads.

  • jatkins1229 By jatkins1229
    08.14.09  

    I love Jen Lancaster. I can't wait to read this one!!

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