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Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass LookBig, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer
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NEW. Trade size paperback. "One Narcissist's Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer"

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  • Unbelievably hilarious and poignant
    A wonderful, hilarious read once again by the lovely Jen Lancaster. Careful - when you pick it up, you won't be able to put it back down! After picking up 'Bitter is the New Black' (also by Jen) a couple of weeks ago I couldn't get my hands on her other books quickly enough. Well worth it - unbelievably funny and well written! Jen has lodged herself firmly in my list of Top Ten favorite authors....more info
  • I hated this...
    I thought this book was terrible, it was my first by J.L. and will be my last. I hated all the footnotes, it broke up the flow of the story. If you are curious about this book get it used not new......more info
  • Absolutely Wonderful
    This book was absolutely amazing. She is very sarcastic with everything she writes. I feel as though she is sitting right next to me telling me her story. I can relate to everything she says about eating and working out which made me laugh the entire read. ...more info
  • Hysterical for any dieter
    I am pretty sure I will enjoy any book Jen Lancaster writes as I think she is pretty hysterical. So while I gave this book four stars, I really want to give HER four stars, and the book three. My main problem with the book was that I didn't think enough of the book was about the subject. She really didn't kick her diet in gear until the last quarter of the book and I wanted to go through that experience with her, but there just wasn't enough of it. It's a good read - I just wish it was better focused....more info
  • morally bankrupt drivel
    The supposedly edifying, redemptive moment for this navel-gazing philistine is her "brave" dressing down of a junkie who paid her a compliment in hopes of some panhandled reward. This infuriates the author who might be a minute late for her swim. Lancaster has all the insight and compassion of a slug -- or a midwestern sorority girl.

    I'd like to say that my grocery lists have more grace than Lancaster's writing, but that might give her ideas about how to pad her next disaster. If she were just trying to stretch such thin material, I might forgive her use of her email correspondence with her friends. But I can't shake the feeling that she actually found the contents of said email amusing.

    I'm appalled by this extraordinarily impoverished book. It is not a good sign about our culture -- both literary and general -- that someone would publish it, and that people would read it and somehow deem it worthy.

    I wish I had my wasted 15 dollars back. I would find that junkie and take her out to a decent lunch -- and Lancaster can just go soak herself....more info
  • "hey lady..."
    I picked this book up because a friend suggested it and I have to admit that I laughed the whole way through. Jen is an amazing writer who manages to to remain conversational and witty, without coming off haughty. She is snarky and honest and is totally engrossed with 80's culture which...well, be still my heart. This is a great summer-read-by-the-beach type book! ...more info
  • ***
    Received item in perfect condition. New looking. It did take a month to receive the item. ...more info
  • Hysterically funny!
    DO NOT READ THIS BOOK WITH A FULL BLADDER--you will pee yourself laughing!
    Check-out her other books as well--great stuff!...more info
  • Horrible Book
    This book is horrible. If I could give it no stars, then I would. If you are looking for inspiration for working out and losing weight, don't even bother reading. It took like half the book until she started working out. The first half of the book talks about her dogs, husband, shopping with friends, ugh. I kept saying, when is this going to get on point? And I don't think her writing is very charming. It is somewhat amusing, although I doubt it is genuine as a "memoir" and wouldn't pass the Oprah test, if you know what I mean.
    I didn't even give my copy away, I threw mine in the trash. ...more info
    Every one of her books is better than the one before it! She is by far the funniest author I have ever read. I literally laugh out loud when I read her books. She's witty, sarcastic, and as smart as she thinks she is! I wish she wrote more. LOVE HER....more info
  • Her story is down to earth and natural
    This is the first of Jen Lancasters' work that i've read. As soon as I finished it, I ordered the other two and put the third on pre-order! Her work is wonderful! It's simple and down to earth. I felt like I was listening to a story from an old friend. I have recommended it to everyone I know. I can't say enough about it!...more info
  • Happy reading, but just a little funny~
    I expected this book would be very funny, but turns out it's only funny for the first half of the book. The second half of the book is more serious and focus on her exercise regimen. I did find myself cheering for her, and decided to start working out myself. ...more info
  • Funniest one yet
    This is the best diet book ever. I especially like the part where she described weight lifting in the tiny gym to that of lifting weights in prison, and referred to her trainer as her "prison bitch," and the numerous references to office birthday cake.
    If you've ever struggled with weight loss, or haven't, and are wondering what it's like for those who do, get this book and read it....more info
  • Jabba in Pearls!
    Seriously, this book has been my new inspiration! I want Jen as my new best friend, my work out buddy and the person rooting me on when I have to talk to someone in Far Away land regarding my cell phone bill! She is amazing and I can't tell you how many times I would come to work the next day and have a few quotes for everyone! This is a must read for anyone battling a muffin top or anyone who has a sense of humor!...more info
  • Does laughing count as exercise?
    After a heart attack scare 2/11/08, I participated in a medical weight loss program. Now in the maintenance phase, several members in my group decided to read "Such a Pretty Fat". Well, we all loved it. It was kind of like looking at an "over the top" neurotic reflection of ourselves. Every food issue that any of us had ever had was magnified 10 fold in hilarious detail. The only thing I noticed was that the men in our group were not interested in reading the book nor did they like to discuss food/emotional issues in group, complaining that all that stuff was way too "touchy feely" for them. I don't know if overweight men have different food issues than their female counterparts or if they are just uncomfortable with the whole idea of self-scrutiny. Maybe we'll never know or maybe Ms. Lancaster knows a fat funny guy who has a way with words? ...more info
  • Such a Pretty Fat
    I don't normally read this type of book, but it was hilarious. I think I will buy another one of her books just for the laughs....more info
  • Such a Pretty Fat
    HIL-AR-I-OUS. I read the majority of this book in the Philadelphia airport. I'm surprised security didn't question my continual, out-loud laughter. On the plane, people actually asked me what I was reading because I was making such a scene. I vow to buy anything Jen Lancaster writes...and anything she suggests....more info
  • Laugh out loud funny!
    Jen Lancaster's latest book is laugh out loud funny. I picked it up on a whim, and laughed (truly) our loud just reading the teaser at the back.

    Lancaster starts by describing the horrific foods she endured through her childhood ('healthy and flavorless' she says) until she ate away from home and discovered butter and cream and FLAVOR!!

    The years pass and the pounds add up, until the doctor points out further weight gain and the results this wreaks on one's body. As Lancaster says, "...what good is finally being able to afford a pedicure if I lose a foot to adult-onset diabetes

    Lancaster shows the way she conquered weight gain to become fit again and we get to laugh with her along the way. From Atkins to Jenny Craig to Weight Watchers, we see what works and what dedication it can take.

    Lancaster's wit and style of writing kept me laughing from start to finish. This is the first non-reference book that has footnotes (!) which allowed greater was like a friend whispering into my ear at a party, giving me the backstory on various guests.

    Lancaster starts the book with a story about someone telling her what a fat bitch she is, and it doesn't phase her. She accepts that she is who she is. She ends with a similar story, but her comeback to the insult this time is, "No, I am a fit bitch."

    I would recommend this to any friend who wanted a laugh. "Such a Pretty Fat" reminds me it's all worth laughing about to keep perspective.

    ...more info
  • For Everyone Who's Ever Been on a Diet....
    ...or loved someone who has. This book will resonate with everyone who has been a serial dieter, tried everything on the shelf, blamed yourself, your metabolism, your boyfriend, your husband,your doctor, Oprah, and your dog. Jen writes in sometimes harsh, sometimes vulgar, but ultimately hilarious prose about her struggle to shed the pounds. (I agree with other reviewers that at moments her barbs toward others go too far and alienate the reader rather than drawing them in...she should be careful of that in future books.)

    In a refreshing twist, it doesn't appear that she ultimately reached her weight loss goal, but she did end with a healthier lifestyle and sense of her own body. ...more info
  • Hilarious!
    All of Jen Lancaster's books have literally made me laugh out loud, and this one is no exception. For any woman with a great sense of humor, who can appreciate sarcasm and who has ever struggled with weight loss, this book should be right up your alley....more info
  • Such an awful book!
    The WORST book I have ever read, without exception. What a slog. It was like being tortured. The only reason I continued to read to the end is because I was completely incredulous that the book could actually get continually worse (& it did, OH how it did).

    I stand in awe that Jen Lancaster could actually have gotten published. I have lost faith in American publishing if this manure could be published by any respectable publishing house.

    I usually don't buy books, but I'd been recommended this one on amazon (curse them!) & later saw it on the bookshelf at Barnes & Noble & snagged it on impulse. Oh my goodness! I gave this woman my money! I am sick to my stomach.

    The writer (book is written in the first person) is completely unlikeable with no redeemable qualities. Just goes to show you, ladies, ANYONE can get a guy, no matter how odious her personality (or how much of a raving alcoholic she is). For that matter, ANYONE can have a bestseller if this drivel can get published. So get out there & WRITE!

    I should have known I would have a problem with this author's opinions when she said she wears Crocs. ALL THE TIME. Hold my head somebody.

    She curses all the time. I believe that people who curse are too ignorant to know the proper words to use, so they just spew obscenities. Jen Lancaster is a perfect example of my theory. Oh, & note to Jen: Being a drunk middle-aged woman with dog excrement all over her apartment is NOT funny (especially when you're wearing Crocs).

    She writes about being in shock that she actually sold a book. SHE SHOULD BE! Here's an excerpt:

    "I know I've done this a couple of times before, but each time a book sells, it feels like a miracle."

    Yeah! Because it is! A horrible, nightmarish miracle!

    "I want to call my publisher and ask, 'Are you sure? You're really interested in what I have to say? And you're willing to write me a check to do so? And then you'll put these thoughts - asinine as they may be - and put them in a format that will live on in the Library of Congress forever?' Unbelievable."

    Yes, Jen! Truly unbelievable! Because this book is garbage. As my dear mother would say, its only use is to line the birdcage. Thank goodness those birds don't know how to read.

    At one point, the author says she didn't like a personal trainer because she had no sense of humor, which Jen Lancaster defines as someone who doesn't find her funny. All I can say is, she must run into people with no sense of humor A LOT.

    She also uses words that are not words. My kingdom for an editor! She actually used the non-word "orientated." Oh my goodness! This woman is getting paid for being illiterate.

    Also, at one point she referred to being on a Caribbean vacation & hearing a "tin drum." She meant a STEEL drum. So not only is the author getting paid for manure, the publisher & editor are, too!

    I have so much more to say. Just please: Don't read this book. Life is too short to waste on this rubbish. ...more info
  • Don't waste your time
    Jen Lancaster, according to her first book, convinced everyone at her old job that she was the greatest thing since sliced bread, and, clearly, she's done the same with her current agent and publishing house. This book so needs an editor. Apparently, if you sit around, whine and watch reality TV and have an ego the size of Texas, you can write these things down and get a book deal. I encourage everyone to do so!

    Lancaster's first book was enjoyable, but this one is just pathetic. If you do make the mistake of picking it up, save yourself *some* time and skip the inane, silly, useless footnotes. Lancaster is no DF Wallace. ...more info
  • Very funny
    This book was very funny, and very really feel like you can somewhat relate to her. Great read!...more info
  • What's up with the foot notes
    I'll be honest upfront that I haven't finished reading this book yet. I'm giving it three stars not because I'm not enjoying or connecting with the book but because of how it is written. What's up with the footnotes. I've read disertations with fewer footnotes. It's really disappointing because otherwise I'd be totally into the book....more info
  • Laugh Out Loud Funny!
    I have never laughed out loud while reading a book, so many times! My husband wondered what in the heck I was reading until I read half the book to him...against his will! It's a must read to lift your spirits and crack you up! Love Jen Lancaster!...more info
  • Hilarious!
    I was warned that the book was, at times, "raunchy". I don't call a few "F.." and "S..." to be raunchy. What I found was a well-written, hilarious book about one woman's struggle to lose weight. We've all been there and can totally relate to her challenges, which makes it all the more hilarious.
    I do not agree with the reviewer who called the book "narcissistic". That reviewer obviously missed the point. The book was about losing weight and about writing this very book.
    I've never read a Jen Lancaster book before, but I didn't want this one to end. I want her as my best friend now and I plan to buy all her other books. I love her style and she's so much like me that it's uncanny. To Jen, I say, "You go, girl!"...more info
  • Write What You Know
    It's been said that writers should write about what they know. Jen Lancaster knows about herself, hence the collection of memoirs. While I don't think her life is particularly fascinating, the way she writes about it makes it interesting. She can take a trip to the supermarket and turn it into a work of comedy. And that is a special talent.

    Love her or hate her, her talent lies in making the mundane fun....more info