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New Meeting: Bitter is the New Black - Jen Lancaster

From: Susan L.
Sent on: Monday, March 3, 2008 5:13 PM
Announcing a new meeting for The Pittsburgh Chick Lit Book Club!

What: Bitter is the New Black - Jen Lancaster

When: Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Who should come: All book readers should come! Even if you haven't finished the book, it's okay, join us to chat about what you have read.

Why: Join us to discuss the book, Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster. We talk about the book, our lives, our men, our much!

Meeting Description: Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

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It doesn't take Lancaster long to live up to her lengthy subtitle ("Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office"): in just one chapter, she gloats over cheating a homeless man, is rude to a waitress and passes judgment on all of her co-workers (including her "whore" best friend). She's almost gleeful about lacking "the internal firewall that keeps us from saying almost everything we think," but she doesn't come off as straightforward, just malicious. (Of course, it's possible she's making up much of her dialogue, which is a little too clever to be believable.) Lancaster expects sympathy for her downward slide after getting fired from her high-paying finance job in the post-9/11 recession, and chick lit fans may be entertained watching life imitate fiction, but just when you start to feel sorry for her, the snotty attitude returns. In later chapters, Lancaster increasingly relies on entries from her blog (www.jennsylvania. com) and caustic replies to criticisms, and though things start looking up?her husband finds a job, she lands a book deal?it's not clear that she's been as chastised by her experiences as she claims.

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