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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
by Jen Lancaster

Published: 2006-03-07
Paperback : 416 pages
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New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster takes you from sorority house to penthouse to poorhouse in her hilarious memoir of living the sweet life—until real life kicked her to the curb.

She had the perfect man, the perfect job—hell, she had the perfect life—and there was no ...
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Introduction

New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster takes you from sorority house to penthouse to poorhouse in her hilarious memoir of living the sweet life—until real life kicked her to the curb.

She had the perfect man, the perfect job—hell, she had the perfect life—and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good.

Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it's a rollicking read as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.

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by sminer (see profile) 02/29/16

How did your feelings for Jen change from the beginning to the end of the book?
Does Jen really become "a better person" by the end of the book?
How do Jen's and Fletch's proposals characterize them individually and as a couple?
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by [email protected] (see profile) 07/22/17

Poignant and epic struggle written in a hilarious story to mask the pain of falling from so high to the ultimate low. Very relatable for a certain demographic - I remember it well!

 
  "Difficult read"by GenaB (see profile) 02/29/16

The problem I had with this book is the author comes off as a selfish, self centered person. I did not feel sorry for her when her world collapsed. Yet she was able to "blog" her way back... (read more)

 
  "Bitter is the new black"by sminer (see profile) 02/29/16

This book exhausted me.

 
  "Laugh out loud book"by LaurenL (see profile) 01/28/12

This memoir is a hilarious account of a materialistic, egotistical woman's fall from the good life into the Chicago unemployment office. In the beginning I wasn't sure if I'd like the book because I hated... (read more)

 
  "Funny Narrative of the changing Work Environment post 911"by lizeline (see profile) 12/22/11

 
  "Bitter"by danirae (see profile) 06/26/11

 
  "Bitter is the New Black"by vtreader (see profile) 06/16/11

This was fun read although a little unsettling at times. I enjoyed the book overall and would look into reading other books by this author.

 
  "Enjoyed it"by mylife580 (see profile) 05/17/11

I thought it was funny and fun.

 
  "Kept waiting for something exciting to happen..."by tarajune (see profile) 04/04/11

 
  "Less than!"by kcwalker (see profile) 03/30/11

Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, that description totally fit our bookclubs overall review of this book. Personally, I hated the book and only completed it because... (read more)

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