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Bitter Is the New Black | [Jen Lancaster]

Bitter Is the New Black

Jen Lancaster was 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Jen Lancaster was 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 listen as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.

©2006 Jen Lancaster; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Betty Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-12-09
    Betty Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-12-09
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    "Intolerable"

    I keep reading about Lancasters "Sharp wit"
    I didn't hear it, she sounds like the teen queens on every rich kid high school series since 2000
    She laughs about stealing a bag from a "smelly" homeless man.
    After that I wanted her to fall, and hard. She really didn't suffer much, and seemed temporarily chastened but when things looked up became almost as obnoxious as she was before. Revolting on all levels.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Tell City, IN, United States 01-25-14
    Terri Tell City, IN, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must Read - Still Laughing!"
    If you could sum up Bitter Is the New Black in three words, what would they be?

    Any woman who has climbed the corporate ladder in the 80’s & 90’s will LOVE this book! It’s a Must Read for you. I have even purchased this book as Christmas gifts for dear friends. I giggled out loud throughout the book. In reading the negative reviews prior to my purchase, all I can say is, “you all just don’t get it and never will.”


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bitter Is the New Black?

    Too many to list, but the relationship between Jen and Fletch is very special. I think Jen is a very lucky lady.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, any woman who has worked very hard for her place in the business world will love this book. And for those bad reviews of this book, I bet you have never worked in a competitive market in your life.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to reading all of Jen Lancaster's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Boulder, CO, United States 11-12-12
    Patricia Boulder, CO, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    What disappointed you about Bitter Is the New Black?

    Sorry. I don't want to use my valuable reading time listening or reading such snarky content. The world is cynical enough. To be fair, I didn't listen to the full book. I had to bail out. I found it too objectionable. I like biting sarcasm and wit as much as the next person - that's why the title caught my eye - but I didn't find this to be anything but annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Lexington, SC, United States 06-12-12
    Michelle Lexington, SC, United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I Enjoyed This Book!"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to this book! The main character evolved into a wonderful mature person by the end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Kansas City, MO, United States 01-31-12
    Ellen Kansas City, MO, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2001
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    "End is better than beginning"
    If you could sum up Bitter Is the New Black in three words, what would they be?

    Post-9/11 Layoff Memoir


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character learns and grows a lot. She realizes her failings and grows up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When someone said


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is great. I thought it was the author narrating. The voice and inflection are just right. The job market is even worse now than it was when this was written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather FORT WAYNE, IN, United States 12-26-11
    Heather FORT WAYNE, IN, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011

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    "It Gets Better"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If I had not already read


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I am not as brave as Jen and would have had to preface the story with a hint that I was no longer the class conscious


    Which character – as performed by Jamie Heinlein – was your favorite?

    Jen herself.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Jen Lancaster’s life?

    She talks a bit about growing up in the mid-west. I'd like to hear more about that.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very happy that Jen is a successful writer and hope she continues to write more books that make us laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Mounds, OK, United States 07-31-11
    Nancy Mounds, OK, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I'd love to meet Jen!"

    Yes, right at first I was not sure I was going to like this book. Jen described herself as the type of person I might have little in common with, but someone I would be really good at imitating to amuse my friends. However, once I got a bit into the book and really started getting to know Jen, well, she's just hysterical and brutally honest. I laughed right out loud (and no, I will NOT use LOL here lest she read this!) and even listened to it twice. What a humbling path she traveled...and she's better for the journey.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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