One would think that with Jen Lancaster’s impressive list of best-selling self-improvement memoirs - Bitter Is the New Black; Bright Lights, Big Ass; Such a Pretty Fat; Pretty in Plaid; My Fair Lazy; and Jeneration X - that she would have it all together by now.
One would be wrong.
Jen’s still a little rough around the edges. Suffice it to say, she’s no Martha Stewart. And that is exactly why Jen is going to Martha up and live her life according to the advice of America’s overachieving older sister - the woman who turns lemons into lavender-infused lemonade.
By immersing herself in Martha’s media empire, Jen will embark on a yearlong quest to take herself, her house, her husband (and maybe even her pets) to the next level - from closet organization to craft making, from party planning to kitchen prep.
Maybe Jen can go four days without giving herself food poisoning if she follows Martha’s dictates on proper storage.... Maybe she can grow closer to her girlfriends by taking up their boring-ass hobbies like knitting and sewing.... Maybe she can finally rid her workout clothes of meatball stains by using Martha’s laundry tips.... Maybe she can create a more meaningful anniversary celebration than just getting drunk in the pool with her husband.... again. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll discover that the key to happiness does, in fact, lie in Martha’s perfectly arranged cupboards and artfully displayed charcuterie platters.
Or maybe not.
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I have been a fan of Jen Lancaster for years and enjoyed her body of work as a whole immensely. She speaks to many of the same experiences and lessons and mistakes so many women of our generation are having. I love her sarcastic wit and ability to winnow out the absurd in the midst of the seemingly ordinary.
The Tao of Martha isn't as light as her previous work and with good reason....she was facing the serious illness and impending loss of her beloved dog, Maisie. The cloud of heartbreak is felt ever so slightly throughout this book....at least for those of us who both have dogs we've loved that much and who read the early books and know how important Maisie was. However, I am glad to have been along with Jen & Fletch for this step, glitter and all and have now pre-ordered the Audio version of "I Regret Nothing".
Being a JL fan, I regret to admit that I fell off the boat and was behind in buying her audiobooks. I reciting idea it and began with this one which is classic Jen. I howled laughing and I cried listening to this. Being a mommy to feline furbabies, I could so relate to several chapters in her book. The struggle is real, y'all. Very entertaining and a hilarious read/listen. Maxie's Tao is my new mantra. I need it on a t-shirt.
Loved that Jen read Her own story which had so many recognizable situations from my own world. She makes me laugh. We need more laughter and honesty.
I have laughed and cried a little listening to this book! Absolutely related to it on so many levels! Can't wait to get another of Jen's books!!!
I'm so disappointed, maybe because I've always enjoyed this author's books, but not this one. Her voice is pretty annoying to listen to for more than just a few minutes at a time. I regret wasting a credit on this one.
Someone who enjoys hearing the author whine about her life, knock Halloween, and curse in odd places will like this book.
I'm looking forward to something that will take me somewhere I haven't been, teach me something or make me laugh out loud. I'm going to listen to Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg.
First of all, it was not funny and that was my expectation, I thought I'd be LOLling at least a few times. It was like listening to someone that annoyed you, I was going stop reading it at the 2nd chapter but the book was chosen by a book club friend who is younger than me so I thought I should plug along, stick with it and see what happens. Tell the book club members later what I thought..How can I put this nicely? There are so many other books I should have listened to instead........
Jen Lancaster's book inspired me to write my own book. That is the best thing about this book.
Another book club member shared my feelings about this book, now I feel like I should have stopped my friends before they wasted their money on this book. No one is rushing to talk about it, we haven't had a gathering yet. This is the first time that I feel like asking for my credit back......I wonder if Lancaster's other books are worthwhile but I'm not going to waste my time.
Maybe, I've loved her past "bio" type books.
This was the least enjoyable of her non fiction, blog type books. She had some funny parts but didn't perform them to portray the comedy.
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