Book Review: My Fair Lazy

My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black; Or, A Culture-Up ManifestoMy Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict’s Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black; Or, A Culture-Up Manifesto by Jen Lancaster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Fair Lazy, Jen Lancaster’s fifth memoir, is about her attempt to curb her reality TV addiction and learn more about more intellectual cultural pursuits. Her JENaissance includes going to the opera, reading classic literature, trying new foods and learning more about wine.

Reading this book was like catching up with an old friend. I didn’t think this book was as sarcastic and bitingly funny as her first two books but it was still a fun read. Some of the dialogue between Jen and her friends was stilted and sounded more like Jen lecturing her friends on the new things she was learning. That said, it was really interesting learning right along with Jen. After I finished the book I was inspired to learn more about (and drink more!) wine. Which reminds me – do not read this book if you are hungry. Jen tries all kinds of yummy sounding ethic food and her descriptions of it had me craving it. I actually had to order Indian food one night after reading about Jen trying Indian food!

If you haven’t read any of Jen’s previous books, I would recommend starting with Bitter is the New Black and then reading Bright Lights, Big Ass so you can get to know Jen first. I feel like Jen is an old friend of mine and I enjoyed catching up with her through this latest book.

(Like Jen’s other books, this book has a ton of footnotes so I wouldn’t recommend reading it on an e-reader.)

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