Jen Lancaster’s memoir, 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 (NAL/Penguin Group. 2006), is a bright, eye-opening, and witty account of how one’s attitude changes when their lifestyle is suddenly downgraded from lofty to struggling. It took Lancaster nearly two years to find another job, and learns lessons how not to take anything for granted in the interim.
In early parts of Bitter is the New Black, Lancaster is unlikable; she comes across as mean, spoiled, self-indulgent, and has no problem speaking exactly what she thinks, inappropriate timing or otherwise. Meanwhile, boyfriend Fletch somehow endures her disgraceful behavior, yet stuck by her once hard times appeared on the horizon.
Lancaster learned some hard lessons after losing a high-paying corporate job, such as gaining respect for those with“less desirable” employment and curbing excessive spending, yet never lost her biting humor in the process. Without giving away in-depth details, a Las Vegas wedding happening at the same time a porn convention was in town is absolutely hilarious.
Bitter is the New Black is fun, creative, and inspiring while reminding readers not to take things for granted. It is indeed a sublime book and I look forward to reading similar work.
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