The Starving Bibliophile

Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).

My Fair Lazy: Memoir Book Review

Summary: Readers have followed Jen Lancaster through job loss, sucky city living, weight loss attempts, and 1980s nostalgia. Now Jen chronicles her efforts to achieve cultural enlightenment, with some hilarious missteps and genuine moments of inspiration along the way. And she does so by any means necessary: reading canonical literature, viewing classic films, attending the opera, researching artisan cheeses, and even enrolling in etiquette classes to improve her social graces. In Jen’s corner is a crack team of experts, including Page Six socialites, gourmet chefs, an opera aficionado, and a master sommelier. She may discover that well-regarded, high-priced stinky cheese tastes exactly as bad as it smells, and that her love for Kraft American Singles is forever. But one thing’s for certain: Eliza Doolittle‘s got nothing on Jen Lancaster-and failure is an option.

Jen Lancaster is what got me into memoirs. If it was written by her, you can bet that I’ll read it. And I don’t have a favorite. I probably never will because they’re all so great. The thing about Jen Lancaster is that she’s sarcastic, inappropriate, and downright mean. But you totally want to be best friends with her. She has such a pizzazz that you can’t help but fall in love with her. She makes mistakes. She says the wrong things. She’s human. In this book, My Fair Lazy, she realizes that she could stand to culture-up some. She knows that knowing what happened on the latest episode of The Real Housewives or Gossip Girl probably isn’t enough to hold a conversation with anyone, especially when her friends want to (unwillingly) take her to classy parties. She’s tired of experiencing “word vomit” because she doesn’t know how to talk to people. So she’s going to try to fix that. Honestly, don’t read this book on an empty stomach because when she takes you on a tour de cuisine, your stomach will be hurting. But she’ll definitely have you laughing the whole time. By bettering herself, she makes you want to better yourself. And in the end, she does culture-up. Well… a little. Haha.

My Fair Lazy

“I love the French and Italian church paintings from the Middle Ages. But I’m also interested to learn more about who was the first to make the leap from religious art to secular. That couldn’t have been a small feat. Who was brave enough to say, ‘You know what? Enough of Jesus. I’mma paint me this here bowl of fruit and then I’mma paint my girlfriend…naked!’”
—Jen Lancaster


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