I’ve been catching up on my reading lately and get such a kick out of this lady that I thought I needed to spread the love and let everyone else know they should read her.
Her blog is here and you can get a taste of her for free before throwing down the $14 for each of the following books that I demand you buy immediately.
First up, Bitter is the New Black, Lancaster’s first memoir about losing her job, apartment, and all her money but finding her true calling. Oh, and she is bitter. And she cusses. A lot. I like her.
Next up is Bright Lights, Big Ass about city dwelling and all her crazy neighbors (but none are as crazy as her, go figure). I enjoyed reading these stories while snug in my safe bed in my non-city dwelling. It made me feel smug and superior.
These last two I’m pushing were some of my Christmas presents from my parents. My mom expressed desire to borrow them when I was done because hearing my explanation piqued her interests. Bad idea. My mom couldn’t get through Julie and Julia (the book about the cooking people) because of the language and I couldn’t find that many curse words in it. She would literally die while reading this. And if my childhood is any indication, she’d probably come over to my house and wash my mouth out with soap for reading these books. I give you Such a Pretty Fat…
While Lancaster drops the F bomb without regard, she can not and will not talk about anything sexual. She even spells it out instead of just writing the word (example: S-E-X instead of sex). So my mom would like that part. In high school my friends and I would moon my mom just to hear her scream. That reminds me how fun that was…might start that game up again.
Finally, Pretty in Plaid about her fashion choices from childhood until now. While I grew up in the generation after Lancaster and am not drawn to Lacoste shirts like she is, I enjoy her stories. Especially the ones from Girl Scouts because I thought I was the worst Girl Scout of all time. I was wrong.
I can, with total confidence, recommend those books to you. You will not be disappointed. She does have one more book out (My Fair Lazy) but I haven’t read it yet so I cannot give my professional opinion at this time. It could be a dud…you never know.
Okay, now go and buy the books. All of them.