Book Review: My Fair Lazy

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ever had a friend who would blurt out all the wrong things at the all the wrong times and yet was always funny in a screwball sort of way? That describes the wacky vibe and self-deprecating tone of Jen Lancaster’s new memoir, My Fair Lazy.

In her amusing fifth book, titled 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 Manifesto, Lancaster decides to put down the remote on reality TV and focus on “an emergency cultural makeover,” or as she alternately calls it, “a Jenaissance.”

This true story begins when Lancaster meets her idol and fellow writer, Candace Bushnell, of Sex and the City fame. In a conversation between the two, Lancaster realizes she embarrassingly doesn’t have much to discuss past the latest episode of The Bachelor.

As the pages turn and Lancaster’s fast-food, couch-potato, trash-TV lifestyle painfully blossoms into a cosmopolitan success, she discovers new restaurants, enjoys fine wines, goes to live theater, takes in various music forms and eclectic art styles, and even reads classic literature.

Many of the funniest parts of this book were in the zinger footnotes, and while reading through several sections, you are likely to snicker. Lancaster’s writing style is easy going and easy to read (although it can be a little in-your-face at times), and in the end, she manages to broaden her horizons without losing her true self. This is obvious in her encounter with Alec Baldwin at the end of the story.

If you are in the mood to read something light with a humorous spin, My Fair Lazy is most definitely a book to consider!

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Jen Lancaster is a Chicago-based columnist, blogger, and writer whose other books include:

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Amy Morris

Amy Morris is a technical assistant at the Westport Branch. She earned a B.A. in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, from Avila University. Besides reading and writing, Amy enjoys traveling, art, being creative, and spending time with her family.