Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomanical, Self-centred Smartass, Or, why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office : a Memoir

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Hachette Australia, 2006 - Job hunting - 400 pages
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In BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK, Jen Lancaster explores what it's like to go from having a household income of almost a quarter of a million dollars to being evicted from a slum in less than two years. In the heady days of dot-com fortunes, Lancaster lived the high life to a fault - she had the perfect man, professional success, designer clothing specially selected by personal shoppers, standing reservations at the most premium tables in the most fashionable restaurants, and a luxurious penthouse loft in the Chicago's trendiest neighborhood - but after the bubble burst she found herself unemployed and unemployable. This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment cheques and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good. Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it's a rollicking read as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.

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Lancaster, Jen Bitter is the New Black Nonfiction Being a memoir written by a survivor of the dot.com crash which in itself contains enough material to be a superficial kind of hysterical, I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - she_climber - LibraryThing

Chic Lit is not my normal genre but this was recommended and I was in the mood for something different. At first I hated Jen and I coudn't imagine spending hours with her during this book (I missed ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Jen Lancaster was born in November 1967. After graduating with a B. A. in political science, she worked for an HMO and then at a technology company. In December 2002, after being unemployed for over a year, she launched a website to air her frustrations about unemployment and it gained popularity quickly. Her first book, Bitter Is the New Black, was published in 2005. Her other works include Bright Lights, Big Ass; Such a Pretty Fat; Pretty in Plaid; My Fair Lazy; Jeneration X; If You Were Here, and the Tao of Martha.

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