The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING, Or why I'm Never Getting All that Glitter Off of the Dog

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New American Library, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 335 pages
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One would think that with Jen Lancaster’s impressive list of bestselling self-improvement memoirs—Bitter Is the New Black; Bright Lights, Big Ass; Such a Pretty Fat; Pretty in Plaid; My Fair Lazy; and Jeneration X—that she would have it all together by now.

One would be wrong.


Jen’s still a little rough around the edges. Suffice it to say, she’s no Martha Stewart. And that is exactly why Jen is going to Martha up and live her life according to the advice of America’s overachieving older sister—the woman who turns lemons into lavender-infused lemonade.

By immersing herself in Martha’s media empire, Jen will embark on a yearlong quest to take herself, her house, her husband (and maybe even her pets) to the next level—from closet organization to craft making, from party planning to kitchen prep.

Maybe Jen can go four days without giving herself food poisoning if she follows Martha’s dictates on proper storage....Maybe she can grow closer to her girlfriends by taking up their boring-ass hobbies like knitting and sewing.…Maybe she can finally rid her workout clothes of meatball stains by using Martha’s laundry tips.… Maybe she can create a more meaningful anniversary celebration than just getting drunk in the pool with her husband....again. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll discover that the key to happiness does, in fact, lie in Martha’s perfectly arranged cupboards and artfully displayed charcuterie platters.

Or maybe not.

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User Review  - LeslieHurd - LibraryThing

In Jen's latest memoir she relates her attempts to improve her life by following the advice of Martha Stewart, from organizing the junk drawer to cooking, home decorating and making homemade gifts for ... Read full review

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User Review  - mirikayla - LibraryThing

Not bad, but given how long it takes me to finish audiobooks (my commute is just not that long), I wondered several times why I was sticking with it. I'm just not the kind of person to appreciate a ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books. She has appeared on Today, The Joy Behar Show, and NPR's All Things Considered. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their ever-expanding menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

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