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If there was a Reader's Anonymous, my family would probably have shunted me off into rehab already.

Bitter is the New Black : Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass,Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office

Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office - Jen Lancaster Oh, how I identified with this book. Although I was recently unemployed by choice, due to a move, and not laid off like Lancaster, I really read this at just the right time for it to resonate with me. Lancaster is a young wealthy salesperson in Chicago right before 9/11 when her company merges with another and lays off several people. Later, during the recession, Lancaster's boyfriend/husband loses his job as well. This could have just been another memoir about rough economic times, except for the fact that Lancaster is HILARIOUS. Yes, she can be catty, immature, whiny, and downright ridiculous at times, but Lancaster comes across as a genuinely likable person, who, like so many, was unprepared for the rough breaks she caught through no fault of her own. Although this is a book about the LAST recession, I think it's very relevant to people suffering through the CURRENT one. The part where she mentions she had sent out over 800 resumes...darn, I thought my sister's one hundred applications was bad! So read, read, read it if you like your heroines complicated and sassy and your memoirs deliciously bitter.