The Tao of Martha

The Tao of Martha

My Year of LIVING, or Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog

Book - 2013
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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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Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2013
ISBN: 9780451417633
Branch Call Number: 921 LAN
Characteristics: viii, 335 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm

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jenniferrabbit
Sep 10, 2016

Ha! My first exposure to Jenn - I snorted, giggled and laughed, and totally related to her attempts to class-up her housekeeping and entertaining. This is just like the hilarious Peg Bracken and Jean Kerr columns in Good Housekeeping and McCalls, back in the 50s, but with naughty words and scatalogical references. A winner!

jeanner222 Feb 14, 2014

In her latest memoir, Lancaster tackles Martha Stewart. More specifically, Jen tries to incorporate more Martha Stewart in her life, particularly in the area of organization.

For me, the highlights include:

• Jen blowing out the insides of eggs for Easter (been there, done that after watching Martha’s show),
• Jen struggling to cover her duvet (been there, done that with Sterling), and
• Jen adopting two difficult cats (just adopted my own “level 2” shelter cat).

Here’s why I love this latest offering from Lancaster: it is very relatable. I could not believe that her experiences mirror some of mine. I haven’t identified with her so much since Such a Pretty Fat.

Here’s what I didn’t love so much: this was not a typical memoir from Jen. Where are the footnotes? Where is the filthy/funny language? I missed both. I’d call it Lancaster-lite.

If you like Jen Lancaster’s writing, no matter what the topic is, read this. If you’ve ever tried to channel Martha Stewart in your life, you’ll enjoy this. If you like Jen’s filthy language and sometimes offensive attitudes, skip this one.

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rbeckbro
Dec 11, 2013

A funny, heart-warming saga of one woman's quest to follow in the housekeeping maven's footsteps. Highly recommended.

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bookpusher
Aug 16, 2013

Not her funniest, and I thought it would be more about Martha, but I still laughed a lot and enjoyed it. Can't wait for another!!

LocketLibrarian Jun 29, 2013

Bitingly funny. We love Jen Lancaster.

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j_harp
Jul 01, 2013

I would rather receive a pap smear from Captain Hook than venture out on New Year's Eve.

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