Loving ‘Such a Pretty Fat’

Here’s what I’m supposed to read for book club: Color of Water by James McBride. I was on my way to Books-A-Million to buy the book – last minute of course – because I’m heading out on my annual beach trip and it is the only time all year I will be able to read a complete chapter much less a page of any book. (I fear my book club knows I’ve come to most meetings having either not finished the book selection or, in some cases, even bought the book.) It’s not like chasing an overactive 5-year-old and serving as my darling husband’s personal secretary and being the home’s executive chef offers much free time.

Just moments before I was able to escape the house – leaving Rick and Truman vegging in front of The Sandlot – I got an e-mail from Wendi telling me I HAD to see this YouTube video, which I did. I knew right then I had found my female soul mate. I’ve never met Jen Lancaster, but I am so in tune with that woman, we even share a name.


Jen’s pushing her new book, Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer and my respect for her goes beyond appreciating that she’s larger than me (I like most people who are), but she has such a pleasant way of laughing at herself that makes me feel – dare I write the word – normal.

pretty-fat-2So instead of grabbing Color of Water, like a responsible person would, I nabbed all of Jen Landcaster’s books I could get my hands on – Such a Pretty Fat (mentioned earlier); 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; Bright Lights, Big Ass: A Self-Indulgent, Surly, Ex-Sorority Girl’s Guide to Why it Often Sucks in the City, or Who are These Idiots and Why Do They All Live Next Door to Me?; and Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egoman… Self-Centered Smart Ass Phase.

With any luck, I’ll actually finish a book. And then I’ll tell you if I still love Jen. But if I don’t even crack a cover, it doesn’t really matter. Because I’ll be living the laid-back easy life at the beach with my best gal pals … at least until Sunday.

Bon voyage! (God, that literally means “Good Journey” in French!)

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