Jen Lancaster

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General Information

Name: Jen Lancaster

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: 1967 in New York





Illinois Connection

Lancaster has lived in Chicago and now resides in the suburb of Lake Forest.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jen Lancaster grew up in Indiana and is an alumna of Purdue University. She was an associate vice president for a technology company prior to being laid off after September 11, 2001. Soon after, Lancaster launched a website detailing her descent from designer clothing and spa visits to the unemployment line on her blog Her book, The Tao of Martha, has been optioned for a sitcom by FOX.

Published Works

  • Bitter Is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered, Smart-Ass; or, Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office, New American Library, 2006
  • 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?, New American Library, 2007
  • 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, Berkley, 2008
  • Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart Ass Phase, New American Library, 2009
  • If You Were Here: A Novel (Originally published in 2010), New American Library, 2012
  • My Fair Lazy: One Reality Television Addict's Attempt to Discover If Not Being a Dumb Ass Is the New Black, or, a Culture-up Manifesto, New American Library, 2011
  • Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult's Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It's Never Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner, New American Library, 2012
  • Here I Go Again: A Novel, New American Library, 2013
  • The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog, New American Library, 2013
  • Twisted Sisters, New American Library, 2015
  • The Best of Enemies, Berkley, 2015
  • I Regret Nothing, Berkley, 2015
  • By The Numbers, New American Library, 2016
  • Stories I'd Tell in Bars, Independently published, 2017
  • The Gatekeepers, Harlequin Teen, 2017

Titles at Your Library

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

ISBN: 0451217608
Release Date: 2006-03-07

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Pretty in Plaid: A Life, a Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase

ISBN: 0451226801
Release Date: 2009-05-05

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By The Numbers

ISBN: 0451471113
Release Date: 2016-06-21

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The Gatekeepers

ISBN: 0373212615
Release Date: 2017-10-10

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Literary Awards

Here I Go Again

  • Bestseller, New York Times
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, Booklist

I Regret Nothing

  • Best Book of the Year, Amazon

By The Numbers

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)



  • Tiffany Ward, CAA
  • [ Olivia Blaustein], CAA



External Links

Jen Lancaster on WorldCat


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