The subtitle of this memoir is “One Reality Television Addict’s Attempt to Discover If Not Being A Dumb Ass Is the New Black; Or, A Culture-Up Manifesto”, which sums up the content pretty well. Lancaster, who also wrote Bitter is the New Black, Such a Pretty Fat, Bright Lights, Big Ass, and Pretty in Plaid, is addicted to reality TV. This book chronicles her efforts, mostly successful, to broaden her cultural horizons to include entertainment that isn’t on MTV or Bravo.
I thought the book was hilarious, although I have a feeling I’d find the author fairly annoying in real life. She does a great job of poking fun at herself as she tries new ethic foods and joins her friend Stacy at the theater. She also writes about her day to day life in Chicago, which includes her dogs and her trio of feral adopted cats (collectively known as The Thundercats, with good reason). Highly recommended for an entertaining poolside read. It’s the perfect beach book.