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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW

AMAZON

SEPTEMBER

FIRST READS

PICK

Lancaster (Here I Go Again) humorously considers the role of anxiety in American life in a delightful and perceptive book packed with tips on how to relax. Lancaster uses “Maslow’s Hierarchy”—a theory developed by mid-20th-century psychologist Abraham Maslow that identifies critical human needs—as a framework for considering how people’s needs (physiological, safety, social, esteem, self-actualization) are being met today. Lives are more stressful than ever, Lancaster writes, adding: “I’d give anything to go back to the innocence and ease of my 1970s childhood, despite growing up in the golden age of serial killers.” The author shows how distractions (TV, social media) change one’s sense of need and result in stress. The need for shelter, for example, is manipulated by home renovation shows that make one’s own home feel inadequate; the need for financial security is impacted by social media platforms that encourage people to gawk at other people’s wealth; and the need for friendship has been upended by a desire to get likes rather than to be liked. Lancaster recommends forgetting the noise and focusing on what genuinely makes one happy, such as developing a hobby and accepting oneself, flaws and all. Lancaster is very funny, and her insightful, always entertaining critique may motivate readers to back away from social media, if only a little bit. (Sept.)

COMING 10/1/20

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT JEN:

"She's like that friend who always says what you're thinking -

just 1000 times funnier."

- PEOPLE

 

"Scathingly witty and lots of fun."

- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

"If laughter is a great tonic for the spirit, then Jen Lancaster... is a double dose."

- USA TODAY

 

"She's bitchy and sometimes plain old mean, but she's absolutely hilarious."

- CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

 

"Falling somewhere between David Sedaris and Laurie Notaro, Lancaster's goofy charm will no doubt continue to win fans as well as influence the next generation of sardonic,

winning, self-effacing memoirists."

- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

"A great read."

- KIRKUS REVIEWS, STARRED REVIEW

 

"You'll revel in the lessons she gleans from her travails."

- REDBOOK

 

"A bittersweet treat for anyone who's ever survived the big city."

- NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JENNIFER WEINER

 

"Scathingly witty."

- BOSTON HERALD

 

"I was crying with laughter."

- NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JANE GREEN

 

"Charming... winsome, whimsical."

- BOOKLIST 

 

"This fiction debut is more delicious than Jake Ryan leaning over a birthday cake."

- NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR CARRIE RYAN

 

"You'll laugh out loud."

- OK! MAGAZINE

 

"A wicked sense of humor, [Lancaster] adds just the right amount of sweetness

to counteract the bitter."

-THE NEW YORK POST

 

"I couldn't put it down."

- COMEDIAN LISA LAMPANELLI

 

"Chick lit at its best."

- BOOKLIST

 

"A perfect summer read."

- USA TODAY

 

"Light and fun and full of pop culture musings."

- CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

 

"Witty and hilarious."

- PEOPLE (3 1/2 STARS)

 

"Lancaster is in a master class when it comes to infusing books with wit and charm."

- NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR SARAH PEKKANEN

 

"A genius at fiction."

- NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR BETH HARBISON

 

 

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