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Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless

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Based on the belief that there's more to women's lives than just getting a date, Gilman's stories tell of struggling to get a life and a clue — and engaging in some spectacularly demented behavior along the way. Whether she's an uncool white kid in a tough Puerto Rican neighborhood twirling around in her tutu, a teenager chasing rock stars, an ambitious cub reporter realizing there's more to the world than her own navel, or a feminist bride-to-be unexpectedly finding nirvana in David's Bridal Salon, Gilman's memoir is so engaging it reads like the very best fiction. At turns heartbreaking, insightful, and screamingly funny, it uniquely chronicles a generation — and heralds a talented writer of note.

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"Gilman's memoir of growing up on Manhattan's upper Upper West Side in the '70s starts slowly but gathers momentum. Readers who find themselves drifting during Gilman's reveries on lying during show-and-tell will find themselves pleasantly riveted by the time she's getting in touch with her roots as a reporter for the Jewish Week. Gilman, author of 2001's Kiss My Tiara, a women's self-help guide, makes common scenarios fresh with humor and wry social commentary; on the first day of school, she quickly learns 'boys might be fighters, but girls could be terrorists.' Gilman's ear for dialogue is dead-on. When her brother asks their dad why their Jewish family celebrates Christmas, she doesn't miss a beat: ' 'Because your grandmother's a Communist and your mother loves parties,' said my father. 'Now eat your supper.' ' These one-liners don't detract, however, from a serious and moving look at one family's efforts to keep itself intact through divorce and other life challenges. After her parents separate, Gilman, then in her mid-20s, fears she and her brother had spent their childhoods in happy oblivion while their parents were 'spellbound with misery.' Probably not: Gilman's recollections of moving bumpily toward adulthood are keenly observant. She's nicely made the leap from self-help to narrative nonfiction. Agent, Irene Skolnick." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Hilarious, assured, and moving, these are wildly entertaining stories that readers will want to share instantly with friends." Gillian Engberg, Booklist

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"A deliriously, levitatingly funny memoir....It's no great revelation that 'all of us could use a good laugh these days,' but this author delivers more than just one, and that makes her special." Kirkus Reviews

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From the author of Kiss My Tiara comes a funny and poignant collection of true stories about women coming of age that for once isn't about finding a date.

Synopsis:

In Such a Pretty Fat, Jen Lancaster learned how to come to terms with her body. In My Fair Lazy, she expanded her mind. Now the New York Times bestselling author gives herself—and her generation—a kick in the X, by facing her greatest challenge to date: acting her age.

Jen is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace the investment-making, mortgage-carrying, life-insurance-having adult she’s become. From getting a mammogram to volunteering at a halfway house, she tackles the grown-up activities she’s resisted for years, and with each rite of passage she completes, she’ll uncover a valuable—if probably humiliating—life lesson that will ease her path to full-fledged, if reluctant, adulthood.

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Michael Morrisey, April 7, 2008 (view all comments by Michael Morrisey)
This book is hilarious. I highly recommend it. I haven't rolled around laughing since I read David Sedaris.
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Liz, September 4, 2006 (view all comments by Liz)
My friend demanded, "buy this!" and I'm glad I complied. This book has made the rounds of my not quite old enough to be gen-x friends and family and we have each found truth and forgotten (suppressed?) memories in its pages.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446679497
Author:
Gilman, Susan Jane
Publisher:
Warner Books (NY)
Author:
Lancaster, Jen
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Regional Subjects - MidAtlantic
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Geneva
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
no. 32/2002
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.15x5.30x.98 in. .67 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Gilman's memoir of growing up on Manhattan's upper Upper West Side in the '70s starts slowly but gathers momentum. Readers who find themselves drifting during Gilman's reveries on lying during show-and-tell will find themselves pleasantly riveted by the time she's getting in touch with her roots as a reporter for the Jewish Week. Gilman, author of 2001's Kiss My Tiara, a women's self-help guide, makes common scenarios fresh with humor and wry social commentary; on the first day of school, she quickly learns 'boys might be fighters, but girls could be terrorists.' Gilman's ear for dialogue is dead-on. When her brother asks their dad why their Jewish family celebrates Christmas, she doesn't miss a beat: ' 'Because your grandmother's a Communist and your mother loves parties,' said my father. 'Now eat your supper.' ' These one-liners don't detract, however, from a serious and moving look at one family's efforts to keep itself intact through divorce and other life challenges. After her parents separate, Gilman, then in her mid-20s, fears she and her brother had spent their childhoods in happy oblivion while their parents were 'spellbound with misery.' Probably not: Gilman's recollections of moving bumpily toward adulthood are keenly observant. She's nicely made the leap from self-help to narrative nonfiction. Agent, Irene Skolnick." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Hilarious, assured, and moving, these are wildly entertaining stories that readers will want to share instantly with friends."
"Review" by , "A deliriously, levitatingly funny memoir....It's no great revelation that 'all of us could use a good laugh these days,' but this author delivers more than just one, and that makes her special."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of Kiss My Tiara comes a funny and poignant collection of true stories about women coming of age that for once isn't about finding a date.
"Synopsis" by ,
In Such a Pretty Fat, Jen Lancaster learned how to come to terms with her body. In My Fair Lazy, she expanded her mind. Now the New York Times bestselling author gives herself—and her generation—a kick in the X, by facing her greatest challenge to date: acting her age.

Jen is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace the investment-making, mortgage-carrying, life-insurance-having adult she’s become. From getting a mammogram to volunteering at a halfway house, she tackles the grown-up activities she’s resisted for years, and with each rite of passage she completes, she’ll uncover a valuable—if probably humiliating—life lesson that will ease her path to full-fledged, if reluctant, adulthood.

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