The Tao of Martha

The Tao of Martha

My Year of LIVING, or Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog

Book - 2013
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Recounts the author's search for domestic bliss as she embraces the word of Martha Stewart and attempts to follow her in all things, from closet organization to stain removal, with laughably disastrous results.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780451417633
Characteristics: viii, 335 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.


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Sep 10, 2016

Ha! My first exposure to Jenn - I snorted, giggled and laughed, and totally related to her attempts to class-up her housekeeping and entertaining. This is just like the hilarious Peg Bracken and Jean Kerr columns in Good Housekeeping and McCalls, back in the 50s, but with naughty words and scatalogical references. A winner!

jeanner222 Feb 14, 2014

In her latest memoir, Lancaster tackles Martha Stewart. More specifically, Jen tries to incorporate more Martha Stewart in her life, particularly in the area of organization.

For me, the highlights include:

• Jen blowing out the insides of eggs for Easter (been there, done that after watching Martha’s show),
• Jen struggling to cover her duvet (been there, done that with Sterling), and
• Jen adopting two difficult cats (just adopted my own “level 2” shelter cat).

Here’s why I love this latest offering from Lancaster: it is very relatable. I could not believe that her experiences mirror some of mine. I haven’t identified with her so much since Such a Pretty Fat.

Here’s what I didn’t love so much: this was not a typical memoir from Jen. Where are the footnotes? Where is the filthy/funny language? I missed both. I’d call it Lancaster-lite.

If you like Jen Lancaster’s writing, no matter what the topic is, read this. If you’ve ever tried to channel Martha Stewart in your life, you’ll enjoy this. If you like Jen’s filthy language and sometimes offensive attitudes, skip this one.

Dec 11, 2013

A funny, heart-warming saga of one woman's quest to follow in the housekeeping maven's footsteps. Highly recommended.

Aug 16, 2013

Not her funniest, and I thought it would be more about Martha, but I still laughed a lot and enjoyed it. Can't wait for another!!

LocketLibrarian Jun 29, 2013

Bitingly funny. We love Jen Lancaster.


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Jul 01, 2013

I would rather receive a pap smear from Captain Hook than venture out on New Year's Eve.

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