December 5, 2013
The Tao of Martha
"Yet my dirty little secret is that the place seems immaculate because I shove everything into cabinets, drawers, and closets to keep it looking that way." ~ pg. 12
The once bitter, pretty fat, lazy Jen shares another journey of her life with readers in new memoir The Tao of Martha. She challenges herself to a yearlong quest of living life according to the advice of Martha Stewart.
Sound boring? Did you crack a smile? Does the summary sound the least bit funny? I have been a fan of Jen Lancaster since the very beginning. I love her stories of self-improvement. But this new release of organization=happiness missed the mark. It is missing the famous footnotes that have become Jen's writing style. It is not as witty. It was difficult for me to finish reading because all the while it gave the vibe, "I'm writing this book to fulfill a publishing obligation."
The Tao of Martha is my least liked memoir of Jen Lancaster's. Ordinary essays replaced the usual funny anecdotes. Maybe it was because I do not relate to Martha Stewart and believe she is over-hyped; therefore, I did not understand Jen's fascination with emulating Martha's lifestyle. The Drawer of Shame, I get. Amen, sister! But taking up boring-ass hobbies like knitting? No, thanks.
Title: The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING, or Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog
Author: Jen Lancaster
Published: June 2013