Wednesday, June 12, 2013

(49)The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster

The Tao of Martha

Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Pages: 352

Man, I needed a good ole fashioned Jen Lancaster memoir on this day where I am spending more time in the bathroom than anywhere else.  Jen Lancaster can inspire from the gut belly laughs in me like no other author can.  Her newest memoir, The Tao of Martha is exactly what you would expect with that kind of title.

Jen (she is my pretend bestie, so I can call her Jen) decides to spend the year trying to emulate the master of all household things, Martha Stewart.  Jen starts with the little things, like organizing her bathroom and then her desk.  She works her way up to organizing the kitchen and goes full on organizing when her and Fletch get sucked in by the National Geographic show, Doomsday Preppers.  She also spends time working on the garden, getting crafty, and preparing world class meals, none of which ever go off without a hitch.  Ever.   Sadly enough, though, in the middle of "the year of Martha", Jen's beloved dog, Maisy, crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  Having been a long time reader of Jen's books, I was very familiar with Maisy and I found myself in tears at her loss and I also contemplated what my life would be like without my Bailey Dog.  Those silly four legged creatures sure do know how to worm their way into our hearts, don't they?  Some people not familiar with Jen Lancaster might question why she would devote so much time in her book to the illness of her dog, but as a devoted fan, I am glad she did.  I am not only a fan of hers, but of the menagerie of pets she calls family.

Even though Jen has started to dip her toes into the fiction waters, it is obvious that her talent lies within the memoir category.  I love to hear how my favorite authors (almost like celebrities to me) are just as normal (okay maybe normal isn't the best word) as me.  I mean when Jen starts talking about specific episodes of Doomsday Preppers, I was like "OMG!  I saw that episode!"  Seriously, I know I should be ashamed to admit I watch that show, but really, shouldn't everyone be a little bit prepared for the zombie apocalypse?

Bottom line, Jen Lancaster is one of those authors that it doesn't matter what she writes I will be first in line to make a purchase.  Fiction, memoirs, or even directions for the toaster, I will buy it, I will read it, and I will laugh out loud, guaranteed.


My anxious life said...

I just put this book on hold at the library yesterday!! I always try to be like Martha myself so I am excited to read it. I never manage to be like Martha but hey.. I try.


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