I saw this book in Target one day, and had to read it. It's called, "Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office."
The author is Jen Lancaster and it's her memoir. I swear this book is my memoir too. One of my favorite quotes is "So, I'm not a VP anymore and the money isn't huge. However, it will allow me to buy groceries and antidepressants, so I'm pretty damn thankful."
The book starts out with her earning a six figure salary, living in an amazing apartment in Chicago with her boyfriend. She gets regularly scheduled mani/pedi's, hair cut/colored, she's a fashionista who owns Prada, Kate Spade and her favorite perfume is Dior. She gets fired due to a merger and is unemployed for over a year. In that years time, her now husband gets laid off. She decides to volunteer in an adoption center for animals (I did that too), and ends up adopting two dogs. She applies to hundreds of different jobs, she temps she makes cold calls. This woman is determined to find a job. After her husband gets laid off they decide to downgrade into a cheaper apartment ($1600/month). She is continually told she's over qualified or not qualified enough because with her VP experience, how does that make her qualified to work at Pottery Barn? She starts up her own website, which by the way, makes her lose a job because the company didn't agree with her sense of humor. She gets support emails and she also gets hate mail. Her responses to the hate mail is beyond hilarious and some of her cover letters are priceless. Like I said, a great read. I am about 75 pages from finishing so I'll let you know how it ends.
July 16, 2010
I finished reading the book last night. She ended up being without a job for two years. Her husband got a job right when they were about to get evicted from their apartment (and, were going to be moving home with her Mom). She did get an interview from a company she had pursued at some point in those two years. She got the job, however, she turned it down. She, obviously, is now a writer and still has her Jennsylvania blog.
Again, great book. A must read!