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Publisher's Summary

A Wall Street Journal bestseller.

New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster is here to help you chill the hell out.

When did USA become shorthand for the United States of Anxiety? From the moment Americans wake up, we’re bombarded with all-new terrifying news about crime, the environment, politics, and stroke-inducing foods we’ve been enjoying for years. We’re judged by social media’s faceless masses, pressured into maintaining a Pinterest-perfect home, and expected to base our self-worth on retweets, faves, likes, and followers. Our collective FOMO, and the disparity between the ideal and reality, is leading us to spend more and feel worse. No wonder we’re getting twitchy. Save for an Independence Day-style alien invasion, how do we begin to escape from the stressors that make up our days?

Jen Lancaster is here to take a hard look at our elevating anxieties, and with self-deprecating wit and levelheaded wisdom, she charts a path out of the quagmire that keeps us frightened of the future and ashamed of our imperfectly perfect human lives. Take a deep breath, and her advice, and you just might get through a holiday dinner without wanting to disown your uncle.

©2020 Jen Lancaster (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“As Lancaster is narrating her own work, we get the perfect tone for her often sarcastic comments and observations. Her personal delivery brings so much more to the text and makes for a delightful listening experience that will leave listeners laughing, despite feelings of unease.” --AudioFile Magazine

“Lancaster humorously considers the role of anxiety in American life in a delightful and perceptive book packed with tips on how to relax. Lancaster is very funny, and her insightful, always entertaining critique may motivate readers to back away from social media.” --Publishers Weekly

“Armed with wit and insight, [Lancaster] plots a simple, easy-to-follow course to navigate our anxieties and better manage our levels of stress…this is sound advice we all should heed.” --Kirkus Reviews 

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  • shelly
  • 2020-11-03

Not relatable

The title is misleading. This book is about the author and her personal struggles with her own anxiety. I didn't find her stories entertaining or relatable. She makes the same point over and over again going no where with the plot.

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  • Maggie60654
  • 2020-10-17

Aptly Titled

I am a HUGE fan of Jen and her work. I have read every book she’s written, and loved them all. But this one felt like I was being held hostage in a college lecture hall and the prof made us stay late. Way late.
This is chock full of factoids and random data, all interesting, albeit in smaller doses.
Jen’s trademark voice came through, but even when I wanted to laugh out loud at her sarcastic wit, it felt ill-timed and awkward.
I’m now more anxious than ever pursuant to feeling conflicted — I so wanted to love this book. Alas, not so much. On the bright side, I am glad to support a writer I adore and still consider myself a Jen fan for life!

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  • Karen
  • 2020-10-05

Jen hire a narrator!

the book is mediocre at best. not at all the funny book I was hoping for. while I live Jen, this book just falls flat and comes off as whiney.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-17

So bummed I didn’t love it

During these crazy times I could’ve really used a straight up funny book from Jen and while this had some LOL parts, it was a bit heavy. Some of the topics were some thing that if I really wanted to dig into I would read articles or a book from an expert in that given field. I just felt that this was a bit too “researchy”for me.

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  • Inappropriate74
  • 2020-10-02

A departure from her usual work but still enjoyable

This isn’t her usual self depreciating memoir but there are funny moments all the same. This book is thought provoking and I’ll most likely listen to it again soon.

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  • James Scott
  • 2021-03-21

White woman privilege: The book

Author opens with a rant about how a fear of getting "canceled" on social media, avocado toast, and vegans who talk too much about being vegan. Add in some snarky comments about how people are "afraid" of eating peanut butter, and you have pretty much every boomers in the Christmas rant about Millennials condensed into one book. Some of the tips for managing anxiety might be helpful, but the toxic attitude of the author taints it, and the spoiled tone seeps through enough to be more exhausting than helpful.

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  • David King
  • 2020-11-10

Over the top

This book and the narrator’s voice was overly snarky. Not what I expected from the description.

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  • Linda L. Erbacher
  • 2020-10-12

humorous observations

Starting with Maslow's hierarchy as a guide to help understand the stressors in our lives, the author uses humor to help the reader get a sense of some of the unnecessary stress that we invite in to our lives.

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  • Michael Denton
  • 2021-09-17

Misleading

I didn’t feel a deep connection to this book. The title is misleading. Some of the stories were relatable, however I think some of the points were not inclusive and I didn’t agree with some of her conclusions.

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  • Bree Gale
  • 2021-06-16

Great narration

I have to say I enjoyed and loved this book. Even better was that Jen herself narrated it. Her timing and pauses were spot on. All the life stories were funny or something I experienced in some way. The best part was all the research she must have done and the information she shared. I will keep this in my library and listen again to this fine story/stories. Thanks, Jen, you are a powerhouse of fun and information.