Picks and Pans Review: Pretty in Plaid

updated 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/15/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Jen Lancaster |

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After three laugh-out-loud memoirs chronicling her adult adventures in unemployment, city living and weight loss, Lancaster looks back at the poignant moments of her youth—and what she was wearing while living them. The result is a hilarious tribute to her early fashion obsessions, from a fully adorned Girl Scout sash ("I'm in it for the badges, not some arcane code of ethics") to her first brand-name bag, "Liz" (as in Claiborne). A treat for fans and new readers alike, Plaid is like that dreamy pair of heels that are somehow both comfy and chic. It's familiar—there's no shortage of the author's signature acerbic wit—while still totally fresh.

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