For the perfect summer read, pack Chicagoan Jen Lancaster’s latest memoir, Jeneration X (NAL, $30), in your beach bag. The pages provide a hilarious look at the author (and fellow Gen X-ers) as she attempts to—finally—act her age. A nationwide tour brings Lancaster back to Chicago on Monday, where she’ll be signing copies of the new book at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville (7 PM).
Lancaster’s breakout memoir, Bitter is the New Black, was published in 2006 and instantly became a cult classic. Since then, she has published five other memoirs and one novel. Although each of the memoirs focuses on different issues—money problems, surviving in a big city, her struggle with weight, and in Jeneration X, coming to terms with adulthood, Lancaster’s books chronicle the comical and all-too-relatable misadventures of a young adult living and working in the city. She tackles topics from grief to karma to buying a house by putting her own signature spin on them, and never fails to keep readers laughing while she does it. For even more from this witty writter, check out jennslyvania.com. 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, 630-355-2665