Anna Lefler

THE CHICKTIONARY: From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know (Adams Media)

You’re all over the definitions of “low lights,” “ruching,” and “tankini.”  But can you spot a “Mrs. Potato Head” when you see one?

That’s where THE CHICKTIONARY comes in. With the help of Anna Lefler and her collection of more than 450 must-know words and phrases, you’ll be in the know when faced with terms like Aberzombie, Bandeau, George Glass, and Puma.

So whether you are dealing with a Residual Girlfriend, a diagnosis of Basset Knees, or the need to go on a Briet, you’ll be prepared for all that comes your way. At the very least, this book will serve as a delightful reminder that everyone has a skeleton in her closet–right next to her fat pants.

Anna Lefler is an award-winning writer and humorist whose work has appeared online at various humor websites including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and FunnyNotSlutty.  She also writes a popular humor blog, Lefler  lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband, their son and daughter, and some judgmental dogs. Click here to view her book trailer.


“Before reading Anna Lefler’s book, I had no idea that the word “herpes-ish” even existed.  Now I can’t stop using it.  This book is guaranteed to be passed around to all your friends.  It’s totally herpes-ish.  But in a good way. ~ Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess and author of the forthcoming Let’s Pretend This Never Happened:  A Mostly True Memoir

Anna Lefler is an American original.  She isn’t merely blazingly smart and achingly funny.  She’s also so utterly sympatico with what women think and how women talk that years from now sociologists will be consulting CHICKtionary as the only true and tested source on the challenging but wholly worthy subject.  The English language has a true friend in Anna.  So, of course, do women.” ~ Beth Kephart, National Book Award Finalist and author of thirteen books, both fiction and non-fiction including, most recently, You Are My Only

“I have to tell you that Anna Lefler’s CHICKtionary is pure genius. I always knew she was funny but the definitions you will find in this must-read guide to the way women speak are sure to make you laugh until you pee.” ~ Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, comedian and author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom

"Sure to make you laugh until you pee."  --Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, comedian and author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I had to Learn as a New Mom