Hungry Heart

Hungry Heart

Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing

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No matter what was happening in Jennifer Weiner's life--whether good, bad, or very, very ugly--her mother, Fran, would say the same thing: it's all material.Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author and "one of the biggest names in popular fiction" (USA TODAY), beloved on Twitter and hailed as "an unlikely feminist enforcer" (The New Yorker), takes the raw stuff of her personal life and spins it into a collection of personal essays as uproariously funny and heartfelt as the best of Tina Fey and Nora Ephron. Jennifer grew up as an outsider in her picturesque Connecticut hometown ("a Lane Bryant outtake in an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue") and at her Ivy League college, but finally found her people in newsrooms in central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, and her voice as a novelist and New York Times columnist. In her first essay collection, no subject is off-limits: sex, weight, envy, money, the reality of life with a newborn, her mom's newfound lesbianism, her estranged father's death (and Weiner's subsequent attempt to get the funeral home to accept her American Express card, because "if at least I get points, something good will have come of this"). From bad blind dates to modern childbirth to handling her six-year-old daughter's use of the f-word-fat-for the first time, Jennifer Weiner goes there, with the wit and candor that have endeared her to readers all over the world. By turns hilarious and deeply touching, this collection shows that the woman behind treasured novels like Good in Bed and Best Friends Forever, is every bit as winning, smart, and honest in real life as she is in her fiction.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2016.
New York : Audioworks, imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781442361461
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (13 hr., 15 min., 43 sec.)) : digital.
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Jul 06, 2018

Didn’t know who she was when I got the audio. (I don’t read fiction)

I really enjoyed the first half of the book even though the only thing we have remotely in common is our age (and being female).

I highly recommend the first half especially if you’re in your 20s.

Second half really slogged. 14 hours is a long book and if this had a better editor and was half the length it would have been fantastic (5 stars).

Side note: her lug of a hubby doesn’t know that when the baby is crying he needs to take the baby out of the auditorium until she settles down. Duh. And oddly, Jenny feels badly that her baby cried thru her speech, but really, that reflects on her hubby and NOT her.

Dec 06, 2016

Jennifer Weiner, author of Good in Bed and In Her Shoes, shares her life experiences and beliefs in this collection of essays. She talks about her life before and after her father abandoned his wife and 4 children, being a "large girl" in a thin world, and finding her voice through writing as a reporter, columnist, and novelist. Weiner also takes on the literary world with her Jonathan Franzen controversy and the debate between literature (usually written by a male) and commercial fiction (usually written by a female). Along the way you meet her mother, siblings, two husbands, daughters, and pets. A memoir that reads as smoothly as her fiction.


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