“Wildly Popular...”Weiner’s wildly popular debut is an empowering, electric story of finding inner peace in an often chaotic, superficial world.
Cannie Shapiro never wanted to be famous. The smart, sharp, plus-sized pop culture reporter was perfectly content writing about other people's lives on the pages of the Philadelphia Examiner. But the day she opens up a national women's magazine to find out that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their ex-sex life is the day her life changes forever.
Loving a larger woman is an act of courage in our world, Bruce has written. And Cannie -- who never knew that Bruce saw her as a "larger woman," or thought that loving her was an act of courage -- is plunged into misery, and into the most amazing year of her life.
For the previous twenty-eight years, things had been tripping along nicely for Cannie. Sure, her mother's come charging out of the closet, and her father's long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her job, her friends, her tiny rat terrier, Nifkin, and her life in Philadelphia. She loves her apartment, and her commodious, quilt-lined bed. She has made a tenuous peace with her non-size 6 body. And she'd even felt okay about ending her relationship with Bruce. But now this.
After finding herself publicly humiliated, with the most intimate details of her life in print, Cannie embarks on a series of hilarious and heartbreaking adventures. From showdowns with her snooping office nemesis to run-ins with her mother's less-than-lovable life partner, from trips to the glamour spots of New York City and Los Angeles to a disastrous reconciliation with the man who took her heart and tossed it onto the New Jersey Turnpike, Cannie navigates an odyssey she never planned on taking. She mourns her losses, faces the past, and figures out who she really is, and who she can become.
Radiant with wit, bursting with surprises, and written with bite and bittersweet humor, Jennifer Weiner's deliciously readable debut novel reaches beyond Cannie's story and into the heart of every woman. It features an unbelievably funny cast of supporting characters, the strangest dog you'll ever encounter, and, best of all, Cannie Shapiro -- a heroine you'll never forget.
Topics: Duology, Series, First in a Series, Debut, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, First Person Narration, Body Image, Sex, Writing, Breakups, Weight Loss, Dogs, Female Protagonist, Writers, Pregnancy, Screenwriting, Sisters, Funny, and Poignant
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I thought "Good In Bed" was wonderful, I really empathised with Connie and got completely swept away by her story. I laughed, I got angry at other characters and I cried throughout the course of the book. Great stuff!more
Wow I,ve just finished reading this book and with regret that is.
I really loved reading this book and did not expect that at all.I thought it would be a "trying very hard to be funny book" It was an emotional book. I have been laughing but also on the verge of tears on the last 2 chapters.
Update February 28-2010.
I finished this book last night and yes I must admit I would not give this book 5 stars now. 4 stars would be better. Really still liked it but I have become more critical because I've read so many good books in the last couple of years. It was still a fun read but also sometimes very unbelievable.Planning to watch the movie some time. Really curious about the sequel.more
Also, I learnt that one should be thankful of shitty books since they help you appreciate some such writing that you had always deemed 'easy'. :)more