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It is temping at first but unwise to assume Candace Shapiro is yet another Bridget Jones. Feisty, funny and less self-hating than her predecessor, Cannie is a 28-year-old Philadelphia Examiner reporter preoccupied with her weight and men, but able to see the humor in even the most unpleasant of life's broadsides. Even she is floored, however, when she reads "Good in Bed," a new women's magazine column penned by her ex-boyfriend, pothead grad student Bruce Guberman. Three months earlier, Cannie suggested they take a break apparently, Bruce thought they were through and set about making such proclamations as, "Loving a larger woman is an act of courage in our world." Devastated by this public humiliation, Cannie takes comfort in tequila and her beloved dog, Nifkin. Bruce has let her down like another man in her life: Cannie's sadistic, plastic surgeon father emotionally abused her as a young girl, and eventually abandoned his wife and family, leaving no forwarding address. Cannie's siblings suffer, especially the youngest, Lucy, who has tried everything from phone sex to striptease. Their tough-as-nails mother managed to find love again with a woman, Tanya, the gravel-voiced owner of a two-ton loom. Somehow, Cannie stays strong for family and friends, joining a weight-loss group, selling her screenplay and gaining the maturity to ask for help when she faces something bigger than her fears. Weiner's witty, original, fast-moving debut features a lovable heroine, a solid cast, snappy dialogue and a poignant take on life's priorities. This is a must-read for any woman who struggles with body image, or for anyone who cares about someone who does.
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Weiner's first novel should satisfy readers from older teens and above. Cannie Shapiro is in her late twenties, funny, independent, and a talented reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer. After a "temporary" break-up with her boyfriend of three years, she reads his debut column, "Good in Bed," in the women's magazine Moxie. Titled "Loving a Larger Woman," this very personal piece triggers events that completely transform her and those around her. Cannie's adventures will strike a chord with all young women struggling to find their place in the world, especially those larger than a size eight. Despite some events that stretch credulity and a few unresolved issues at the end, this novel follows the classic format of chasing the wrong man when the right one is there all along. Veteran storyteller Maeve Binchy gave us Bennie in Circle of Friends; now Jennifer Weiner gives us Cannie. Look for more books from Weiner. Rebecca Sturm Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The story was not realistic and I the ending was so blah...I didn't particularly like the author's take on the overweight main character rather than being sarcastic and humorous I... Read morePublished 8 days ago by betty
Any book that can make you laugh, cry, feel empathetic, and every emotion in between and then mark you crave more, is definitely worth reading (sometimes twice !).Published 18 days ago by leah lee
This was a fun and romantic story with some angst, a touchy subject matter, but humor mixed through it all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. J. Powers
I could not put the book down. . .and can't wait to buy every other book she ever wrote and will write.Published 1 month ago by Teresa Wagner
Did not like it and when I got to the part she was thinking of killing herself. that did it for me. Theres too much sorrow in this world give me a book that can make me laugh.Published 1 month ago by Anita holyoak
I loved this book. I found the characters to be both believable and likable, flaws and all. I think the flaws we see in each one makes them all more real. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vicki Newberry
Looking for a new author I came across Weiner. She has a great way of writing and I loved following Cannies life.Published 1 month ago by L. Ritter