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  • File Size: 1020 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098290505X
  • Publisher: Diversion Books (December 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003K15N9E
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Hi! I'm the author of the #1 Kindle bestselling novel SLIM TO NONE; the award-winning novel SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER; the It's Reigning Men series, including SOMETHING IN THE HEIR, HEIR TODAY GONE TOMORROW, BAD TO THE THRONE and LOVE IS IN THE HEIR; the memoir WINGING IT: A MEMOIR OF CARING FOR A VENGEFUL PARROT WHO'S DETERMINED TO KILL ME (Simon Spotlight/March 2010), which is now renamed BITE ME: A PARROT, A FAMILY AND A WHOLE LOT OF FLESH WOUNDS and available digitally; ANYWHERE BUT HERE; ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE; and WHERE THE HEART IS; as well as the essay collection NAKED MAN ON MAIN STREET. I also have a short story in Wade Rouse's fabulous anthology of humorous dog stories, I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP featuring authors Jen Lancaster, Rita Mae Brown, Sarah Pekkanen, Wade Rouse and more.

I've had pieces appear in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post and on NPR's Day to Day. I joke that I honed my fiction writing skills while working as a publicist for a US Senator. Other jobs I've held have included: an orthodontic assistant (learning quite readily that I wasn't cut out for a career in polyester), a waitress (probably my highest-paying job), a TV reporter, a pre-obituary writer, and a photographer (once being Prince Charles' photographer in Washington!). I live in Virginia with my husband and a small menagerie; we have three grown children. I love all things Italian, dream of traveling to exotic locales, and feel a bit guilty for rarely attempting to clean the house.

Sign up for my newsletter so you can hear about upcoming releases and get special offers here:http://eepurl.com/baaewn . And I love to hear from readers! Please let me know what you think of what you read at jenny@jennygardiner.net.

Visit me at my website, www.jennygardiner.net; my blog, www.jennygardiner.net/blog/ ; my facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/jennygardinerbooks , or twitter http://twitter.com/jennygardiner

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Spilman on May 28, 2010
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Jenny Gardiner's new novel, Slim to None, starts with a marvelous premise. Abby Jenning's, the food critic for a major New York newspaper, eats her way out of her job. One of the job requirements of reviewing restaurants is to remain incognito. After a photo of her appears in a competing newspaper, and her girth makes the prospect of disguising herself unlikely, her editor reassigns Abby to a desk job for six months. In that time she needs to lose weight, as well as come to terms with her relationship with food, her husband and a family she didn't know existed. She is assisted in her efforts by a homeless man who may not be as he seems, her dog Cognac, and a philandering friend. She must also do battle with a decidedly sneaky and corrupt colleague, who is standing in for her as restaurant reviewer and wants her job on a permanent basis.

The book is very funny, often unexpectedly touching and insightful. It also includes recipes at the end of many of the chapters. Overall it left me hungry for chicken and crab with cheese in phyllo and for more of Jenny Gardner's writing. Jenny Gardiner's Slim to None is simply great fun.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By KD on May 16, 2011
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I bought this book based on reviews and wasn't disappointed. As someone who isn't a twenty-something but still likes "Chick Lit", I appreciated that the main character was a little older and contemplating some major life issues. It's a very entertaining and easy read with more depth/drama (but no tears, promise!) than typical in these types of books. I thought it was a light read that was resolved - but not predictably - at the end. At the same time, there's room for more to come, so I hope the author writes more books in the series! One of the best books in this genre that I've read in a while. (Agreeing with previous reviewers, there are a few minor editing errors; if 4.5 rating was possible, with the 1/2 star reduction based only on this.)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J on October 28, 2010
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Abbie Jennings loves her job as Manhattan's top food critic- until her identity is revealed and her unflattering picture with ever-expanding waistline is splashed across the newspapers. She becomes the joke of the town as the overweight food lover, and promptly loses her job at the New York Post since she can no longer go incognito to restaurants. Abbie takes this opportunity to finally go on that diet and shed some pounds, but struggles with motivation and the reasoning behind her relationship with food. To add to Abbie's problems, she is going through a difficult time with her husband, who is trying to persuade her to leave the city and finally start a family. It takes the guidance of an unusual friend to finally help Abbie see what she really wants out of life.

Slim to None by Jenny Gardiner is a good story. I didn't get real invested in the main character, and some off the story lines seemed just a bit off for me. I did like the plot, and the descriptions of some of the delectable dishes made me start eating while reading, but it just wasn't enough. Sometimes, Abbie's character came off as incredibly selfish, never really listening to her husband and continually doing things the way she wanted. There is also a best friend in the story, who I never could quite figure out what she was doing there. She popped up at random times, and during most of the meat of the story, she wasn't mentioned at all, only to return once again at the end. I found myself confused throughout the duration, as the writing was a bit all over the place and jumping from scene to scene without any real fluidity. Like I said earlier, I did like the story, I thought it was interesting though not necessarily unique, and I believe some good life lessons can be taken away from the main character's troubles. Slim to None won't be on my Favorites List, but I think some other chick lit lovers will be able to appreciate this story.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nel001 on November 8, 2011
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Ok. So seriously? This book was so bad. I rarely write book reviews, and this may seem mean, but this book was so bad and here's why: (*spoiler alert*)
I'm going to pretend the Kindle edition, (that's the one I read) apparently didn't have spell check, or an editor and move on to other things that really bothered me. As an overweight person, I have recently begun going to the gym and have changed my lifestyle (food and activity) to lose weight. When I read the synopsis of this book, I thought, wow! What better book to read at the gym, while also working off the pounds?! I could not have been more wrong. For anyone with intelligence and the knowledge of ever being slightly to not-so-slightly overweight, this book was insulting, both to fat people and intelligent people alike. It was packed full of fat jokes, old, not the slightest bit funny fat jokes and a premise that was so over-played that it was completely predictable. The only thing I was hoping for throughout the book was that her loving husband would finally realize what a horrible selfish person she was and leave her. (See, I told you I was going to be mean.)
The book, which I thought would be great for working out included a recipe at the beginning of almost each chapter of some decadent heavy calorie meal or dessert, which just added to the annoyance of this read. So I am supposed to read about your struggles with weight loss and relate this to my own life, and oh! Thanks for throwing in that recipe for a super banana cream pie. That was really helpful! As soon as I stop sweating out my Halloween candy on the treadmill, I'll get right in the kitchen and make that.
The only reason I finished this book was the hope that maybe, just maybe it might get better. But it never did.
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