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Good in Bed Hardcover – May 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
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.
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At the center of the book is Cannie Shapiro, a woman who is shamed and mortified when she discovers that her ex-boyfriend, Bruce, has written a magazine column which describes in agonizing detail the truth about "loving an overweight girlfriend". And that girlfriend is, of course, Cannie. To make things worse, Cannie is having second thoughts about having dumped Bruce, cad though he is. Will she ever find anyone to love her, especially since she doesn't fit the model-thin stereotype of the desirable woman? Even more importantly, will she learn to accept herself and her body just as it is?
This book could have been just another piece of romantic fluff but stands out from the crowd because author Jennifer Weiner makes Cannie seem very real - and her sense of humor is often laugh out loud hilarious. I really liked Cannie and the descriptions of her feelings about her weight and her dieting struggles are dead on, especially when Cannie takes a dieting program director to task for talking down to her and her fellow dieters.
I should note that some of this book is a tad unbelievable (especially Cannie's "instant" friendship with a major celebrity) but any shortcomings are more than offset by the delightful style and original voice of the author.