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 number-one New York Times best-selling 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.
©2016 Jennifer Weiner (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
At first I didn't realize what this book was - and I came to understand it is an autobiography- Jennifer Weiner has written so many books I love and this is one of them. I especially loved her narration -I may have to go back and listen to her books. I will definitely watch her movie. She is simply a wonderful author. I look forward to her novels. I am a happy huge reader and have a wide variety of books and audiobooks. Hers are always a favorite.
This is not a story but it's like listening to a friend telling you about her life . There are times you will laugh and times you will have tears. Jennifer shares herself with the reader in an intimate way. I am a senior and think whatever your stage of life you will enjoy it
Hungry Heart is Jennifer Weiner's personal memoir. She shares stories from every aspect of her life from being the awkward outcast in childhood to using her rapport as a best selling author to advocate for feminism...and everything in between. As always, Jennifer Weiner's writing feels like you are among friends. She is so down to earth and if you're a fan of hers, you'll love this deeper look inside the mind and life of this amazing woman. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll definitely end it with even greater respect for this extraordinary woman. I especially love that this was narrated by Jennifer.
I adore all of Je. Over Weiner's books. And when I saw a new one was being released I couldn't wait to read it. I was still excited when I read that it was a memoir. But I just didn't love it. I think Jennifer is a talented writer whose characters connect and resonate with her fans. However, I found Jennifer, being Jennifer, was a bit of a whiner and made me dislike her. Case in point her discussing her father letting her down because she was pulled from the registration line at Princeton (could she not have referred to it as college?) and later having to take out, gasp, a student loan. Also, someone should have insisted on cutting the whole section about tweets and social media. Awful. I felt like she wasn't very relatable as a real person. Still love her books and will read her future writing. Just didn't love this book.
All I can say is wow. Hats off to Jennifer Weiner for sharing her life story including the good, the bad and the ugly in this moving memoir. She is seriously brave for tackling some disturbing topics and life experiences, from drug addiction and body shaming to gay marriage. She also did a halfway decent job with the narration, which isn't always the case for authors who choose to read their own material. I have always been a fan of her novels, but now I'm a fan of hers. Bravo!
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