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Good in Bed | [Jennifer Weiner]

Good in Bed

The day Cannie Shapiro, a savvy, intelligent, plus-sized pop culture reporter, 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. Good in Bed celebrates the courage of the human spirit and introduces you to a heroine you'll never forget.
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Publisher's Summary

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 act of courage - is plunged into misery, and into the most amazing year of her life.

Radiant with wit, bursting with surprises, and written with bite and bittersweet humor, Jennifer Weiner reaches beyond Cannie's story and into the heart of every woman. Gut-level real and laugh-out-loud funny, Good in Bed celebrates the courage of the human spirit and features an unbelievably funny cast of supporting characters, the strangest dog you'll ever encounter, and a heroine you'll never forget.

©2001 Jennifer Weiner, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    T. Freeman 12-29-02
    T. Freeman 12-29-02
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    "A Genuine Surprise"

    This was not at all what I expected but was a real treat. She is someone you can easily relate to and you get caught up so readily in her challenges.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    kimeleon Northville, MI USA 01-07-05
    kimeleon Northville, MI USA 01-07-05 Member Since 2002

    kimeleon

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    "Finally! A Plus-Size Happy Ending!"

    I love this book. A "normal" woman, not a stick figure with Farrah Fawcett hair and perfect teeth, gets the good guy! You can really put yourself in the shoes of this woman as her life takes unplanned turns. She DOES have a life. Most authors, and Hollywood, want us to think that if you are larger than a size 4, you never get the opportunity to have a life, let alone a HAPPY life or even a LOVE life.

    This book proves them all wrong. Overweight women are not parriahs. They are people who love and are loved. They are mothers, daughters, friends, lovers. Thank you for finally putting that into print for the whole world to see!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A 01-22-04
    A 01-22-04 Member Since 2003

    Love to read. Mysteries, history, romance, biography, current events, science, classic fiction. No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on GoodReads and BookLikes.

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    "Never judge a book by its cover"

    If you are looking for a provocative romp where the heroine jumps from bed to bed, try another book. This is a romance, not erotica -- cute at the beginning, sad in the middle and they all live happily ever after. It is a light, quick read, like cotton candy, another tale of a 20-something finding out that life has nothing to do with what we see in TV sitcoms or glamour magazines. It's a 21st century Harlequin romance -- and we all need a little Harlequin every now and then.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Lake Worth, FL, USA 07-03-07
    Carolyn Lake Worth, FL, USA 07-03-07
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    "Starts great... Ends up OK"

    I had high hopes for this audiobook. I had just finished "The Guy Not Taken" (Also by Jennifer Weiner - which I loved). "Good in Bed" started out great. The narrator was excellent. Her voice was perfect for the main character, and she brought the words to life. The story was also very interesting... and also very funny. But about 2/3 of the way through, I found myself wanting to fast forward. It seemed a bit repetitive. I also was very disappointed because there were too many of the same plot lines and even the same dialog lines as "The Guy Not Taken". In both books, main characters were big swimmers, had fathers that had just vanished, had relatives that didn't like to be touched. I could name more. That was disappointing, it's not like these books are a series. Did Jennifer think readers wouldn't pick up on that? At some points I had to stop the tape and reorient myself because there were too many similarities. The end was also a bit unrealistic. But I did love the first 2/3rds of the book, and it was a very good listen :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ppirouette Ca, USA 04-18-08
    Ppirouette Ca, USA 04-18-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Funny and Sad"

    First, this was a great book. Very well written and thought out. Characters were very understandable and you felt them. It just was not what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be really funny and the beginning was (I needed a funny book at the time.) However, about 1/3 or half way thru – it became pretty sad and ended that way but for the last minute of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t put it down. I kept waiting for the fairytale ending. It has a little one but this is more like a real life novel than a romance fairytale. So if you want a good afternoon read and can just sit and listen and experience, this is the one for you. But if you are looking for something while you are trying to have a good time, save this one, but do have a listen – it was very worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Concord, NC, United States 12-30-07
    Karen Concord, NC, United States 12-30-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Funny and pleasantly unexpected ending"

    The book started out really funny. The thoughts that run through a single, over weight woman's mind is right on. Funny and sad, but very real.

    The narration was nicely done, very believable.
    The characters were adequately developed giving just enough description to understand the characters relationship to the main character.

    The story flowed nicely and I never got bored. I listened to the entire book in one afternoon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Santa Barbara, US, Canada 09-07-05
    Angela Santa Barbara, US, Canada 09-07-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Its just okay..."

    Its kind of funny in some spots. Pretty predictable mostly. And I'm still trying to figure out what the publisher meant in the synopsis by "the strangest dog you'll ever encounter..." because there was nothing remotely remarkable about her dog let alone earning the title of "strangest." Mostly though, my biggest gripe about this book is after a while I just got sick and tired of this woman's complaining. I just have very very little tolerance or sympathy for a person who feels the need to lay blame on someone else for all their problems, can only see the negative, and never shows an ounce of gratitude for all the loving people offering support - especially when she's such a miserable person and dosn't deserve it! Oh, except until the very end when she suddenly has some epiphany and becomes an entirely different person in the blink of an eye. Yeah right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. P 06-16-04
    Mrs. P 06-16-04 Listener Since 2001
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    "fun"

    light and enjoyable -- perfect for the commute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane M Benetz Parkville, MO United States 03-11-04
    Diane M Benetz Parkville, MO United States 03-11-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "Loved the Book!!"

    Started out very funny and ended as a very sweet, thought provoking story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Yorba Linda, CA, USA 01-31-04
    Jamie Yorba Linda, CA, USA 01-31-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Can't forget it"

    I don't read a lot of this type of novel but it was recommended by a friend and I loved it. I listened to it over six months ago and find myself frequently talking about it with friends. Anyone who has ever been a "larger woman" will relate to Cannie's experiences. The humor is delightful. Definitely a good trip-to-work book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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