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Hungry Heart Audiobook

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    B. Lancaster 11-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen to a friend"

    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

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    Shay Bresnan Connecticut 10-22-16
    Shay Bresnan Connecticut 10-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent read!"

    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.

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    Marisa Spiga 07-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Entertaining"

    Overall this book was entertaining. I do love Jennifer's books and was interested to hear about her. I found most of the book interesting but there were areas I thought dragged on. I could have skipped all the tweets and details about all her pets. There were also a few story highlights that repeated.
    However I will continue to be a fan of hers and applaud her courage in writing her own story.

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    Monica Y. Dennis 07-06-17

    Writer, editor, business owner and mom

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    "Now I Want to Read Her Books"

    I didn't know Jennifer Weiner begore now. Maybe because I'm not quite her audience, but I am a not skinny writer and editor who started in newspapers, lived in Philly, and lives chick lit, so I felt connected and enthralled by her stories. Makes me want to read her books now.

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    margaret 05-26-17
    margaret 05-26-17

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    "JW is a treasure."

    this was such a pleasure to listen to. makes you wish she was your bff. funny, smart and honest.

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    Katherine L. Krcmarik 05-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing as usual"

    Jennifer Weiner manages to write all the things women wish they could say. This personal look at her life and behind the stories offers life advice to live as though other's judgement doesn't matter and touches at the heart of what makes her such a greater writer. It's well worth listening to.

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    Amazon Customer 05-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Heartfelt and uplifting"

    If you are a woman or you have women in your life then you should read this funny, heartbreaking at times, insightful and intelligent book about an author who truly is fearless in her honesty and compassion. Lots of good how to live life better advice throughout but particularly in the coda at the end.

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    Linda K. Sanders Baltimore, MD 05-08-17
    Linda K. Sanders Baltimore, MD 05-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun read"

    Just an honest evaluation of life, great listen. Time spent driving made a lot more enjoyable.

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    norac2003 02-03-17
    norac2003 02-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good in real life"

    Jennifer is one of those writers who truly writes what she knows. She has been through a lot and I couldn't help but cry several times as she described her heartbreak and coming of age realizations. Hearing her read it aloud made it all the better. Brave and honest. I've always loved her books and am now an even bigger fan.

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    Emily 12-22-16
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    "Her BEST book yet!"
    Would you listen to Hungry Heart again? Why?

    "Hungry Heart" is funny, sad, honest and from the heart. I have been a fan Jennifer Weiner's books since the beginning and I think her latest books is the best yet!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the honesty and the ability to relate with this book. Most women are a size 12+, have older parents to care for, problematic home lives and growing pains. Life is full of good and bad moments and it is nice to hear someone else's story to know that other people go through things also. Real life is not a fairy tail.


    What about Jennifer Weiner’s performance did you like?

    The sarcasm in her voice.


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