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I just posted this in the "Hidden Gems" forum and then realized that people here might appreciate it, too.
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
My mom recommended this book to me. First she said, "just ignore the title!" because she thinks I'm a bit of a prude.
It's really a good book that I went on to recommend to my 23 year old daughter who thinks she is "fat" but isn't at all.
Here's part of the book description (no spoilers):
"For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She's even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. But the day she opens up a national women's magazine and sees the words "Loving a Larger Woman" above her ex-boyfriend's byline, Cannie is plunged into misery...and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become."
It is much more than just chick lit, and is wonderfully perceptive and descriptive regarding being plus-size.
Take a look at some of the other reviews that PBS readers have submitted if you might be interested.
And - of course! - it's on my bookshelf. In fact I have a second copy, that I picked up at Goodwill, waiting to post after I find a new home for this one.
I think I just picked up this book at a used book sale this weekend....nope, just checked and I picked up Goodnight Nobody. Although I need to check out this book, sounds good! I did pick up SilkyDreamGirl
From Publishers Weekly How does a woman meet a man when she's already dispensed with four husbands by the age of 37? If she has anything in common with the likably down-to-earth heroine in Burks's debut tale of Internet romance, she goes online. Katie Coomers has had enough of her quixotic fourth husband, Clarence, his failed investment schemes and his $100,000 debt. When Clarence announces that he is leaving her (for the third time in their seven-year marriage), Katie can only say hallelujah. Clarence moves to California and leaves his two boys, Darious and CJ, in Chicago with Katie. But the stress of four failed marriages, two stepsons and constant criticism and advice from family and friends overwhelms Katie, and she balloons to a hefty 190 pounds. Her only comfort is eating, sipping secret shots of tequila and taking care of the boys. One lonely night, she goes online and becomes "SilkyDreamGirl," her chat room alter ego. At first, she's only looking to make friends, but soon she's become a take-no-prisoners cyber-siren-and she takes her newfound confidence offline, starting her own catering business and settling old scores. The guarded, charmingly self-deprecating Katie is something like a cross between Bridget Jones and Stella Payne. Her sharp-tongued commentary gives a touch of comedy to this sexy and satisfying story of self-discovery.
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