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Good in Bed [Paperback]

Jennifer Weiner
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2 April 2002
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 jo

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (2 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743418174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743418171
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,326,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed is the story of a year in the life of a late-twentysomething American woman: Cannie, a journalist on the Philadelphia Examiner, who has recently broken up with her boyfriend of three years (cue endless similarities with countless other books aimed at young Western women). Fortunately, Weiner's book has enough originality to break out from the mould, with an overweight heroine and a mother who has recently moved in with her lesbian lover. Good in Bed has its funny moments, dealing with humour and sensitivity with Cannie's status as a "larger woman", her bizarre family and her regrets at splitting up with Bruce, but there is often more a feeling of pathos than laughter. Cannie is not a tragic figure through her dress size--Weiner successfully side-steps any attempt to pity her or her fellow larger women at a weight-loss clinic, taking the humorous path instead--but through her relationship and career predicaments. It is therefore not clear why Weiner cast Cannie as a plus-size, unless to drive home the eternal fact that whatever their size, all women have the same neuroses inside. Cannie's year offers more lows than highs--with a particularly heart-breaking low towards the end of the novel, which is unlikely to be read by anyone with even a wry smile--and it therefore is not a "feel good to be a woman" novel. For laugh-out-loud writing with a dash of pathos try Shannon Olson's Welcome to My Planet, but for sensitive and ultimately tear-inducing touching narration try Good in Bed. --Olivia Dickinson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ADDICTIVE, COMFORTING READ 20 May 2006
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possibly the best book i have read for a decade, so very comforting to read (over and over again!!)Cannie is observant, confident, witty and reassuringly not a size 2, not all of us are built like wire coat hangers with lipstick, the book is so very accurate in so many ways, particulary when dealing with society's obsessions of perfection, I also thought the ending was unpredictable, but the best bit was Cannie's own article written after her daughter was born refering to the fact that there are worst things in life than having an ample figure, namely the health of her daughter, her article really puts everything into perspective as does the entire book..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CANNY AND COMEDIC DEBUT 24 May 2001
By A Customer
Newspaper columnist Jennifer Weiner's debut novel is a canny and comedic look at the tribulations of a plus size gal in a size 2 fixated America. Cannie Shapiro is astonished to find her ex, Bruce Guberman, writing a column called "Good In Bed" for a major women's magazine. His opener is titled "Loving A Larger Woman," in which he tells all about his relationship with Cannie - their sometimes good, sometimes so-so sex life, and her obsession with her Raphaelesque dimensions. After venting to her best buddy, Samantha, then to her otherwise absorbed mother who has just come out of the closet and cohabited with another woman, Cannie has an unsuccessful, brief reconciliation with Bruce who is soon trumpeting in print his relationship with a not especially intelligent but reed-thin woman. Suffering from public embarrassment and the low self-esteem visited upon her by a father who was mostly absent, Cannie signs up for a Weight and Eating Disorders Clinic. There's more than diet on the menu for her there. "Good In Bed" is a boisterous banquet of a story making it clear that a woman's worth isn't defined by her girth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and thought provoking 13 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback!! I just loved this book so much. You can almost believe you're actually in the scenes. It's so funny yet in places I cried my eyes out. I can totally relate to Cannie and it's great that at last we have a heroine that's above the standard Bridget Jones size 12 yet smart, attractive and witty but isn't totally flawless. Read it all in a day and recommend it to anyone.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Jennifer Weiner has it just right. She perfectly captures how the "queen sized" woman can be sailing along feeling happy, healthy, glowing, athletic, sexy...any number of things...and then have her day ruined when a stranger, or a friend, calls attention to her heft.
Her book's heroine, Cannie Shapiro, is a big girl, successful in her career; warm and loving but weighed down with a lot more than just fat issues.
"Good In Bed" chronicles a year in which she is finally forced to deal with her feelings about her weight, but also the other sad memories of her life, primarily the emotional abuse inflicted on her with sadistic glee by her father.
It's a wild ride of a year with incredible ups and crashing lows, occurring just days apart. Relationships are created, nurtured, mended and some, with great sadness, ended.
At the end of the book we see Cannie in a place she and we couldn't have imagined her being just 12 months after the story began. Her "story", it seems, is now beginning anew. And yet the tale seems complete because as the events have unfolded, we've been there with her for the struggle. She's in such a calm, centered place by the end that we can believe she'll be okay.
I have just ordered a copy of this paperback to be sent to my friend in Basingstoke!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written - predictable second half 3 July 2002
By Jaq
This is a story about a woman who is overweight, how she deals with it and feels about herself. After a supposed 'break' from her boyfriend, he writes an article which makes him out to be a martyr because hes dating a fat girl. It follows her indecisions, unlikely friendships and major life changes. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half, the plot became predictable towards the end but im glad i read it and will look to read more books by this author.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, wise and thought provoking. 15 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Jennifer Weiner has certainly written a novel, which provided me with moments of reflection, humour and enjoyment, which I dearly needed after a long stressful day in the office.
This is a novel about a year in the life of a twenty-eight year old woman. Cannie Shapiro is a smart, sharp, well-rounded lady who works as a journalist on the staff of the Philadelphia Examiner. She loves her job, her friends, her dog - Nifkin and her life, but she also recently broke up with her boyfriend of three years. Cannie also loves her apartment, her commodious, quilt-lined bed, made tenuous peace with her body and even thought that she felt all right about ended her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Bruce Guberman.
This novel has enough originality with an overweight heroine, a mother who has recently moved in with her lesbian lover Tanya, with numerous funny moments, humour and sensitivity with Cannie as a larger lady and her most unusual family. Her ex-boyfriend Bruce has written an article in a national women's magazine, talking about their sex life and his feelings about her body in a column titled 'Good in Bed.' Cannie is plunged into despair, public humiliation and now the most amazing year of her life begins.
This story is both emotional, extremely moving, compelling and utterly unforgettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I lived this!
The title says it all..... I laughed and cried whilst I read this. The story of Cannie, and her struggle with being "the fat one' touched a nerve so we here, and every page of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kal pascoe
2.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend
I'm surprised that this book has such high ratings - I found the plot inconsistent in tone and increasingly unbelievable as the book went on, with no decent story arc to follow... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Emma Niklasson
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny,serious all in one book!
I loved the truthfulness of this book. Being a larger lady it seemed to be a story of my life! The humour lifted those sad moments and showed that we can all over come obstacles. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alyson Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I know I'm a bit behind everyone else having only just read this but boy am I glad I finally did. Altogether a great book, it's like she has taken all the cliches in all the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hetty88
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books by Jennifer Weiner!
This is one of my favourite books by Jennifer Weiner! If you're a fan (or even if you haven't heard of her), I would recommend this book. It's a great read! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. Jean Helps
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend Jennifer Weiner to those who haven't read her. I am currently reading another book by her and will look to find others in the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Diane H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent author
haven't read this book yet but have read In Her Shoes and it was brill, hence why I've bought this book!
Published 11 months ago by Clover
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read and genuine story
I fell across this book as you often do but I must say compared to some of the stuff I have read recently this was a pleasant surprise. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marple
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Was unsure when I started this and was not sure I'd get into it. I very nearly put it down a couple of times but am glad I didn't. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Really enjoyed every page and loved the humour throughout I would recommend this book and read more from this author
Published 13 months ago by Flo
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