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The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Elizabeth Berg
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Book Description

29 April 2008
Exhilarating short stories of women breaking free from convention

Every now and then, right in the middle of an ordinary day, a woman rebels, kicks up her heels, and commits a small act of liberation.

What would you do, if you were going to break out and away? Go AWOL from Weight Watchers and spend an entire day eating every single thing you want–and then some? Start a dating service for people over fifty to reclaim the razzle-dazzle in your life–or your marriage? Seek comfort in the face of aging, look for love in the midst of loss, find friendship in the most surprising of places?

Imagine that the people in these wonderful stories–who do all of these things and more–are asking you: What would you do, if nobody was looking?


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Assets; Unabridged edition (29 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739331906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739331903
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 13.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,725,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Elizabeth Berg is the author of eighteen novels and has more than 1.5 million books in print. Her novel, OPEN HOUSE, was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000. Berg lives near Chicago, Illinois. Visit her at www.elizabeth-berg.net

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliably warming 13 Dec 2010
By Loulou
Format:Hardcover
I'm a long-time fan of Elizabeth Berg's work and treated myself to this book of short stories for my birthday. All of the short stories are the balm I've come to expect from Berg's longer works - insightful, heartwarming, and often heartbreaking. As quite a number of the stories are sad ones, it's a good book to pull out and curl up with if you need to cry but can't quite get there by yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful stories 10 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover
I'm not usually a short story reader but this was recommended and I loved it. Elizabeth Berg has wonderful insights into human behavior and a wonderful sense of humour. You can dip into this book but I think you'll find you'll want to read it straight through.
It leaves you smiling and wanting more.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll want a donut. 16 April 2008
By Julie Neal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Elizabeth Berg's stories remind me of Anna Quindlen's. Both women can make me laugh out loud; both can make me cry.

In the title story, the narrator leaves a Weight Watchers meeting and vows to eat whatever she wants all day long. She starts out at Dunkin' Donuts, carrying a box of her favorites to her car. "I looked around and there was no one so I ran my tongue along every single surface of every single donut.... Sexual in a way, but more yeasty and better." Later she gives precise directions from Chicago's O'Hare airport to a Superdawg -- just in case you share her passion for Whoopercheesies.

More poignant stories describe an elderly couple's old dog dying and a chance encounter a middle-aged woman has with her first love.

What all of the stories share is humanity. Regardless of which one you're reading, you find yourself nodding your head, thinking "Yes, that's true."

Here's the list of stories:
1. The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted
2. Returns and Exchanges
3. The Party
4. Over the Hill and into the Woods
5. Full Count
6. Rain
7. The Day I Ate Nothing I Even Remotely Wanted
8. Mrs. Ethel Menafee and Mrs. Birdie Stoltz
9. Double Diet
10. The Only One of Millions Just Like Him
11. Truth or Dare
12. How to Make an Apple Pie
13. Sin City

The hardback itself has no dust jacket and is an odd size, with a taller-than-normal proportion. Its title type and accompanying illustration are done in shiny, hot-pink foil.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Berg Has Risen 2 May 2008
By My Inner Chick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Elizabeth Berg has her mojo back; that voice that made me love her from the very beginning, that voice that grinds a heart directly to the ground, that voice that understands a woman.

Ms. Berg, I've been waiting for you to return to me, and you have---you have! Thank you.

"The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted" is a series of thirteen essays, each one more delicious than the next; all of them beautifully constructed: Returns and Exchanges, The Party, Rain, Double Diet, Truth or Dare, Sin City. All of the stories will dig inside the reader's being like an old friend, a memory, or a pleasure, which they've lost or found again. Berg inserts food in each story as its own character.

Once again, I will compare Berg's writing to an ice-cream sundae, and her newest gem is a Lollapalooza. The only problem was...I wanted more!

Thank you, Ms. Berg for bringing your rich voice back for you fans to savor.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's no one like E. Berg - No one! 20 April 2008
By Phylora - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I loved all of these stories - LOVED them - all the funny Weight Watchers stories - there's not a woman out there who won't identify - and the heartbreaking Rain and Full Count. But really, all of these wonderful stories have a little funny and hearbreak in them. Sometimes you laugh out loud and other times you sniff and tear up, other times you find yourself nodding in agreement, like Amen to that sister. You may have to clutch your heart or stifle a yelp so be prepared if you're on the bus or something, or like me, at Starbucks, and realized I'd laughed out loud. Give this book to your girlfriends! They'll totally love it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay. So I had to re-read this immediately. 18 May 2008
By Judy Markey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's like having had your first piece of your most favorite pie, and even though you are sated and happy, you just can't resist a second helping. Even people who don't dine on short stories will adore this. Elizabeth Berg's characters are like a more interesting, pithy (but real) version of people we know, or want to know. Sweet foibles, tender relationships, hilarious ancillary observations -- all of it is there. Personally, I was a sucker for the title story (which no woman in America can't identify with) and two others -- one about two aging friends having to talk in code about death, and one ostensibly about making a perfect apple pie, but in fact is a smashingly insightful rumination about life. I read about 80 books a year, and this is the first one in a long time that I have bought almost ten copies of for my friends. I just couldn't take the chance that they wouldn't have it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to get this book! 18 April 2008
By Julie M. Krintzman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I haven't even read more than two stories yet, but I loved them so much I wanted to post right away!

"The Day I ate whatever I wanted" and its sister story are so funny, charming, and enlightening that I don't even care if I like the others (which I'm SURE I will). I'm just glad I own this book so I can read those two again and again.

In fact, I canceled my weekend plans so I can finish the rest. (While eating a box of Dunkin Donuts). :)
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