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Good in Bed [Paperback]

Jennifer Weiner
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April 2 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 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.

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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 alternate Paperback edition.

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It is temping at first but unwise to assume Candace Shapiro is yet another Bridget Jones. Feisty, funny and less self-hating than her predecessor, Cannie is a 28-year-old Philadelphia Examiner reporter preoccupied with her weight and men, but able to see the humor in even the most unpleasant of life's broadsides. Even she is floored, however, when she reads "Good in Bed," a new women's magazine column penned by her ex-boyfriend, pothead grad student Bruce Guberman. Three months earlier, Cannie suggested they take a break apparently, Bruce thought they were through and set about making such proclamations as, "Loving a larger woman is an act of courage in our world." Devastated by this public humiliation, Cannie takes comfort in tequila and her beloved dog, Nifkin. Bruce has let her down like another man in her life: Cannie's sadistic, plastic surgeon father emotionally abused her as a young girl, and eventually abandoned his wife and family, leaving no forwarding address. Cannie's siblings suffer, especially the youngest, Lucy, who has tried everything from phone sex to striptease. Their tough-as-nails mother managed to find love again with a woman, Tanya, the gravel-voiced owner of a two-ton loom. Somehow, Cannie stays strong for family and friends, joining a weight-loss group, selling her screenplay and gaining the maturity to ask for help when she faces something bigger than her fears. Weiner's witty, original, fast-moving debut features a lovable heroine, a solid cast, snappy dialogue and a poignant take on life's priorities. This is a must-read for any woman who struggles with body image, or for anyone who cares about someone who does.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plus Size Women Rule . . . Except This One Oct. 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Like others who hated this book, I really wanted to enjoy it. Like the main character, I'm a fat word-lover, often too smart and sarcastic for my own good, who considered the Pink Rose Bakery in Philadelphia a second home. Unfortunately, I spent most of my time screaming at this book, and when I was finally finished I threw it against my wall. On the one hand, I admire the author for presenting a full-figured, flawed character. However, Cannie, the heroine, remains self-centered, self-pitying, immature, judgmental, condesceding, elitist, and cruel throughout the whole book, and is repeatedly indulged by friends, loved ones, and worst of all the author, Jennifer Weiner. Weiner allows Cannie to dance through life without having to take responsibility for herself, and the "redemption" she experiences rings false. Worse, the book is littered with cliches, including, most offensively, a lesbian with two cats named Gertrude and Alice, who is reviled by Cannie and her siblings even though it may be the closest her mother has come to a partner in her life. I pity the lesbian reader who reads this book and encounters such a one-dimensional, snide rendering of a stereotype.
A thing that aggravates me about reviews of this book is that many claim it's better than Bridget Jones because the character is heavier, a "real fat woman." I found Bridget a lot more likeable, regardless of her weight, because you got to see her standing by her friends. Cannie seems to have friends who treat her a lot better than she treats them, or herself. While I'm sure that the author saw Cannie as very kind, the glimpses of a loving Cannie are few and far between her monologues of self-loathing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, fun read -- worth buying! Aug. 3 2005
Format:Paperback
It can be difficult to read books that are as painfully truthful as Jennifer Weiner's first novel. However, "Good In Bed", while painful at times, is also fun and touching.
In the book, we meet Cannie (a thouroughly modern woman struggling with life's complexities). Cannie's biggest problem is a BIG problem, she is overweight. The book is Cannie's journey to come to terms with how others see her and more importantly how she sees herself. There are definatley road bumps along the way. Large road bumps along the way. Cannie's ex writes a tell all article for a rival magazine about "loving a larger woman".
Any woman will appreciate Cannie's sense of humor as she deals with all of the implications of Bruce's betrayal and as she struggles to make the right choices.
In the end, the reader will appreciate the ending as much as they appreciate the path to get there. I purchased this book through Amazon.com right after another great purchase, THE LOSERS' CLUB: Complete Restored Edition by Richard Perez, about a writer addicted to the personals. Both are fun, recommended books. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for EVERY Single Woman July 11 2001
Format:Hardcover
Having been a fan of Jennifer Weiner's column in the "Philadelphia Inquirer", I was not surprised to become a fan of her first novel, "Good in Bed". Every single woman can identify with some part of the main character, Cannie, who is an amazing person yet has been rendered insecure by a bumpy family history, poor male influences and a society that has bought into the beauty before substance equals worth equation. But Cannie perseveres, as we all do, and carves out a path through a series of positives and negatives all the while offering a bitingly sarcastic commentary of the people and world around her. Even in this work of fiction, women who don't fit the "Sex and the City" mold can see that they are not alone. After finishing this book, I felt inspired - to do what I'm not sure, but it's still a great feeling to have. I highly recommend this book and hope that Jennifer will continue writing for all women.
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By Donna
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great book, a talented author. Read everything she writes - funny, well paced, poignant without being a weepy lifetime movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite! Aug. 23 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are new to Jennifer Weiner, start with this book! I could not put it down! When I finally did finish, I had to visit amazon again and buy a few more Jennifer Weiner books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Reading Aug. 15 2003
Format:Paperback
After I caught a friend of mine reading and very much enjoying this book - I ran out and picked it up. All I can say is - it was fun! I really enjoyed the charachter and her thinking in this book. It's an easy read and a great book to bring to the pool or beach with you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honest, funny and entertaining Aug. 13 2003
By Patty
Format:Paperback
This book is great for both men and women. For women, to see a character that lives day-to-day with the multitude of societal pressures that we all face, particularly in the area of body image. Yet, the main character is not pathetic, but actually funny and vulnerable, all at the same time. I actually hope they make this into a movie, since it distresses me how "trained" we are in this country that in order to be beautiful, we have to be blond, blue-eyed and size 2-6. It puts beauty, and what it means to be a beautiful woman, in an entirely different light.
For men - if you want to understand a little bit of what it feels like to be a woman, especially in the US, this is the book for you. It gets you "inside" a woman's head a bit, particularly in the area of body image and mixed feelings and messages between women and men.
I loved it! Some parts made me laugh out loud. Others made me feel great empathy for her. And hey - it has a happy ending!!!
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Published on Oct. 20 2008 by Douglas P. Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected this book to be just horrid.
I just got done reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates, and thought Good in Bed would be just the same old vapid chick-lit. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2007 by Nikki
3.0 out of 5 stars not at all like "In her Shoes"
I read "In her Shoes" and absolutely fell in love with it. So I thought "Good in Bed" will be good as well, but I was mistaken. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2006 by Momus
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book...
I really enjoyed this book. It was very, very good! I laughed, I cried. It was very hard to put it down, especially once I got into it. Can't wait to read more of her books.
Published on Feb. 20 2006
2.0 out of 5 stars Another one of those!
Is it just me, or are there too many novels about whiny plus-sized women? Not every overweight woman is bitter, troubled, and whiny. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Marvelous
A simply marvelous novel with hints of laughter and passion sprinkled throughout. I highly recommend this one. Also read Fire In The Ice/Katlyn Stewart if you have the chance.
Published on Aug. 31 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars -----------------> You can stop your browsing right here!
If you're looking for the next great novel, this probably isn't it. But if you're looking for a book that's not too heavy, funny, and extremely entertaining, then this is the book... Read more
Published on July 13 2005 by Allison Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars -----------------> You can stop your browsing right here!
If you're looking for the next great novel, this probably isn't it. But if you're looking for a book that's not too heavy, funny, and extremely entertaining, then this is the book... Read more
Published on June 8 2005 by Allison Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, fun read -- worth buying!
It can be difficult to read books that are as painfully truthful as Jennifer Weiner's first novel. However, "Good In Bed", while painful at times, is also fun and... Read more
Published on May 5 2005 by Karen Thompason
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll giggle and even tear up (in a good way...)
Cannie Shapiro is a likeable character with universal emotions. She was easy to relate to, and more than that, like any great fiction she can bring you to laughter and tears at... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2005 by Isadore Ann
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