Good in Bed

Good in Bed

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Humiliated to discover that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their former sex life in a series of articles called "Loving a Larger Woman" in a popular women's magazine, pop-culture journalist Cannie Shapiro embarks on an adventure-filled odyssey as she confronts her losses, makes peace with the past, and comes to terms with herself, her dreams, and her goals in life. A first novel. 55,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Humiliated to discover that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their sex life in a series of articles called "Loving a Larger Woman" in a popular women's magazine, journalist Cannie Shapiro embarks on an adventure-filled odyssey as she confronts her losses, makes peace with the past, and comes to terms with herself.

Simon and Schuster
At first my eyes wouldn't make sense of the letters. Finally, they unscrambled. Loving a Larger Woman, said the headline, by Bruce Guberman. Bruce Guberman had been my boyfriend for just over three years, until we'd decided to take a break three months ago. And the larger woman, I could only assume, was me. Cannie Shapiro never wanted to be famous. The smart, sharp, plus-sized pop culture reporter was perfectly content writing about other people's lives on the pages of the Philadelphia Examiner. But the day she opens up a national women's magazine to find out that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their ex-sex life is the day her life changes forever. Loving a larger woman is an act of courage in our world, Bruce has written. And Cannie -- who never knew that Bruce saw her as a "larger woman," or thought that loving her was an act of courage -- is plunged into misery, and into the most amazing year of her life. For the previous twenty-eight years, things had been tripping along nicely for Cannie. Sure, her mother's come charging out of the closet, and her father's long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her job, her friends, her tiny rat terrier, Nifkin, and her life in Philadelphia. She loves her apartment, and her commodious, quilt-lined bed. She has made a tenuous peace with her non-size 6 body. And she'd even felt okay about ending her relationship with Bruce. But now this. After finding herself publicly humiliated, with the most intimate details of her life in print, Cannie embarks on a series of hilarious and heartbreaking adventures. From showdowns with her snooping office nemesis to run-ins with her mother's less-than-lovable life partner, from trips to the glamour spots of New York City and Los Angeles to a disastrous reconciliation with the man who took her heart and tossed it onto the New Jersey Turnpike, Cannie navigates an odyssey she never planned on taking. She mourns her losses, faces the past, and figures out who she really is, and who she can become. Radiant with wit, bursting with surprises, and written with bite and bittersweet humor, Jennifer Weiner's deliciously readable debut novel reaches beyond Cannie's story and into the heart of every woman. It features an unbelievably funny cast of supporting characters, the strangest dog you'll ever encounter, and, best of all, Cannie Shapiro -- a heroine you'll never forget.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780743418164
0743418166
Characteristics: 376 p. ; 24 cm

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M_ALCOTT Aug 13, 2014

" So basically, you're pining for a guy with a small willy who treated you badly."-Maxi

Sometimes it takes a complete stranger(and a few shots of tequila) to put things into perspective. As Maxi does for poor Cannie in this novel. Cannie Shapiro, a newspaper reporter, had the misfortune of having her ex-boyfriend Bruce, who writes for a magazine, write about her in his sex column "Good in Bed". In an article titled "Loving a Larger Woman", Bruce puts Cannie's insecurities about her weight and her sex life out there for public consumption, which makes Cannie want to kill Bruce. Naturally. And since murder isn't a legal option for Cannie, she settles for calling Bruce "small" down there.

"Good in Bed" is my first Jennifer Weiner novel, but not my first time reading a story with a plus size leading character. I thought the novel was smart and at the same time funny.

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loribetho
May 04, 2014

FUNNY!

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gcnwilson
Feb 01, 2014

very funny and entertaining!

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UnravelYarn
Jun 20, 2013

Good read, has characters who are easy to relate with

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slacks
Jun 07, 2012

good "chick" lit read. I really like Jennifer Weiner's books. She writes her characters well and gets you hooked.

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hitthebooks
Mar 27, 2012

This is funny in some ways. She is a large almost 30 yr old and her x-boyfriend writes about her in his new position at a magazine "good in bed" with a large person. He has a ponytail and is addicted to pot, has a small twinky and not sure of himself. She finds herself pregnant after her x's father dies and she sleeps with him one time. She keeps the baby, finds a good female friend with money, tries to loose weight at a center which is where she finds out she is pregnant. Eventually loses the weight and almost the baby. Her mother is a lesbian and her father doesn't even want to know her. Messed up as she is she ends up with the doctor from her weight loss clinic and is for once happy. Great book and only 5 hours long with lots filled in. Finished in one day.....shopped and clean house too.

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terriflt
Mar 06, 2012

I enjoyed this book although not as much as I enjoyed her other books. This one the main character got a little too whiny and bitchy at times. Mind you, it was warranted, but I think it dragged on a little longer than it could have. Overall, worth the read though

prkmbc Sep 10, 2011

December, 2003

martyanne Sep 07, 2011

I loved this book for being about loving a plus sized woman, and being about a plus sized woman not loving herself -- but then, learning to. I love that she got skinny, but found herself back to healthy-- and still outside the barrier of plus-sized. She becomes the woman she admired. Call it chick-lit, call it light, call it fluff, but the reality is, there's real stuff here. Real, good stuff. It takes some depression, some darkness, some lostness, to get to a place of finding yourself transformed.

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bookpusher
Aug 11, 2011

Although I enjoyed this book, sometimes it could be quite depressing.

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