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Keeping things light this week! My pick for Flashback Friday:
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
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.
Good in Bed is probably the first book I heard referred to as “chick lit” — and while in general I really dislike the term for its derogatory overtones (but that’s a topic for another blog post!), I don’t mind it so much here. Maybe that’s because Good in Bed defies all the expectations that “chick lit” seems to promise — hearts and flowers, shopping, BFFs and looking for love. Yes, some of that does factor into this book, but it’s also honest, sneaky, snarky, and in places, really devastating too.
Granted, the synopsis does make Good in Bed sound like a single-girl-on-the-prowl type of book — but it’s really a deeply emotional portrayal of a woman who is smart and strong, and who goes through some unimaginably painful experiences. Cannie is not perfect by a long shot, and maybe that’s why so many women relate to her. She doesn’t have great taste in men, things don’t always work out for her, and her weight is an ongoing issue. She goes through one particularly terrible experience, and the chapters dealing with this are truly heartbreaking — so that when she does find moments of happiness, we really want to cheer.
Good in Bed isn’t high-brow literature by any means, but it’s a terrifically fun read with a big heart and surprising depths. For someone who doesn’t usually frequently the “chick lit” sections of the bookstore, enjoying this book was a great surprise.
Have you read Good in Bed? If so, how does it measure up for you against other books lumped under the “chick lit” heading?
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