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Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner |
Genre: Non-Fiction Memoir | 416 Pages | Published: October 11, 2016 by Simon & Schuster Audio
Book Jacket Synopsis:
She’s also a mom, a daughter, and a sister; a former rower and current cyclist; a best friend and a reality TV junkie. In her first foray into nonfiction, she takes the raw stuff of her personal life and spins into a collection of essays on modern womanhood as uproariously funny and moving as the best of Tina Fey, Fran Lebowitz, and Nora Ephron.
Jennifer grew up as an outsider in her picturesque Connecticut hometown (“a Lane Bryant outtake in an Abercrombie & Fitch photo shoot”) and at her Ivy League college, but finally found her people in newsrooms in central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, and her voice as a novelist, activist, and New York Times columnist.
No subject is off-limits in this intimate and honest essay collection: sex, weight, envy, money, her mom’s newfound lesbianism, and her estranged father’s death. From lonely adolescence to modern childbirth to hearing her six-year-old daughter’s use of the f-word—fat—for the first time, Jennifer Weiner goes there, with the wit and candor that have endeared her to readers all over the world.
By turns hilarious and deeply touching, this collection shows that the woman behind treasured novels like Good in Bed and Best Friends Forever is every bit as winning, smart, and honest in real life as she is in her fiction.
Book Links: Amazon
Review & Thoughts
I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook which is narrated by the author herself! I had no idea that she’d written a non-fiction memoir which is one of my favorite genres.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It included a compilation of stories from her life; some stories brought tears to my eyes and others made me laugh out loud. Jennifer has led an interesting and eventful life and I enjoyed learning more about her through her writing about herself.
There were literally so many great sound bites and part of me wishes I had read the physical book instead of audio so that I could have highlighted favorite quotes and passages for future reference. I would recommend the best way to get the most from this book would be to do a paired digital e-reader along with the audio so you could listen to her read the book in her voice but also be able to mark up quotes for later!
My Review Rating: ♥♥♥♥.5 | Recommend for: fans of non-fiction memoir narrated by the author, fans of Jennifer Weiner.
Book Format & Source: Audiobook borrowed via Libby app
About Jennifer Weiner
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs. Everything. Her new novel, Big Summer, is out now. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
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