Hungry for more true tales by Jennifer Weiner

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing by Jennifer Weiner

3 words: funny, frank, conversational

This was the book that kept me up past my bedtime because I just didn’t want to put it down.

Sometimes that was because the storytelling was so good, and sometimes it was because the stories were so surprising. And sometimes it was just because it was fun hanging out with Jennifer Weiner.

Even though it was my first experience spending time with her, because (shameful revelation) I’ve never read her fiction.

She’s well known for the Weiner/Franzen Feud, which she discusses in this book.

But the book is way more than that. It’s stories about her family when she was growing up, and her children, and her divorce, and her father’s mental illness, and her struggles with body image… and I know none of this sounds very funny, but it is. Even though it’s also dead serious stuff.

But when a situation is one of those “laugh or cry” scenes, she’s gonna laugh. And she made me laugh, too.

It’s like hanging out with a really funny friend who’s been through it and doesn’t mind spilling.

Big thanks to Bybee for sending this book my way via Bybee Book Mail.

Give this book a whirl if you like… unvarnished truth, some snark, memoirs of unconventional families, stories of writers’ lives, and feminism with a dash of humor
So folks… ever read Jennifer Weiner? If so, which novel do you recommend?

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Reader, librarian, & happy little geek

4 thoughts on “Hungry for more true tales by Jennifer Weiner

  1. Unruly,
    I do so love reading your reviews. Hilariously I think we have very different fiction/nonfiction tastes, and yet I often find something to read here (that we agree on totally) or I have to re-evaluate something I didn’t like. I think it’s endlessly fascinating how even readers with similar tastes sometimes can have totally divergent opinions at other times.
    A case in point? Jennifer Weiner. (And, to a lesser extent, Ann Patchett.) I have had to accept that I hate her voice. 🙂

  2. Citizen — Ditto! I always delight in reading what you have to say about books, even though sometimes our opinions are nearly opposite. And then sometimes: nearly identical response. There’s a weird Venn diagram there somewhere… : )

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