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Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing
Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing | Jennifer Weiner
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Jennifer Weiner is many things: a #1 "New York Times "bestselling author, a Twitter phenomenon, and an unlikely feminist enforcer ("The New Yorker"). 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."
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caitlin.reads.books
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I really enjoyed this book! Jennifer Weiner is so honest and down to earth. She‘s also very funny! She talks about her childhood, becoming an author, having a book made into a movie, marriage, divorce, second marriage and motherhood. If you enjoy memoirs, I definitely recommend this one!

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Victoriahoperose
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I loved his book. I really love Jennifer Weiner. She had always been one of my favorite writers and this book was so incredibly relatable and personal and I loved the stories and the writing. I just respect her message in her writing so much and find that she is really inspirational because she makes it okay to be whoever it is you want to be.

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EclecticBookLover
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I had to do this one! I read this before I worked an author event at my library. I had never read anything by Jennifer Weiner but tried this based on a recommendation from @YummyLibrarian. I loved it and loved listening to and meeting Jennifer Weiner. Really great book! #hungryheart #marchintothe70s

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Cinfhen
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#NonFiction2019 Making significant progress @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 🤓
This memoir started to drag and became somewhat repetitive plus there was some white lady privilege going on, shade being thrown and really uncomfortable family drama revealed but overall I believe Jennifer Weiner did her best in keeping this story real. She has the gift of gab & her message of loving yourself felt sincere & unwavering.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Bingo for you! Congratulations. 🎉 10mo
AmyG Good job! 10mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I didn‘t even realize the BINGO!! Im really on a NF audio kick right now @AmyG it‘s really increasing my “reading” hours!! 10mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s how you know you are enjoying the books! And yes, I love NF on audiobook. 10mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 10mo
Megabooks Congratulations!!!🍾🎉 10mo
Lizpixie Wow. I thought I was doing good!👍 10mo
Cinfhen I think I‘ve read more NF than fiction since the beginning of January @Lizpixie I‘m on such a roll ~ im finding fiction boring!!! 😂😂😂real life is so much more fascinating 10mo
Lizpixie That is so true @Cinfhen What did you think of Scar Tissue & Not My Fathers Son? 10mo
Cinfhen Not My Father‘s Son was fantastic!!! I was moved to tears and laughter @Lizpixie I enjoyed Scar Tissue. Anthony Kiedis‘ life is a wild ride but I was disappointed that the story ended in 2004. As a RHCP fan I wanted to learn more 10mo
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Cinfhen
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This memoir is REALLY getting twisted!!! I‘m almost finished... Not what I was anticipating at the 12 hour mark
Today‘s walk features a #tall menorah atop the synagogue which is illuminated every night on Chanukah 🕎
Another blue sky day 💙
#LitsyWalkers @kaye

Kaye Isn‘t that pretty ! Very good. 🌺 10mo
Wife 🌹 10mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Wife @kaye I‘m really exploring my neighborhood!!!! 😉💟 10mo
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Soubhiville That‘s a great photo! 10mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 10mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Leftcoastzen @Soubhiville not many #tall items around here so I was happy to find something to share 😁💜 (edited) 10mo
4thhouseontheleft That‘s such a cool menorah! 10mo
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Cinfhen
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#TimbitTunes After listening to several audio memoirs which have been very heavy, I thought I‘d lessen #TheWeight and listen to something a bit lighter. Ironically a majority of this memoir focuses on Jennifer Weiner‘s weight and struggle to feel acceptance and worth due to her size. ( which is ridiculous because she‘s a healthy vibrant woman,not mortally obese) I‘m finding a lot of commonality with JW (age, upbringing, values)

Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one 👍🏻♥️ 10mo
CarolynM I haven't read this all the way through, but I've done a bit of dipping into it. She has some good anecdotes🙂 10mo
KarenUK Another woman with a chapter dedicated to her in 10mo
Insightsintobooks I've read this one, I really enjoyed it. 10mo
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Cinfhen
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New day, new #audio , new walk!! Thanks to @kaye and the #LitsyWalkers, I was motivated to go out before the skies opened and the downpour started 🌨🌨🌨🌨I snapped some pretty flowers along the way for the Litsy Walker Bingo square 🌸🌷🌼🌹Im enjoying this memoir by Jennifer Weiner, her age and “Jewishness” is VERY comforting & familar💟 She‘s a modern Francie Nolan 🙌🏻

Kaye 🌷Great job, describing your walk AND your book ! 🌷 10mo
megnews Beautiful flowers! 10mo
Cinfhen Thanks @megnews @kaye Having the Litsy Bingo board made the walk seem purposeful 😁 10mo
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Kaye Glad it‘s helping you. 😊. Can you tell me what those red fuzzy flowers are called ? I‘ve not seen them before. 10mo
Cinfhen I think they are desert cactus flowers @kaye 🌵🌺🌸🌼🌵 10mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen the flowers are beautiful! I can't wait to join in the walking with you guys! And to see our spring flowers! Have an awesome day 10mo
JulAnna So nice to see flowers when all is cold and gray here! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Jennifer, but I‘ve been iffy about buying this one... I‘m also not big on memoirs! Beautiful photo ❤️🌷🌸🌹🌼 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m crazzzy about flowers @Crazeedi @JulAnna @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks so I enjoyed stopping and photographing them😍I‘m liking this memoir, Misty but I think you might be bored by it. As an audio it‘s good because I can tune in & out 😜 10mo
Kaye Flowers-BINGO 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen thanks!! I‘ll skip it!! 😉 10mo
DarcysMom Pretty flowers - so bright and cheerful. 10mo
Cinfhen Thanks @DarcysMom our neighborhood spends a lot on flowers and plants! My hubby thinks it‘s a waste of taxpayers $$$$ but I love seeing all the flowers and trees❣️❣️❣️ 10mo
DivineDiana Lovely! 🌸🌺🌼 10mo
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nvhXesq
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My manager lent this to me. She was reading it a few months ago and mentioned it. In that conversation, we discovered we both love Jennifer Weiner. Then she left this on my desk. #nowreading #books #booksonloan #bookconvos #favauthors #jenniferweiner

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KathyWheeler
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While I mostly liked this memoir/essay collection about Jennifer Weiner's struggle to fit in and overcome loneliness while dealing with a complicated family life, I was really put off by her statement that Joan Didion was using the tragedies in her life to make a profit. It was a statement that reeks of the mean girls Weiner describes from her adolescence. Besides, what is Weiner doing in this book other than profiting off her own tragedies?

Notafraidofwords Exactly!?! 2y
mrozzz Well that's a good heads up. This has been on my shelf for awhile. 2y
KathyWheeler @mrozzz Another heads up for people who are sensitive to such things— her description of her miscarriage is very graphic. 2y
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mrozzz @KathyWheeler also good to know 2y
KathyWheeler @Notafraidofwords The Didion thing really angered me. It was completely uncalled for. (edited) 2y
Notafraidofwords @KathyWheeler I know. I thought that it came out of nowhere considering that she's writing a memoir about her childhood and making profit too. 2y
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KathyWheeler
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I've not been doing a very good job sticking to my TBR Bingo, but my library's Cloud Library had this available and I wanted to read it.

Joanne1 I've just discovered cloud library thanks to an assignment I did for my library course. It looks good, I've already borrowed a few titles. 2y
KathyWheeler @Joanne1 My public library uses 3 services for digital content -- Cloud Library, Hoopla, and OneClickDigital. I use them all because the content is so different on all of them. Cloud Library is generally my favorite for ebooks. 2y
Joanne1 @KathyWheeler mine has had borrowbox and overdrive for a while but this one is new. I'm all for using every available resource for free reading material. 2y
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Notafraidofwords
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Mehso-so

I picked this one up on a whim, because I've never read anything by her and because I like reading about the process of writing. But, I didn't love it. I found it to read like a collection of mismatch essays with uneven and clunky narratives. I learned a lot about her, but after a while found her to dig real deep in some areas and not dig deep enough in others. I'm interested in her work, but I'm not running to get it.

Notafraidofwords Oh and @ReadingEnvy - there's a solid three paragraphs in this book that basically calls out Didion for using the death of her daughter and husband to earn money. 2y
lisan.abq I hated this book precisely because of what she tweeted about Joan Didion. What kind of person would be so heartless, and then act like the injured party when people called her out on it? 2y
Notafraidofwords @lisan.abq yeah, I have to say she's pretty out there. I was shocked when I read it. 2y
ReadingEnvy @Notafraidofwords woah... That seems pretty unfair. Is this the Jennifer that always gets into it with Jonathan Franzen? I think they use the same marketing strategy. 2y
Notafraidofwords @ReadingEnvy yes!!!! I mean she didn't even dig into Franzen as much in this book. But, she did Didion. It was weird because this book was all about her abusive dad so is it not the same ? 2y
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dariazeoli
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I woke up this morning with Elton John in my head... not a bad soundtrack, you know? ☺

When I think of Philly, I think of Rocky. My parents are fans and so I am a born fan. Is there a Rocky book?

As far as books go, I associate Jennifer Weiner with the city. Her memoir was a good read! I don't always love her novels, but I read them faithfully.

Now, I need to get back to Philly and partake in the vegan food!

#rockinmay #philadelphiafreedom

Cinfhen #EyeoftheTiger 😍perfect🙌🏻 3y
DivineDiana Well, there's a Rocky steps Book! And the vegan food is exceptional! 3y
dariazeoli @DivineDiana I was so happy when I saw your post about it! 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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How on earth is this practically just-released book already at my local discount store for $3.99? Oh, and I grabbed a couple of other books from my TBR. Helped make my shit day (including this horrible healthcare bill) a little better. #bookhaul #happybibliophage

Hobbinol This health care bill 😡😤 3y
melbeautyandbooks Nice haul! This health care bill is anything but health care. As someone with several pre-existing conditions (that are in no way my fault), this really pissed me off. Holding out hope that the senate will make some changes before it's all said and done. 3y
kspenmoll Health care bill is a horrifying charade that could implode if Senate votes it in. On a better note, your book luck is wonderful!!! (edited) 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Hobbinol @melbeautyandbooks @kspenmoll We sure do have to keep fighting this bill. It's a nightmare! 🤢😡 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @melbeautyandbooks My husband and I are in the same boat. Lots of pre-existing conditions we couldn't have prevented. Plus as a small biz owner, we have no group plan available to us. It's so scary! (edited) 3y
melbeautyandbooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage - I'm sorry to hear that for y'all. It is scary! And what really pisses me off is that congress exempted themselves from their own BS new bill so they don't have to deal with these issues. 😡 3y
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jenada
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😂😂😂😂❤️❤️❤️❤️

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jenada
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Of course, that isn't true. There is no magic weight, no magic size, no magic number on the scale where, as soon as you got it, confetti rains down and a band starts to play and hidden doors slide open and Daniel Craig walks through them to lift you in his arms (because, thin as you are, he totally can) and carry you into the life of uninterrupted bliss that you just know could be yours, if only you wore a size two dress. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 LOVE her!

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jenada
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When you find your obsession somewhere else 😎

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jenada
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After finishing Everything, Everything in two days I needed a palette cleanser ;) wasn't feeling another fiction novel (plus I have way too many to choose from) so this book it is. From the little bit I've read so far it couldn't come at a better time for me ❤️

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witchyreader13
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I grabbed this from the library on a whim since her novels are on my TBR pile but I've never read any. I found her weight struggles, love of reading & love of her family completely relatable. She's a strong individual with a lot to say. 'Good in Bed' will be bumped higher up my reading list.

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Ebarr
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I'm not saying there's not a bracket #MemoirMarch #MarchMadness

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BBooks
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"Fall down, get hurt, get up again."

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Denisereads75
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this memoir as the author dives into many deep issues from her life. Her father was loving and kind when she was young but mental illness and drug addiction turns him into a stranger. She speaks about that loss, her relationship with both her mother and grandmother. Her issues with weight and sexism. I was most interested in reading how she began her writing career. It is definitely a great read!

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dariazeoli
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#17booklove Day 24 - #heartinthetitle

I enjoyed this book, and as a bonus I can't help but get the Springsteen song stuck in my head whenever it's referenced. ❤

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KateSchaferTesterman
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This. Exactly this. I remember the shame in middle school of showing up in the wrong jacket. It may have looked like Members Only, but the brand name was WRONG.

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awishman
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#readJanuary #2016booksyoumissedouton

Here are two titles I was really excited for in 2016 that I didn't manage to read yet.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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Finally putting my Goodreads #aroundtheyearin52books plan post up

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MelodyJones
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Struggling! Love JW and I love reading her story but I'm 13% in and keep putting it down. I feel like the book is a big old F U to her critics whom suggest women's lit isn't really "literature". As though she is proving that she is just as smart or smarter than said critics. Wiener is highly intelligent - she doesn't have anything to prove to any of us.

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MaleficentBookDragon
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I hear this now in my head, as a mantra.

mcipher I hear "Everything is okay in its own little way" from a Unicorns song when I need to feel okay. Too funny what sticks! 3y
monkeygirlsmama And I hear Tubthumping's... "I get knocked down, but I get up again. You're never gonna keep me down." ? 3y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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My morning. ❤️ ❤️❤️ my new Clue mug!!!!!

Owlizabeth I love it!! 3y
Broke_Girl_Reads That mug is fantastic 3y
sprainedbrain Omg I ❤️ the mug!! 3y
LauraBrook Omg, that mug is everything! Where did you get it? ❤️Clue 3y
MaleficentBookDragon @LauraBrook My sister found it on Facebook. We LOVE that movie and this is one of our favorite scenes. https://teechip.com. (edited) 3y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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First #audiobook of 2017! I prefer memoirs, non fiction, and comedy as audiobooks. I saw this at Barnes n Noble the other day. I'm surprised there was no wait list on #overdrive.

RiotMom Ooooo I didn't hear about this! I love her writing! 3y
Suetara I really enjoyed this one. 3y
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Karenne

To those following me: Thank you! I have been reading a lot, and will be sharing soon!

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Hooked_on_books
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Good in Bed spoke so strongly to me and I have gobbled JW's books since then. This is a lovely memoir of linked essays which is by turns poignant, light, dark, funny, challenging, and heartfelt. Anyone who has struggled to fit in will find something to relate to here.

TheCanuckReader About 3/4 through this one now.Been a fan since her first book 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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Oh, I really like this:

"Activists aren't here to make friends. We are here to say the things you don't want to hear, to smack you in the face with inconvenient truths, to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, to force the world to improve."

Great food for thought, especially as I work my way through bell hooks' essays, which definitely smack one in the face.

rachelm 💚💚💚💚💚 3y
Notafraidofwords I agree with this. You know often times I will hear someone say "it's not good to alienate the white person from the cause of equality because the effect of that can be that we won't help at all." & I get it. But shouldn't the help come because equality is what we need, because injustice shouldn't occur- because it's the right thing to do. 3y
cathysaid ❤️ Wiesel 3y
Hooked_on_books @Notafraidofwords I think you have it exactly right. I've been struggling with some aspects of Killing Rage because they do make me uncomfortable, and this quote from Weiner really drives home the point that they're supposed to. Now it's my job to respond in a positive way instead of turning away. 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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"Last summer, a writer…revealed that querying six literary agents under a male name netted her five responses (including three requests to see the manuscript) within twenty-four hours, while the exact same letter, sent fifty times under her own name, had gotten a total of just two invitations to send her manuscript."

Well is that crap or what? ?

Eyelit 😡 3y
Foxyfictionista It's disheartening. I hope to get my manuscript into shape so that I can send it off to publishers next year. Imagine my trepidation: I've written a fantasy novel and my name is Buffy. (And no, there are no vampires in it.) Should be interesting... 3y
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Suet624 That's ridiculous. 3y
tricours 😳 3y
Beckys_Books 💩😠 3y
Hooked_on_books @Foxyfictionista I will hope for you that because it's fantasy, your name will work in your favor. I'm in a male dominated field and experience sexism frequently. It's beyond frustrating. Good luck with the book! 3y
Foxyfictionista @Hooked_on_books I'm also in a male dominated field. It's crazy though because my company is amazing. The younger guys are a bit sexist but they're really good-natured and it comes from ignorance rather than malice. I'm also old enough that I can slow their roll. The older guys are aces. I feel really lucky. Thanks for the good wishes! I'll probably just use my initials and surname. ☺️ 3y
WordWaller Oh my god 😡😡😡😡 3y
Robothugs This is a sad truth. I read about this before. I believe I also read somewhere about J.K. Rowling and that's why she has her name written that way - can't tell if it's male or female, but you'd assume male. I believe it being a male author also has a statistic with consumers... I wish I could find the article I read to share it... 3y
Hooked_on_books @Robothugs If you do track down that article, I'd definitely be interested in reading it. She mentions JK in here as well as George Eliot and other women who disguised their gender to get published. Ridiculous that anyone would have to resort to that! 3y
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Readingrobin
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I love a good memoir and this did not disappoint! Jennifer Weiner has a compelling personal story that has heartbreaking elements which clearly inform her writing. If you're a fan of her fiction, you will enjoy this.

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BookishShelly
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So excited to get all this as part of a Jennifer Weiner Facebook giveaway. And really looking forward to Hungry Heart since I love memoirs and have been a Jennifer Weiner fan for awhile.

britt_brooke Wow, nice!! 3y
Jnine57 Congrats! 3y
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dariazeoli
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As an ethical vegan who has thought a lot about how to spark change in how we use and treat animals, this rings true to me. Activists - no matter their cause - must speak up and speak out. If we don't, change doesn't come.

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dariazeoli
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I skipped part of kindergarten when I moved to a new school. By that time, I was already "taking" first grade reading. My social awkwardness started early!

When I woke up at 3 am, I wasn't expecting this little epiphany. Hm.

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Readingrobin
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Nice change of pace from what I've been reading lately. It's always interesting to me when I learn what has motivated or inspired an author I've read.

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BookishMarginalia
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At our happy place @TheBookmarkPR for #shopsmall #getindie 💜💙💜

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CatchMyBookBreath
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"Fall down seven, stand up eight" is one of my life mottos.

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CatchMyBookBreath
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I looooooove this book and have a newfound love for Jennifer Weiner! i could go on about her humor and finally honed insights on life, but there's one unique aspect I LOVE the most. She explorers what it means to be a reader, which is so rare. If you're on this site, you'll love this book!

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TomesandTequila
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Finally finished Jennifer Weiner's memoir Hungry Heart. I'm not sure why it took me so long to read it. My biggest issue was having just read the anniversary edition of Good In Bed, which was heavily based on her life. Portions felt like I had just read them. But I think it was a solid memoir of a writer who has always struggled with her weight.

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Canuckmum
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I really enjoyed this book. So much resonated with me- parenting, miscarriage, and feminism. Her relationship with her dad is tough to read about.

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JenniferJR
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"When you're sad and lonely where you are, it only makes sense that you do whatever you could to get some place else. That was what books were for me. My lifeline, my oxygen when I was underwater, my escape. #hungryheart

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BookishClaire
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Thanks for the free galleys, Politics and Prose!

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irre
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Honest and funny memoir. 3.5 🌟

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Rhondareads
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A Lovely Shelf Awareness win signed by Jennifer sharing her life the good the bad& the ugly.😀