Jennifer Weiner wowed critics and readers with Good in Bed -- a savvy debut that took "chick lit" to new heights. Fans fell in love with the heroine, Cannie -- a zaftig entertainment journalist who could give any of the Sex and the City girls a run for their stilettos. When In Her Shoes was adapted into a Hollywood hit, and Goodnight, Nobody hit the bestseller list, Weiner officially transcended One Hit Wonder status.
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Date of Birth:
March 28, 1970
Place of Birth:
De Ridder, Louisiana
B.A., Princeton University, 1991
Jennifer Weiner's official web site
|At the Movies|
|In Her Shoes|
Jennifer Weiner, Greer Hendricks (Editor)
Weiner's second bestselling novel is enjoying a second stint in the spotlight, having been adapted for the silver screen by L.A. Confidential director Curtis Hanson. The story follows the close but codependent relationship between dowdy, dependable Rose Feller (played by Toni Colette of Muriel's Wedding fame) and and her gorgeous, out-of-control sister, Maggie (played by box office princess Cameron Diaz). As children, they lost their mother -- and contact with eccentric grandmother, Ella. Twenty years later, they come together to heal the past as they look toward the future.
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|A Discussion with the Author|
|"I wrote this book in large part because motherhood was so much harder than I thought it would be, Weiner revealed on the message board during her November 2004 Online Reading Group discussion on Little Earthquakes. "If I could inspire readers, or send them away with any kind of message, it would be this: don't be disappointed if your baby doesn't bring you all the unmitigated bliss that the movies promised; don't be hard on yourself if you find that although you love your baby you miss the life you had, and know that whatever choices you make as a mother, and as a woman, they're fine."|
|Weiner's Reading Recommendations|
|What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal|
In our interview with Weiner, we asked her to tell us about some of her favorite reads. "This book is as unsettling as an ice cube dropped down your back on a ninety-degree day," Weiner said of Zoë Heller's buzzed-about novel, What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal.
|The Mists of Avalon|
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Weiner also recommended Marion Zimmer Bradley's classic fantasy The Mists of Avalon, calling it a "sprawling generational saga with feminist underpinnings. You'll never think of Camelot the same way again." Read on to learn more about Weiner's reading recommendations, including: