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by Jenny Gardiner
 

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Abbie Jennings is Manhattan's top food critic until her expanding waistline makes staying incognito at restaurants impossible. Her cover blown on Page Six of the New York Post, her editor has no choice but to bench her-and suggest she use the time off to bench-press her way back to anonymity. Abbie's life has been built around her career, and therefore around

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Abbie Jennings is Manhattan's top food critic until her expanding waistline makes staying incognito at restaurants impossible. Her cover blown on Page Six of the New York Post, her editor has no choice but to bench her-and suggest she use the time off to bench-press her way back to anonymity. Abbie's life has been built around her career, and therefore around celebrating food. Forced to drop the pounds if she wants her primo gig back, Abbie must peel back the layers of her past and confront the fears that have led to her current life. PRAISE FOR SLIM TO NONE: "Satisfying as a Thanksgiving dinner at Mom's... Jenny Gardiner's heroine gives us a sarcastic but provocative look at our love-hate relationship with food. You'll eat this up in one sitting. - AD Hudler, bestselling author of Househusband and Man of the House With a strong yet delightfully vulnerable voice, food critic Abbie Jennings embarks on a soulful journey where her love for banana cream pie and disdain for ill-fitting Spanx clash in hilarious and heartbreaking ways. As her body balloons and her personal life crumbles, Abbie must face the pain and secret fears she's held inside for far too long.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781518611223
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/27/2015
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Gardiner is the author of the novel Sleeping with Ward Cleaver. Her writing has appeared in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post, and NPR's Day to Day, and she has a column of humorous slice-of-life essays that runs in the Charlottesville, VA Daily Progress. Jenny lives in central Virginia with her husband, three kids, two dogs, one cat, and, of course, a gregarious parrot.

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Slim to None 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a wonderful underlying message in the story. It really hit home for me in relation to her life long affair with food. I will be reading this book again.
gaele More than 1 year ago
My first encounter with this author, and this foodie coming to grips story was engaging, if difficult at times.  And  the whole reason for the difficulty was Abbie herself.  A food critic, she has thrown her entire being into food, and found herself in the midst of a crisis.  Outed as a food critic at a new spot, then photos splashed over all the newspapers in town, Abbie is unable to continue critique, as a large portion of that position requires on her anonymity. So, without her dream job and grossly overweight, Abbie has some hard truths to face in her life.  What emerges is a slow and often painful journey for Abbie as she comes to grips with her life, with all of the  anger and hurt that she buried under food, her relationship with her husband and her battles with dieting. Abbie was hard to like at first: she was funny in that self-deprecating way, but her defensive posturing about her  weight, and her self-delusions about weight, her husband and her career were frustrating. But, in some ways,  you get it: those are scary ideas to contemplate, and she’d always run from issues and buried them beneath  clotted cream and butter.  A few small changes and walking her dog, as well as insight from a homeless man she befriended with gifts of warm meals has Abbie seeing some chances for change. No longer the premiere critic in New York, she takes  her newly assigned column to detail her struggles with weight and diets, and finds an audience.   A  newer version of the Abbie we first meet emerges: one that is gaining in confidence as she settles old issues  from her past, and find what truly matters to her. It’s more than a food story (although there are some wonderful  recipes) but one of growth and searching for happiness, taking those chances to find what you truly love, and embracing it. With wonderful secondary characters, several moments of laughter and a few of tears, this story is engaging. Abbie could be any person who struggles with weight, or old unsolved issues from childhood, and those issues as well as her struggle feel honest and real, making her a flawed, if wholly relatable woman.  I received an eBook copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for  this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the main character in this book and felt invested in the story. I would definitely recommend this book.
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