Good in Bed


Author: Jennifer Weiner

Title: Good in Bed

Genre: Women’s lives and Relationships, Chick-lit

Publication Date: 2001

Number of Pages: 375

Geographical setting: Philadelphia, California

Time Period: Modern day

Plot Summary: Twenty eight year old Cannie Shapiro, an entertainment writer at a Philadelphia newspaper, is Jewish, on a break from her boyfriend and overweight. The boyfriend becomes a full “x” after his new job has him writing for a women’s magazine about his past relationship with her, imitate details too. She now finds herself single, quite overweight and remembering the past hurt she felt from the other man who was in her life, her father. She begins a new weight loss program, but finds out that she will be gaining a lot of weight in her belly in the next 9 months, forcing her to leave the program, but not without a new friend first. The future is unsure for Cannie but with the help from her lesbian mother, friends(especially a new famous one) and her dog, Cannie will try to get her life back together, but not before facing her father, her “x” , her own feelings, and another near disaster.

Subject Headings: Women–Relationships; Women–Failed relationships; Jewish women; Women–Friendships; Working women; Single women; Single women–Pregnancy; Family issues; Father issues.

Appeal: leisurely pace, strong characters, eccentric characters, strong secondary characters, well developed characters, character centered, domestic, issue oriented, plot twists, multiple plot lines, contemporary, candid mood, gentle, heartwarming, accessible language, candid, chatty, colorful, direct, simple, open-ended.

Red Flags: Some offensive language, description of sexual acts, some drug use.

Suggested Fiction

Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes. Character centered, strong secondary characters, heartwarming.

The Mommy Club by Sarah Bird. Strong Characters, issued oriented, multiple plot lines.

Baby Proof by Emily Griffin. Issue oriented, well drawn characters, plot twist.

Suggested non-Fiction

The Magic Touch: A Jewish Approach to Relationships by Gila Manolson. The book will allow the reader to see how Jewish women approach relationships and how they deal with marriage and dating, both differently and similarly, than non Jews.

Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship by Mira Kirshenbaum. A guide for those who don’t know what to do when it comes time to make a decision about the future of a relationship. This book will help the reader with these often confusing decisions.

The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker. This is the humorous story about the author, who for 16 years tried everything to become skinny. She finally gave up and embraced herself for who she is and points out why heavy girls are as beautiful as a girl who is a size 2.

John B.


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