Hungry Heart Adventures in Life Love and Writing 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

  • Title: Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing
  • Author: Jennifer Weiner
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  • Page: 359
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  • 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 outsiShe 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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    1. Jennifer Weiner is the only novelist I follow on Twitter. Out of the many hundreds of books I've loved, very few authors have given me the sense of familiarity she did with "Good In Bed", which tempted me to pull back the curtain and risk revealing her to be someone I couldn't stand. After a few years of tweets, I'm delighted to discover I like her even more, so I was thrilled to hear (on Twitter, obv!) that not only had she written a memoir, but that I would be receiving an advance copy. "Hungr [...]

    2. This is a fun collection of essays from author Jennifer Weiner. She talks about her awkward childhood, her strained relationship with her father, her quirky mother, her struggles with weight and overeating, how she got her start in journalism and later, how she started writing novels. There's also an interesting essay on the experience of getting one of her books made into a movie ("In Her Shoes" which featured Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine), but my favorite pieces discussed her run-ins with [...]

    3. I hadn't realized how prolific Jennifer Weiner has become over the last fifteen years. To me she's always been, "That author who wrote two books I really, really liked, and a bunch that I didn't care too much about, so I stopped reading her stuff, but I feel pretty confident recommending her books to certain readers." Apparently she not only live tweets about The Bachelor, she writes columns for The New York Times, and pieces for all kinds of magazines, and I had no idea about any of it!She also [...]

    4. I've read a lot of Jennifer Weiners novels and loved them all. This is the first non fiction book of hers that I've read and I loved it! It's wonderful, honest and candid. Jennifer is very open about her life.One of my favorite parts begins on page 250 and is called A Few Words About Bodies. "Give other women compliments. Learn to accept compliments with grace, not self-deprecation." "Do not postpone life until ten pounds from now Putting off joy until you're the right size could mean you'll nev [...]

    5. So this was a very weird book to read. I liked it, didn't love it, and don't really see myself re-reading this for years to come like I will other memoirs written by Roxanne Gay, Jenny Lawson and Mindy Kaling.I think for me, this book jumped around way too much to get a good handle on things. Plus, Weiner mixed mediums in here. We get part memoir and then she throws in a short story I think that she wrote about her sister and her when they went to visit their grandmother, then it's part commenta [...]

    6. Hang on, this was good. I'll deal with the chick lit aspect farther down.Weiner writes about growing up overweight and socially rejected, or feeling that way, with parents who have some issues for reasons that maybe or maybe don't become clear. She grew up Jewish in Connecticut, but far from her extended family in Detroit and her family was pretty well off until her father cut out and ran and went bankrupt. But she had a plan, become a journalist, maybe like Nora Ephron, write a novel by age 30, [...]

    7. An uneven memoir that chronicles the author's life as a writer, a wife and mother, and mostly a lonely fat girl, a topic that comes up repeatedly. At times her wit comes off callous, like the teenaged mean girls who never let her sit at their table. Her weight is focused on more than the relationship with her father, both of which scarred her and shaped her entire life. But her empathy for other afflictions, noticeably the complete dismissal of a peer's confessed trauma of teenaged acne, is frus [...]

    8. Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writin - Jennifer Weiner I've enjoyed a couple of Weiner's books, but more than her storytelling, I really admire her activism. I lost patience with people ragging on women's writing and writing for women a couple of decades ago. And don't get me started on genre snobbery. I READ POPULAR BOOKS. And so does every highbrow apologist, because the only writings that have survived from previous centuries, let alone millennia, were POPULAR. And it is my beli [...]

    9. I don't now why I picked this book up. I usually like autobiographies. I've read one of her fiction books and I didn't like that one either. I didn't feel there was any purpose to this. enlightenment, no lessons. I didn't feel like this was a person I needed to know about. I know that sounds mean. (I just broke one of my own rules regarding autobiography reviews. Sorry.) It was just hard to relate to this woman.

    10. I have read many ofWeiner's novels, so I thought I'd enjoy her essays and personal memoir-type chapters. At first, I did. However, by the fourth or fifth chapter that focused on her obsessions with food, her weight/appearance, others' reactions to same, and other related topics, I was bored and disgusted. Too much about the same topics: this book needed a better editor. Not only did Weiner decide to have a dangerous surgical intervention (bariatric surgery) that helped her get and may (or may no [...]

    11. A more complete review is available on my blog:reviewsofbooksonmynightstand.bWhen I added this book to by to my TBR list, I thought it would be a similar memoir to Jen Lancaster's memoirs. Lancaster is funny, relate-able and endlessly entertaining. Reviews described Weiner's memoir as funny and compared her work to that of Tina Fey's (of which I did find funny). I did not see that as the case with this memoir. About 70% of this book is about Weiner's childhood and early adulthood. It is entertai [...]

    12. A special thank you to Atria and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Love the cover!We all fell in love with Jennifer Weiner'sfictional stories; from her very first book to the present. Her signature wit and honesty once again gives readers an inside look at the talented author (the woman behind the words) and her incredible journey. A total reveal.A huge Weiner fan, having read all her entertaining books, HUNGRY HEARTfurther reiterates the author’s passion and talent. Where [...]

    13. Whenever I finish a book, I am usually good about jumping on the computer the same day and posting a review, or at least my rating. With this book, I had to take a while and noodle it over. On one hand the book felt like a good readbut the other hand had this nagging doubt that I couldn't put my finger on. I am a fan of Good in Bed, and I have read a couple of other books of Weiner's and enjoyed them. I have quite a few sitting on my bookshelves at home that I need to read (one day). I also enjo [...]

    14. It isn't often that I cry at the end of a memoir--or in the middle of it--but with Hungry Heart, I did. Although Jennifer Weiner began life in affluence, her father abandoned the family as Jennifer began her second year at university. She was pulled out of line and sent to the bursar's office where she learned her tuition had not been paid. With her mother's help, she got student loans that would last for the next several decades. She also got a second job and learned to survive. With her fellow [...]

    15. Jennifer Weiner changed my life before I ever read her books. During the fall of 2004 I reluctantly attended one of her readings. Subsequently, I was hypnotized by her charm, her wit, and her story of becoming a bestselling novelist. She inspired and motivated me that evening. A few days later I enrolled at a local community college. A few years later I graduated from a local university. All because of that chance encounter.Since then I have enjoyed several of her novels (Good in Bed and Fly Awa [...]

    16. 4.5 stars and Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this for a review. I love Jennifer Weiner's books. I have read most of them, all fiction and was happy to hear she was putting out some essays. I honestly adored most of this book but there were some parts that I wasn't as thrilled with. The parts specifically aren't important because with any collection whether it's memoir or short stories there might be stuff that you don't love. So what i DID love about this book was her honesty and he [...]

    17. Jennifer Weiner's memoir is a detailed glimpse into her life that starts when she is a young child all the way to present day. Readers get to know Jennifer as a precocious child living in her Connecticut hometown; she has always felt out of place though and skipping a grade only made this much more challenging for her socially. Plus, she never felt like she fit in since she wasn't slim and classically pretty like her sister and her family was a bit quirky, not to mention Jewish, which, apparentl [...]

    18. I enjoyed this book of non-fiction by Jennifer Weiner almost as much as I enjoy her fiction, if that's even possible. In both formats, she writes with honesty and humor about society's fixation on women's looks and size and how it affects women who don't measure up (or down). She discusses her writing and having a film made from her second book, In Her Shoes. ( I HAD to rent and watch this right away to see her and her grandmother's parts as extras as well the scenes shot in her home town, Phila [...]

    19. I absolutely loved this memoir. It's funny, insightful, honest, raw, and oh did I mention funny? Jennifer Weiner tackles weighty issues like body image, feminism, the publishing world, parenthood, family, drug addiction, sexual orientation, divorce, social media, and more with humor, grace and depth. At times, I wanted to wrap my arms around her and rock her like a baby telling her it would all be okay. At other times, I wanted to high-five her. But most of the time, I wanted to sit down with he [...]

    20. Ugh, I think she is the original mean girl. I think I have maybe read two of her books quite a while ago, never realized how autobiographical they were, and don't follow her on social media so didn't realize what was in store. This came up as a recommended title on my kindle right before I got on a cross country flight, so I was in a position of reading this or nothing. Not only was there a lot of repetition of the same anecdotes, but I found myself disengaging from her more and more with every [...]

    21. Although I love her books, this one made me want to tell her to not be so catty and stop playing the victim. Yep, bad stuff happened. Although the tone tried to be "see what I've become " , it was more whiny.

    22. Three stars feels perhaps a little too low, but at times this book felt like drudgery to get through, I think because it’s not entirely chronological. The overarching arc does move through Weiner’s life in order, but she jumps around a lot within each individual “essay” to reminisce or reflect on other times of her life. At times this got a little confusing, too. That being said, Weiner is hilarious and I laughed out loud many times while reading this book, and even kept reading little b [...]

    23. This was a very mixed bag for me. I really like Jennifer Weiner, and have since forever; I actually think her nonfiction writing is even more compelling than her fiction, especially her latest very mediocre efforts.Some of the essays in this book were absolutely riveting. Could-not-put-the-book-down riveting. And others were waaaay more meh. I would say that the riveting stuff was the family stuff. She's a really good writer about her family, frankly. The stuff about her momd about her sister's [...]

    24. I've always enjoyed the work of Jennifer Weiner, so I was excited to read her first work of nonfiction and something a little more personal. Wow. I just finished this late last night, and didn't want it to end.I could share quotes from this book all day, but I'll leave you with this one and tell you to pick up a copy of your own ASAP: "Love your bodies for what they can do. Remember that you've climbed mountains, swum across ponds, collected bucketsful of clams, balanced on bicycles and paddlebo [...]

    25. I've been a fan of Jennifer Weiner since I read her first book, Good in Bed. I enjoy her fiction and enjoy following her on Twitter. What I appreciate the most is her honesty in this new collection of essays about bits and pieces of her life. She did not hold anything back, knowing that the world could see and read all about her failures and successes. There were a few times I laughed out loud, especially as she describes being a first-time mother with a newborn. Been there, sister. Thank you, J [...]

    26. I've been trying to figure out how to put into words what I just listened to. How do i describe all of the feelings I have right now? I'm going to write this in hopes that Jennifer will one day read it.Jennifer, you are my hero. I am so sorry you had to experience some of the awful things you've had to deal with. I've come to figure out, in life, that those things are what form the person we eventually become. And you chose to turn them into something positive instead of wallowing in them. I wou [...]

    27. I enjoyed reading Jennifer Weiner's essays and learning more about her life. She's relatable, her writing is accessible, and her sense of humor always shines through. I follow her on Twitter, where her snarky tweets about The Bachelor and everything else are gold. She's not afraid to speak up about body shaming, chick lit getting its due, and sexism in the literary world; we need a voice like hers.

    28. I didn't love this book. I think that Jennifer Weiner is a great fiction writer, but that doesn't always translate to non-fiction and memoirs for some authors. For me, her memoir didn't have anything that merited its own story. I prefer her making characters similar to her life in her novels rather than the memoir.

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