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Good in Bed (2001)

by Jennifer Weiner

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Series: Cannie Shapiro (1)

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Essere una donna abbondante non è molto semplice oggigiorno, soprattutto se una persona tende a non chiudersi a riccio e cerca di vivere la vita in maniera partecipativa con il resto del mondo. La società impone certi canoni estetici e non rispettarli, per scelta o per cause di forze maggiori, comporta sempre un prezzo da pagare.
Per Connie, la protagonista del romanzo Brava a Letto di Jennifer Weiner, essere abbondante non era mai stato un grosso problema. A parte le solite amarezze adolescenziali sul come si vorrebbe tanto indossare quella minigonna o quell’adorabile vestito fasciante, per Connie il proprio peso non aveva mai rappresentato un deficit così invalidante dal limitarla nella vita di tutti i giorni. Fidanzata da anni, solare, simpatica, piena d’amici e dal carattere forte, la sua vita sembra andare avanti a gonfie vele, almeno fino a quando Bruce, il suo quasi ex-fidanzato giornalista, non decide di mettere in piazza la loro vita sessuale.
“Brava aletto. Amare una donna abbondante”. Il titolo della nuova rubrica di Bruce getta letteralmente in pasto alle chiacchiere la vita privata di Connie, e il confronto con chi la conosce, o la conoscerà da lì in avanti, sarà inevitabile. La chiusura, già ponderata da tempo da parte di Connie per altri motivi, sarà il passo successivo, e da quel momento per la protagonista inizierà un periodo riabilitativo fatto di incertezze, dolori, insicurezze, diete, paure e bruschi risvegli.
La terapia per dimagrire, i problemi da troppo tempo ignorati, il pentimento sulla rottura con Bruce, la porteranno verso un vortice di problemi che la Weiner tratta con tutta la leggerezza tipica di un chick-lit, ma con la delicatezza che necessitano questi argomenti, sentiti da moltissime donne. La nostra Connie, un misto fra Bridget Jones e Ally MacBeal, con il peso di entrambe messe insieme, affronta tutta una serie di problematiche che la maggior parte (tutte?) le donne grasse debbono affrontare: discriminazioni, compatimenti e incertezze. Non si ama più da quando ha rotto con Bruce, o probabilmente non si è mai amata.
Andando avanti con il romanzo, apparirà chiaro per le lettrici che l’amore ritrovato dopo la rottura verso Bruce non fosse che frutto del vortice di paure che sembravano aver avviluppato Connie, inclusa la paura di restare sola, che può portare una donna a compiere uno degli errori più gravi che si possa mai compiere: accontentarsi.
Perché puntare a qualcosa di più? Perché aspirare a qualcosa di meglio e non accontentarsi? Dopotutto chi potrebbe mai amare qualcuno di così grasso?

Connie, piano piano, inizierà a prendere coscienza dei propri limiti, ma anche dei suoi punti di forza e della sua bellezza, che non può essere certo quantificata in kg persi o da perdere. E sarà la scoperta di essere in dolce attesa che la spingerà a velocità supersonica verso la risalita e la guarigione. Non potrà più tentennare e crogiolarsi nell’autocommiserazione, una nuova vita le sta crescendo dentro e sta a Connie il dovere di prendersene cura imparando a volersi bene e ad accettarsi veramente. Testarda, forte solare e abbondante com’è. Nonché bellissima.
Nonostante sia un romanzo da ombrellone, come è stato più volte definito, la bellezza di questo romanzetto sta proprio nel saper affascinare e trasmettere messaggi importantissimi solamente a chi ha gli occhi, il cuore e la mente abbastanza aperti da sapervi leggere qualcosa oltre le avventure di una donna soprappeso simpatica e pasticciona.
La scrittura della Weinar è brillante, fresca e scorrevole; ugualmente i dialoghi, che sono accattivanti, divertenti e ben dosati. Il romanzo scorre bene, in equilibrio fra momenti comici e seri, mentre accompagniamo Connie lungo tutta la sua tragicomica avventura. Un lungo volo di Fenice, che rinasce dalle sue stesse ceneri per tornare al volo più forte e bella di prima.
Sicuramente molto autentico, ma anche scherzoso e ironico quanto basta per rendere una argomento, in genere piuttosto doloroso per molte donne, a prova di risolini. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |

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Cannie has a great personality. I love reading the words that come out of her mouth, the witty come backs and the down-to-earth delivery. She's a real people person. She's full-figured but doesn't let it slow her down. On the outside she is confident and full of life, but she does feel the barbs of plus-sized life on the inside. I like her realness.
I adored this story. It made me laugh and tear up, and it touched me deeply. It covers so many issues like weight, marriage, pregnancy, depression, parent-child relationships, gay family members, break ups, jobs and just a little of everything in a woman's life these days. The feeling is often light and occasionally heavy. It's inspiring, entertaining and delivered with a special oomph that's missing from some books. Good in Bed is a must read.


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  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |

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Cannie has a great personality. I love reading the words that come out of her mouth, the witty come backs and the down-to-earth delivery. She's a real people person. She's full-figured but doesn't let it slow her down. On the outside she is confident and full of life, but she does feel the barbs of plus-sized life on the inside. I like her realness.
I adored this story. It made me laugh and tear up, and it touched me deeply. It covers so many issues like weight, marriage, pregnancy, depression, parent-child relationships, gay family members, break ups, jobs and just a little of everything in a woman's life these days. The feeling is often light and occasionally heavy. It's inspiring, entertaining and delivered with a special oomph that's missing from some books. Good in Bed is a must read.


***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

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  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
I picked up Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner from Netgalley because it is been recommended to me as a modern classic. It was originally published in 2001. I was 39 years old in 2001. I wish it would have crossed my radar then instead of discovering it at age 54. While only 5' 2 1/2", I am considered a larger woman, a plus size woman, rubenesque, or according to health standards obese. That is how I had thought of myself and like Cannie, the main character in Good in Bed, that was the first and sometimes only attribute I saw in myself: fat.

Cannie, the heroine of Good in Bed, learns that her weight is not who she is or what she is. She learns through hard experiences and the love of her family and her friends. There is a huge wall she has to break down to believe in herself. The wall was built by her son of a bitch father who told her at age 12 she was fat and no one would ever love her. In the novel, as in life, karma does not always show up when it should so we do not get to see Cannie's father suffer as he made her suffer or ever acknowledge that he has caused any pain to her or her siblings. If karma was a character, the man would have lost everything he held dear, twice.

Cannie is single and dealing with an ex-boyfriend who wrote an article about loving the larger woman. It humiliates Cannie because although she is not named in the article, only referred to by her first initial, everyone who knows her or the ex know the article is about her. She reminds me a lot of me at that age, late twenties. Although I was already married by then, I still had no confidence in how I looked. My self worth was very much tied to how I perceived others saw me.

The book is excellent. The characters are fully formed, not two dimensional, even the side characters. The dialogue flows like a normal conversation. Cannie does not need a man or a diet to rescue her and make her complete. I wish I had discovered this book when I was younger. It really opened my eyes about how I still see myself. ( )
  nhalliwell | Nov 13, 2016 |
Jennifer Weiner said this was her favorite of the books she has written.

The best is that it is funny and well-written, notably the non-PC Bruce Good in Bed columns.

What isn't so great to read are the repeating obsessive thoughts and conversations about
good Old Bruce (ended up simply skipping those parts), as well the eating of those cruel foods - veal and foie gras -
and the foray into too perfect Hollywood endings with too good to be true Maxi. ( )
  m.belljackson | Nov 10, 2016 |
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Epigraph
Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft
And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
Long fallen wide. You can see how it was:
Look at the pictures and the cutlery.
The music in the piano stool. That vase.
--Philip Larkin
Love is nothing, nothing, nothing like they say
--Liz Phair
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For my family
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743418174, Paperback)

For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She's even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.

But the day she opens up a national women's magazine and sees the words "Loving a Larger Woman" above her ex-boyfriend's byline, Cannie is plunged into misery...and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.

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Humiliated to discover that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their sex life in a series of articles called "Loving a Larger Woman" in a popular women's magazine, journalist Cannie Shapiro embarks on an adventure-filled odyssey as she confronts her losses, makes peace with the past, and comes to terms with herself.… (more)

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