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Good In Bed: A Novel

by Jennifer Weiner

Washington Square Press | April 2, 2002 | Trade Paperback

Good In Bed: A Novel is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 40.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner, a novel that's "funny, fanciful, extremely poignant and rich with insight" (The Boston Globe).

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: April 2, 2002

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743418174

ISBN - 13: 9780743418171

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A lot of issues are dealt with 3.5 stars Cannie wanted to take a break from her 3 year relationship with Bruce. Until Bruce, a reporter/editorialist, writes about Cannie in the paper and describes what it's like to love a “larger” woman. Suddenly, Cannie is having some trouble dealing with this, as all her friends and family recognize that the article is about her. I actually did identify with Cannie for the first half of the book (at least with her emotions, but not necessarily her actions!), and because of that, I liked the first half of the book better. A lot of issues are dealt with in this book, which made it interesting, as well. Overall, I liked the book.
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written and relateable This was the first book I read from Jennifer Weiner. I was not disappointed at all! I did find that in the middle there was a bit of unnecessary details but, the story sucks you in and I coudn't put this book down! The main character is relateable in so many different ways, and the relationships are very real stories. This was an incredible story, and cannot wait to pick up more from this author.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo good! I really could put this book down! It was amazing!! I recognized myself in Cannie and she is soo funny! I recommended it!
Date published: 2012-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great "Chick Lit" This was one of those books that I could not put down. Cannie is a very likable, funny character. I found there was a section of the book that was quite dark & deep that I did not expect, but for the most part it was an enjoyable read!
Date published: 2010-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, loved this book! I truly enjoyed this book and its sequel. Treat yourself to an evening with Jennifer Weiner.
Date published: 2010-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from wasn't bad Reading this book was hard. I couldnt realate to the characters at all, I felt that it was all over the place and some of the parts didnt make sense. I wouldn't reccomend anyone to read this personally. Hopefully her other books arent as bad...
Date published: 2009-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from enjoyed it! I really enjoyed this book - Certain Girls is the sequel - not as good but still worth ready.
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good In Bed; Great. Couldn't put it down from the first chapter....Cannie is a real character that you can relate to.
Date published: 2008-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Broke my heart But was wonderful. I could relate to this story on many different levels, and I cried while reading it. Ms. Weiner is a wonderful author. I plan on reading her other novels, as well.
Date published: 2008-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from surprising It took me a while before I really began to relate to the characters in this book. I just didn't feel like it was grabbing me. Once I got going though, I really enjoyed the story and was rooting for Cannie through the entire ordeal. She really became a memorable character!
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was my first tast of Jennifer Weiner and I have read everything since. This book is simply wonderful. Weiner has a way of writing a book that is funny, cute, and meaninful too. It's like chick-lit with some guts.
Date published: 2008-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic!! I just finished Good in Bed and I loved it. Weiner did a fantastic job with the main character Cannie. She is so easy to relate to and is a very real character. I am now reading the sequel Certain Girls and it seems that it will be another amazing novel from Weiner. I recommend both books to any girl, both young and old!
Date published: 2008-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best! This was a great dook, promise that it will keep you up reading! Great characters, what can I say...just great!
Date published: 2008-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Fabulous!" Without a doubt, one of the best books I've ever read, it's simply a great read. The characters are well-developed and witty- and easy to relate to!
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! From the beginning I couldn't put this book down, I loved it! It was humorous, but heartfelt. It described real characters with depth, who were learning about life. This will be a book that I will continue to read throughout the years. I recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book This is an amazing book. The writing is wonderful, the characters seem so real you feel you know them and you get a real feel for the place and time. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!! this book was amazing. i was go great and real. when i finshed the book was was just swimming with thoughts of how much i really loved this book. i have yet to read in her shoes but i have read all the other ones and enjoyed then all so much i started to feel drawn to in her shoes...even though the movie sucked. i really hope she put out another one soon so i can get lost in her characters lives once again.
Date published: 2006-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh my! This was an excellent read from the author of "In Her Shoes". The main character is so "normal", everybody can find a piece of themselves in her. I just couldn't put it down. It's funny and touching, and also has an unpredictable quality that's refreshing. Loved it.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favorite! I had never really read a "chick lit" book before picking this one up on a whim - Now I'm totally HOOKED! After reading this book - I immediatly went out and read all of her other books and am anxiously awaiting her next book!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC I LOVED this book. It look a little time to draw me in, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Between 'Good In Bed' and 'In Her Shoes', Jennifer Weiner has become one of my favorite new authors. Her characters are real, down to earth and very special. I cried the entire last third of the book... for an author to be able to create emotion like that is a very rare gift.
Date published: 2006-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! This was the first book that I read from this author and I was absolutely blown away! Funny, witty and very well written. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!! From the very first page of this book, I was swept in to Cannie's life and the many obstacles that would surely cross her path. I could absolutely not put it down... I needed to find out where her life would lead next. Not only is this book hilarious and charming, but it is also very serious and dramatic. At times it seemed her life could not get any better, but at others it seemed she had reached her lowest point possible and could not possibly escape the inevitable misery ahead. By the time I reached the end of the novel, I so wanted to continue following her journey and was upset that it was over. Overall, I really loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves to laugh but doesn't mind the odd cry either.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is one amazing book. Jennifer Weinner really told a story about an average woman, with real problems. I read this book from cover to cover in just a few days. It left me wanting to here more about Cannie and what her next adventures through life will be like. If you ever felt that you did not fit into the societal norm, this book is for you. If you are a real woman this book is for you.
Date published: 2005-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bravo I loved, loved, LOVED this book! I completely related to the main character Cannie. She lets you into her persona, her life and most of all her heart. After reading this book it makes me want to read it all over again. She (Cannie) will inspire you, she will motivate you to follow what you want in life and go for it! Enjoy!
Date published: 2005-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This book was awesome!! I read it and I found myself totally submerged into it and I easily related to Cannie. She gives off so much inspiration which is great for a character like her. Your missing out if you don't pick this one up!
Date published: 2005-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Empowerment This book is funny,touching, and something all women should read. It deals with body issues,and how unimportant it is to be a size 0.
Date published: 2005-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than In Her Shoes.. After reading, In her Shoes and being disappointed I was a little leary of trying out another novel by Weiner. Why wasn't THIS book made into a movie?! The plot was so much better, much more humourus and I could not put it down. In Her Shoes was one of the worst reads ever in my opinion. Thankfully this novel makes up for it. This is a must read, and if you've ever been to weight watchers, jenny craig, or tried endless diets and felt alone - I found this a light hearted poke at some of the programs and also a little inspiring. I would have liked a little more explanation on the ending, but I still enjoyed it, ignore the poor reviews that were given. I'm very picky and was more than satisfied.
Date published: 2005-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and captivating What an amazing book. You get to know Cannie, really get to know her and you end up loving her! By the end of the book you just want more....a must read!
Date published: 2005-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I thought this was an excellent book. It was funny and inspiring. Cannie is a great character that I'm positive many women can relate to. A book filled with love gone wrong and right, and the message that every tunnel has a light at its end!
Date published: 2004-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best This book was great. It was hilarious and touching and I found it hard to put down. Frankly, I am stunned at the few people who have given this book a bad review. It's a great book and Jennifer Weiner's second book is equally as satisfying!
Date published: 2003-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! I thought this book was one of the best books I have ever read. The storey was incredible and there were so many events that took place. It was an enjoyable read and very difficult to put down. Very unpredictable at some points which was nice. Good in bed will make you laugh outloud, cry, or just feel good about being an independent woman on your own!
Date published: 2003-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from worst book I read this book because it was recommended to me and I have to say it was the worst book I have read to date. It was very unrealistic and slow. Not only that, it took forever for it to get to the point and in the end I'm not sure if the whole point of the book was told or even there. I would not recommend this book because of how unrealistic it was.
Date published: 2003-08-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from started of good but quickly went DOWNHILL This book started out with a good idea and interesting beginning – but I couldn’t finish this sickly “candy” type of book that it ultimately ended up being. The main character Cannie spends much of the book whining about how hard her life is because she is overweight. Her ex-boyfriend writes a story about her called “loving a larger woman” and Cannie is incensed because he called her fat even though she describes herself as fat and overweight throughout the book. I thought he seemed well intentioned but a bit misguided, then his character (underdeveloped, as are all the characters besides Cannie). We are supposed to believe he is a jerk and Cannie dumps him for her gorgeous doctor boyfriend (the doctor who runs her diet class). I stopped reading the book when Cannie gets pregnant because by this time I was tired and depressed by Cannie’s bitterness and frankly thought I wouldn’t be able to put up with her antics – and complaints. And the author keeps saying how funny and hilarious an
Date published: 2003-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Good in Bed was a great book - I couldn't put it down. Women can easily relate to Cannie on so many different levels. The book also shows that no matter what struggles one goes through we all have it within ourselves to get through them.
Date published: 2003-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! Couldn't put it down! I read it while on vacation, then my Mom's boyfriend picked it up - he loved it, and then my Mom read it. We all completely enjoyed it - a must read for women and men of all ages.
Date published: 2003-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Summer Read Good in Bed was far too easy to relate to. It was a great Cinderella story with many, many bumps in the road, but a Cinderella story plus-sized! Weiner's debut novel was a hit in my book - easy to read and a riot along the way. Highly recommend - you will finish it in a day!
Date published: 2003-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! I could not put this book down! This was the best book I have read in a long time. I loved the character of Cannie and didn't want the book to end. Very realistic story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2002-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, compelling and uplifting! This book was tremendous, so good that I couldn't put it down. It ended up taking me less than two days to read, as Cannie's stories and experiences drew me into her world insofar that I couldn't put the book down unless I had to. This book is a must-read for anyone who's ever had insecurities with love or their body, but especially for women grappling with the weight issue, the one that many of us go through at one point in life or another. I hope to read more of Miss Weiner's writings. A great first book, definitely on the top of my Favourite Books List.
Date published: 2002-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great poolside read! I read this book on saturday! Could not put it down! I had to keep reading, even while I was in the pool. I think that every woman who has ever struggled with her weight, life or lovers will love this book too!
Date published: 2002-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good in Bed. A fabulous story about a very real character, who deals with real issues, sure it has the typical fairytale ending, but really, there's no other way for it to end. The supporting cast include, a movie star, an absent father, a doctor at the local university, a lesbian mother and various other amusing sorts.
Date published: 2002-04-19

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Good In Bed: A Novel

by Jennifer Weiner

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: April 2, 2002

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743418174

ISBN - 13: 9780743418171

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Chapter One"Have you seen it?" asked Samantha.I leaned close to my computer so my editor wouldn't hear me on a personal call."Seen what?""Oh, nothing. Never mind. We'll talk when you get home.""Seen what?" I asked again."Nothing," Samantha repeated."Samantha, you have never once called me in the middle of the day about nothing. Now come on. Spill."Samantha sighed. "Okay, but remember: Don't shoot the messenger."Now I was getting worried."Moxie. The new issue. Cannie, you have to go get one right now.""Why? What's up? Am I one of the Fashion Faux Pas?""Just go to the lobby and get it. I'll hold."This was important. Samantha was, in addition to being my best friend, also an associate at Lewis, Dommel, and Fenick. Samantha put people on hold, or had her assistant tell them she was in a meeting. Samantha herself did not hold. "It's a sign of weakness," she'd told me. I felt a small twinge of anxiety work its way down my spine.I took the elevator to the lobby of the Philadelphia Examiner, waved at the security guard, and walked to the small newsstand, where I found Moxie on the rack next to its sister publications, Cosmo and Glamour and Mademoiselle. It was hard to miss, what with the supermodel in sequins beneath headlines blaring "Come Again: Multiple Orgasm Made Easy!" and "Ass-Tastic! Four Butt Blasters to Get your Rear in Gear!" After a quick minute of deliberation, I grabbed a small bag of chocolate M&M's, paid the gum-chomping cashier, and went back upstairs.Samantha was st
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From the Publisher

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner, a novel that's "funny, fanciful, extremely poignant and rich with insight" (The Boston Globe).

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.

About the Author

Jennifer Weiner lives in Philadelphia with her husband and her dog, Wendell. Good in Bed, her first novel, has been published in fourteen countries and was an international bestseller. Visit her Web site at www.jenniferweiner.com.

Editorial Reviews

"This season's beach-book Queen for a Day." —Janet Maslin, New York Times

Bookclub Guide

Reading Group Questions and Topics for Discussion

1. With Good in Bed, Jennifer Weiner has garnered a lot of early praise for her alternately hilarious and poignant dialogue, and also for her pitch-perfect ear in rendering the conversational rhythms of Cannie's first-person narrative voice. Looking back through the novel, what is it about the dialogue that works so well? In what ways does it serve to subtly develop each character's motivations and idiosyncrasies?

2. Discuss, in connection with the previous question, the specific tone and quality of Cannie Shapiro's voice. What techniques does Weiner employ to make Cannie's musings and descriptions come across so intimately? What sets the author's style apart from that of other contemporary authors? To which novelists would you say Weiner bears the closest comparison?

3. Cannie Shapiro is, among other things, a woman struggling to emerge from the shadow cast by her father's emotional abuse and aggressive abandonment. How successful is she, finally, in doing so?

4. In what ways do we see the painful legacy of Cannie's early relationship with her father (whom she dubs "the Original Abandoner") at work in the action of this novel, affecting the tenor of Cannie's relationships, choices, and/or motivations? To what degree can we view Bruce as a stand-in for her father?

5. "Maybe," Bruce writes in his notorious Moxie debut, "it was the way I'd absorbed society's expectations, its dictates of what men are supposed to want and how women are supposed to appear. More likely, it was the way she had. C. was a dedicated foot soldier in the body wars....C. couldn't make herself invisible. But I know that if it were possible -- if all the slouching and slumping and shapeless black jumpers could have erased her from the physical world, she would have gone in an instant." With these lines, from the novel's opening chapter, Weiner begins to lay the framework for the larger themes that temper, texture, and lend weight to the comedy and romance propelling Cannie's story. What are these themes and issues, and how are they developed throughout the rest of the novel?

6. The real-life specter of the Lewinsky-Clinton debacle looms in the background of this novel's fictional landscape. How does the Monica Lewinsky scandal -- and, more to the point, the witheringly cruel and petty reception that accompanied Lewinsky's emergence in media stories -- speak to the novel's portraits of male-female relationships in a body-obsessed culture?

7. How accurate is it to say that body fat has become, as Bruce writes in his column, "the only safe target in our politically correct world," the last "acceptable" object of societal prejudice? Where do we see this sort of prejudice at work? And in our advertising-drenched, consumer-driven society, where beauty and youth seem to be the chief signifiers of power and happiness, what are the implications and consequences of this prejudice?

8. How do Cannie's understandings of and feelings about her mother's relationship with Tanya evolve over the course of this story?

9. Are Tanya's cloying penchants for therapy-speak, rainbow flags, and "tofurkey" enough to justify the hostile attitude and relentlessly barbed humor Cannie directs toward her? Why or why not? In what way might the absence of Cannie's father be contributing to her animosity? What else?

10. Recalling a lecture from Psych 101 on the behavioral effects of random reinforcement, Cannie realizes that she's "become [her] father's rat." What is going on here? Unpack the meanings of Cannie's metaphor, and discuss how it relates to her subsequent relationships with men.

11. Look at Good in Bed in the context of other contemporary novels, movies, and plays about young, professional, single women looking for love and happiness in the big city. To what degree does this novel echo and reinforce certain narrative traditions you've come to expect from the genre, and in what ways does it depart from or redefine these traditions? [You might, for example, discuss Weiner's novel alongside recent works by Melissa Bank, Helen Fielding, and Candace Bushnell.]

12. "What I wanted, I thought, pressing my pillow hard against my face, was to be a girl again. To be on my bed in the house I'd grown up in...to be little, and loved. And thin. I wanted that." If we were to describe Good in Bed as the story of one woman's search for a true home, what elements would make up Cannie's ideal home? And how does this ideal change during the novel?

13. If you had to distill the themes, politics, and essential storyline of Good in Bed into three sentences for a write-up in the "And Bear in Mind" section of The New York Times Book Review, what would you say?

14. In the hospital after her fall at the airport, Cannie admits only to herself that the real source of all her anger was the fact that she "had failed Joy." What does she mean?

15. Where do you see Cannie, Joy, Peter, Maxi, Samantha, and Bruce five years after the close of the book? Outline the story arc of a Good in Bed sequel.

16. How well do you relate personally to Cannie's perceptions of life in a culture dominated by the zillion-dollar diet, beauty, and cosmetic surgery industries? How much of yourself and/or your friends do you see in the character of Cannie Shapiro? Do you agree with all of her choices? Relate to all of her motivations? Explain.