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Jennifer Weiner's mission in life seems to be to Empower Women every chance she gets. At least that is what her books' message revolve around. No wonder, since she is a self-described feminist.

When asked who is her favorite fictional hero, her answer is Linda Voss, from Susan Isaac's SHINING THROUGH, a secretary-turned-spy who saves the world and gets the guy. 

 

Linda Voss, from Susan Isaac's book Shining Through, is Jennifer's favorite fictional hero. 

 

And with that feminist stride as her north, she herself has created some memorable fictional characters, like Maggie and Rose, the broken sisters from In Her Shoes. The book was made into a movie with actresses Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette as the lead characters. 

 

In Her Shoes was made into a movie with actresses Toni Collette and Cameron Diaz as the lead characters. 

 

Her debut novel, Good in Bedis loosely based on her young-adult life. Experiencing her parents divorced when she was 16, and her mother coming out as a lesbian at age 55, inspired Weiner to write the journey of her main character, Cannie Shapiro, who learns the positive benefits of being independent during tough times in her life.

After the success of In Her Shoes, she has been writing not stop with fourteen books under her belt.  She writes about family, women issues and feelings, but please, do not categorize her books as "chick-lit". She has been very vocal about the double standard that holds that when a man writes about those themes, is called LITERATURE, but when a woman does, it is called a BEACH BOOK.

"I’m not crazy about the label," she has said, "because I think it comes with a built-in assumption that you’ve written nothing more meaningful or substantial than a mouthful of cotton candy. As a result, critics react a certain way without ever reading the books."

 

Jennifer Weiner is known for her plus-size heroines, authentic voice, and hilarious one-liners.

 

Reminiscing on her regrets as a writer, she says that her most disappointing moment was meeting one of her literary heroes.  "He was one of the men whose work made me think that I could become a writer, too. He turned out to be a horrible sexist who claimed to never read books by women. I'm still getting over that one."

Jennifer is right now busy touring the country promoting her newest book, Hungry Heart, but when she finishes with her promo obligations, you might find her in Cape Cod, on a perfect sunny July afternoon, paddling her kayak through the salt marsh with her daughters, looking for clams. Her words, not ours. 

If you haven't read Jennifer's books, it's time you read at least one to see for yourself why women go in packs to meet her at her presentations. Here is a list of some of the books that have people buzzing.   

 

 

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Good in Bed

It tells the story of an overweight Jewish female journalist, her love and work life and her emotional abuse issues with her father. Publishers Weekly wrote, "Weiner's witty, original, fast-moving debut features a lovable heroine, a solid cast, snappy dialogue and a poignant take on life's priorities."

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Who Do You Love

A sweeping, warmhearted, and intimate tale. Who Do You Love is an extraordinary novel about the passage of time, the way people change and change each other, and how the measure of a life is who you love. 

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Fly Away Home

The unforgettable story of a mother and two daughters who seek refuge in an old Connecticut beach house. The experience of shame is an important linking theme in this book. Weiner has this to say about it: "Shame. I think it’s something that lots of women deal with, for lots of different reasons... For instance, if a man does something stupid—pays for prostitutes, tells ridiculous lies about a mistress, solicits anonymous sex in the men’s room—there’s a toxic cloud of shame that radiates out from the guilty party and stains everyone around him. The woman always ends up shamed and implicated – for not being attractive enough to hold his interest, for being stupid enough to think that her husband was faithful (and, in some cases, straight), for standing by him (if she stands by him), for not standing by him (if she doesn’t)…it’s an impossible situation, and one that was too enticing for me to not write about."

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In Her Shoes

Strait-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose's boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.

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Hungry Heart

Jennifer Weiner is many things: a bestselling author, a Twitter phenomenon, and “an unlikely feminist enforcer” as define by The New Yorker. But she’s also a mom, a daughter, and a sister; a former rower and current runner; a best friend and a reality TV junkie. In Hungry Heart, her first foray into nonfiction, she takes the raw stuff of her personal life and spins it into a collection of essays on womanhood. In this generous, entertaining memoir, Weiner offers her fans and others a front-row seat to the drama of her life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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