Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing

Atria. Oct. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9781476723402. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476723440. MEMOIR
The New York Times best-selling mastermind behind fictional characters such as Cannie Shapiro (Good in Bed) bares her soul in a series of essays about family, writing, and body image. Weiner's first journey into nonfiction, this aptly titled memoir chronicles her childhood and adult life with a dose of wit and cynicism. Like the protagonists of her novels, Weiner's voice is relatable and poignant as she shares the struggles that shaped the woman she is today. From her description of puberty ("…each part of my body decided to embark upon the journey to adulthood at a different time") to her heartbreaking relationship with her father, readers will clearly see parallels between Weiner's own life and those of her heroines. The hilarity of her family's antics and Weiner's own feistiness adds some much-needed flavor.
VERDICT A smidge bitter at times, Weiner's story is not necessarily distinctive, but her notoriety as a novelist will have readers lining up to get a copy. Recommended for fans of the author's fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 3/7/16, as It's All Material.]
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