Throwback Thursday was originally created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share older books published more than a year ago.
Normally I wouldn’t pick up a book entitled Good in Bed. Even in the romance genre this title would come across as less story and too steamy for my taste. However, this little gem was recommended to me by a trusted librarian so I borrowed it and quickly became deeply invested in these characters.
Jennifer Weiner’s writing in Good in Bed reminds me of Olivia Goldsmith, one of my favorite authors. Like Goldsmith some of Weiner’s books have been adapted for film. However, Good in Bed has been left to the pages. And I am grateful. I loved the main character, Cannie Shapiro and enjoyed picturing her without trying to match or compete with a movie.
And, believe me, Cannie is fun to picture. At 28 years old Cannie describes herself as having a “plus-sized body” which, as many of us know, is a size 2-4 in Hollywood. Rather, my Cannie was a gorgeously curvaceous young woman with a sharp wit, a cadre of formidable friends and a rat terrier named Nifkin. Her humor and her face when telling weight loss stories or attempting to down-play her angst at her father’s abandonment captured my imagination. Cannie is a talented writer working at a newspaper under a woman that I think we have all worked under at some time in our lives. Aptly named Grace (for her lack thereof), I recognized this woman immediately by her lack of female solidarity. Cannie does have emotional baggage to unpack and this book follows her year of forced self-discovery and transformation. And it all starts when her ex-boyfriend decides to use their relationship as a basis for his monthly national magazine articles. The first one, “Loving a Larger Woman” is just the beginning.
Can I just pause to say that the idea of someone writing about our romantic relationship in a magazine makes me break into a cold sweat. Being described as “Larger” would most definitely lead to a decade of never leaving the house. Amazon didn’t exist in Cannie’s time but having a Prime membership would allow me to literally never leave the house. Cannie may get mad, badmouth (but still long for) her ex, but she doesn’t hide.
Which is why it’s important to note that the blurb for Good in Bed makes the book sound like a lovely beach read. Rather, I think this books holds up beautifully as a reflection of the time in all of our lives when we focus on putting out the fires of our childhood and work on becoming a true adult. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, I still recommend Good in Bed. Perhaps Cammie’s story will help you plot your own path.
Tell me, please!
Have you read Good in Bed?
What would you do if an ex wrote about your love life?
Throwback Thursday was originally started by Renee at It’s Book Talk. It is a way to highlight some old favorites or share books that I’m finally getting around to reading that were published more than a year ago. Or, in my case, usually more than ten years ago.
Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell, was published in 2011 and takes place from late 1999-2000. This, for any reader born after 2000, was the real beginning of companies using intra-web applications and playing with allowing employees to have access to the internet. There were rampant concerns about Y2K and IT people came out of the shadows to save us all. And, obviously, read our e-mails.
Rowell focuses on this snippet of recent history and features Lincoln O’Neill who has been hired by The Courier as an internet security officer. He thought he would be putting up firewalls and crushing hackers when his night actually consists of reading e-mails that are flagged for inappropriate words. Typically, he reads the e-mail and sends the individual a warning. But one exchange, between Jennifer and Beth, pops into his folder and he is so captivating and engaged in their messages that he not only doesn’t warn them, he continues reading. The more he reads, the more he becomes invested in these women and their lives. And he finds himself falling in love with Beth even though he had never seen her. How can he admit his feeling when he has been invading her privacy?
I worked in an office as a intra-office e-mail trainer right around this time and Rowell took me right back to that (horrible) job. Beyond explaining to people that their disk holder was not a cup holder (for real) it was also my job to review their exchanges looking for porn and time wasters. Lincoln got to read adorable conversations between Jennifer and Beth and I got to inform a nasty man that just because other people couldn’t see into his cubicle didn’t mean that it was permissible to watch “light” porn on his break. Sigh. Life is better in books.
Rowell may give Lincoln a better experience than mine but he deserves it. At 27 Lincoln has several masters degrees but lives with his Mom and is still nursing a broken heart from his first love. Reading the supportive and loving messages between Jennifer and Beth is a balm for his soul. And who could blame him? Jennifer and Beth are the epitome of great girl friends – supportive, loving, hilarious and just there for each other.
I loved this little book for all the reasons I hated my IT job – the people. Rowell’s characters are good to the core and grow into only more likeable characters as the story continues. If you have not already enjoyed this sweet story I highly recommend it!
Tell me, please!
Have you ever worked a job featured in a book? How was your experience the same / different?