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October 21, 2002 05:38 PM

I thoroughly and completely enjoyed Good in Bed.

Great, you're thinking, a book review.

But it's not really that. The thing with this book is that I've tiptoed around it in bookstores on several occasions, always settling on something more serious or more literary. The logic being that I, strong and powerful human that I am, do not need to buy what is essentially mindless fluff for the sole purpose of seeing myself reflected in it.

You know what? I do need to see myself in mindless fluff sometimes. So do most of us. Even someone who's just close to myself is a nice improvement. You know?

Of course, while our charming heroine (of the book) isn't really all that fat, it's still nice to see a fictional woman relating to her body in a non-obsessive over five pounds way. Particularly in the world of popular fiction (where a certain Harry Potter book spends an entire two pages describing the fatness of an unliked character with more insulting detail than you're likely to muster for the guy who just cut you off on the highway), a character who is fat at all and still sexy, young, vibrant, etc. is a rarity and a need. I still hope to see more 56-year-old, size-28-wearing, punk-rock-listening heroines in my popular fiction, but I can settle for just normal.

In any case, those of us who think of ourselves as fighting the battles of social equality can really get our collective panties in a metaphorical bunch over anything that might make us seem less serious. Less (ahem) substantial. But I've said before and will doubtless repeat: substance is not always what you want out of your culture. Sometimes you want a nice, sweet story with a happy ending and some fashion advice. It can be a short trip from serious to joyless.

So. I enjoyed this fluffy bit of book. The interesting thing, though, is that because it does feature a fat(ish) heroine, and not one who just gets dropped in without the related years of baggage, it ended up not being entirely fluff. You couldn't really read it without getting a bit activisty about the fatness. Yes, if you're already hardcore there - if you already get the whole fat people aren't unhealthy and bad thing - it's not going to lead you to new heights of self-perception, but it would be a useful tool to hand to your uniniatiated friends and family.

[Oops, now you all know what you're getting for the holidays.]

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I too found Good in Bed to b a fun to read story. Lately there have been a slew of Bridget-wannabes and I was glad to find this gem. Another worthwile read is Confessions of a Shopaholic. The sequel just came out, but it isnt as amusing.

Am reading The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear right now, also a lot of fun.

these are the thoughts of kelly on October 21, 2002 05:56 PM

You are worse for my pocketbook than any ad. I just went out and bought 'Good in bed'. I've also ordered 'Flux' lately. BTW, 'Jemima J' is a good book - large girl is unhappy, gets small and starts thinking what should have changed. Or something like that. My only problem with it was that she wasn't as large as they made her out to be. However, back on topic, please, please please wait at least a day or two before mentioning another good book - you have great taste and I have only so much money!!!! :)

these are the thoughts of Alison on October 21, 2002 08:30 PM

i looooved that book. it is one of my favorites!

jennifer weiner has a weblog. much of it is promotional stuff, but i was suprised when i found it.

these are the thoughts of meegan on October 22, 2002 04:59 PM

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