Book Review: Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner

Title: Hungry Heart
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Publisher Hardcover: Atria Books
Publisher Paperback: Washington Square Press
Release Date Hardcover: October 11, 2016
Release Date Paperback: June 6, 2017
Pages: 416
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Nonfiction (Memoirs/Essays)

         

Jennifer Weiner is many things: a bestselling author, a Twitter phenomenon, and an “unlikely feminist enforcer” (The New Yorker). She’s also a mom, a daughter, a sister, a former rower and current clumsy yogini, a wife, a friend, and a reality-TV devotee. In her first essay collection, she takes the raw stuff of her life and spins it into a collection of tales of modern-day womanhood as uproariously funny and moving as the best of Nora Ephron and Tina Fey.

No subject is off-limits in these intimate and honest stories: sex, weight, envy, money, her mother’s coming out of the closet, her estranged father’s death. From lonely adolescence to modern childbirth to hearing her six-year-old daughter say the f-word—fat—for the first time, Jen dives deep into the heart of female experience, with the wit and candor that have endeared her to readers all over the world.

In Hungry Heart, “Weiner writes beautifully about growing up and getting on with it, about gaining and losing, about herself and also—ultimately—about all of us” (Curtis Sittenfeld). Hilarious and moving, this powerful collection is about yearning and fulfillment, loss and love, and a woman who searched for her place in the world, and found it as a storyteller. 
Wow, just wow.

When asked if I wanted to review this book, I immediately jumped at the opportunity, as I have been on a woman's studies and personal growth kick for a few months now.

Hungry Heart seemed to be a nonfiction book is the same vein as Women Who Run With the Wolves and You Are a Badass, which are two of the books that I have been, and am currently, reading.

Hungry Heart is comprised of essays written about Jennifer Weiner's life experiences.

Though narrative nonfiction, you can read Hungry Heart like traditional fiction. Meaning you can read the book in any order you wish, which is exactly what I did. I basically just looked at the table of contents and picked titles that caught my attention.

I did not read this book in one sitting, though you could if you wanted to, but that's just not my style. When I read nonfiction, I like to take my time, and only read small does at a time, so that I can really think on the topic(s) being presented to me. I also like to research sub topics while reading. This is the inner scholar in me at work. At the same time, I read a fiction book to cleanse my pallet, so to speak.

So with Hungry Heart, I read about 2-3 essays a day until I wad done with the book.

My copy of Hungry Heart has many, many, many post it notes in it. There were so many things that resonated with me while reading this book. I just couldn't stop feeling like "I've been there, I've done that, I've seen that, I've felt that, I've heard that, I've thought that, I know exactly what that feels like, I know what you're going through, what you're thinking, I'm living that, I have lived that."

Hungry Heart is a book that I HIGHLY recommend. It is a book that I want to buy for my girlfriends, so they can hopefully feel as impacted by this book as I did.

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