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Certain girls : a novel

1st Atria books hardcover ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Atria Books, 2008.
Physical Description:
386 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Sequel to: Good in bed.
No longer famous, journalist Cannie Shapiro writes science fiction under a pen name while raising her teenage daughter, and considers her husband Peter's request to have Cannie's flamboyant sister provide surrogate services so that they can have a second child.


Call Number
Weiner, J.
WEINER Cannie Shapiro #2

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Described by The Miami Herald as a breezy, sweetly oddball urban fairy tale, this sequel to the bestselling Good in Bed picks up with an older, wiser, and thinner Cannie Shapiro raising her 13-year-old daughter, Joy.

Author Notes

Jennifer Weiner grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut. She attended Princeton University, where she studied with John McPhee, Toni Morrison and Joyce Carol Oates. She is currently a reporter/columnist at the "Philadelphia Inquirer" and a contributing editor at "Mademoiselle". Her short stories have been published in "Seventeen" and "Redbook". Her freelance work appears in Salon.com, "Time Out New York", "Animal Fair", the "Columbia Journalism Review" and "Seventeen". She lives in Philadelphia and appears regularly on "Philly after Midnight," Philadelphia's local late-night television show, as a commentator.

(Publisher Provided) Jennifer Weiner was born on an army base in DeRidder, Louisiana on March 28, 1970. She received a B.A. in English literature from Princeton University in 1991. In 1990, she won Princeton's Academy of American Poets prize. After graduating, she took a six-week program at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida and began her career as a journalist. She has been published in Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and Elle.

Her first novel, Good in Bed, was published in 2001. Her other novels include Little Earthquakes, Goodnight Nobody, The Guy Not Taken, Certain Girls, Best Friends Forever, Fly Away Home, Then Came You, The Next Best Thing, All Fall Down, and Who Do You Love. In Her Shoes was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine.

Jennifer's title, The Littlest Bigfoot, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016. Weiner's memoir Hungry Heart appeared on the New York Times bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Following the story collection The Guy Not Taken, Weiner turns in a hilarious sequel to her 2001 bestselling first novel, Good in Bed, revisiting the memorable and feisty Candace "Cannie" Shapiro. Flashing forward 13 years, the novel follows Cannie as she navigates the adolescent rebellion of her about-to-be bat mitzvahed daughter, Joy, and juggles her writing career; her relationship with her physician husband, Peter Krushelevansky; her ongoing weight struggles; and the occasional impasse with Joy's biological father, Bruce Guberman. Joy, whose premature birth resulted in her wearing hearing aids, has her own amusing take on her mother's overinvolvement in her life as the novel, with some contrivance, alternates perspectives. As her bat mitzvah approaches, Joy tries to make contact with her long absent maternal grandfather and seeks more time with Bruce. In addition, unbeknownst to Joy, Peter has expressed a desire to have a baby with Cannie, which means looking for a surrogate mother. Throughout, Weiner offers her signature snappy observations: ("good looks function as a get-out-of-everything-free card") and spot-on insights into human nature, with a few twists thrown in for good measure. She expends some energy getting readers up to speed on Good, but readers already involved with Cannie will enjoy this, despite Joy's equally strong voice. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

Weiner's sequel to her debut novel (Good in Bed, 2001) revisits that book's heroine 13 years later. When readers first met Candace "Cannie" Shapiro, she was 28, overweight and single. Still feisty as ever, Candace is now wife to beloved Peter and mother to 13-year-old daughter Joy. The chapters alternate, sometimes jerkily, between Candace's and Joy's points of view. Joy, a typical teenager, is embarrassed by her mother, and Candace worries about her changing relationship with her daughter. Above all, Candace tries to protect Joy and herself from her painful past, very publicly chronicled in her accidental bestseller, Big Girls Don't Cry, a highly sexualized fictional account of Candace's life. After Joy reads the book, she questions who her true family is, and whether her mother ever wanted her. At times Weiner tries too hard to be witty, and Joy sounds too much like Candace. Still, the narrative is often heartfelt and funny, and, while the plot occasionally meanders, there are surprisingly raw emotional elements at play and some nifty plot twists. As the story unfolds, Joy goes looking for her maternal grandfather and Candace and Peter search for a surrogate for a second child--and Weiner proves she isn't afraid to tackle the complexities of love, fear and grief. A touching examination of both the comic and tragic moments that mark the mother-daughter relationship. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Library Journal Review

Cannie Shapiro returns, and she's too busy dealing with teenage daughter Joy and her husband's desire for a baby to worry whether she's Good in Bed. With a seven-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.