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The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted


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Elizabeth Berg is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including Dream When You're Feeling Blue, We Are All Welcome Here, The Year of Pleasures, The Art of Mending, Say When, True to Form, Never Change, and Open House, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for the ABBY Award in 1996. The winner of the 1997 New England Booksellers Award for her body of work, Berg is also the author of a nonfiction work, Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True. She lives in Chicago. To schedule a speaking engagement, please contact American Program Bureau at


The stories in this new collection from Berg (Open House) are full of events to which most women can relate: being on Weight Watchers but taking a day of freedom and eating donuts, steak, and pie or being divorced and finding a like-minded group of women with whom to spend time. Some stories will make the reader laugh out loud in recognition, but others are heartbreaking; in "Rain," for instance, a long-lost love is diagnosed with cancer. Still others are both fun and affecting: in "Sin City," the widowed Rita decides to live it up and head for Las Vegas. She goes on a shopping spree, buying new clothes for her getaway weekend. On the flight west, she discovers a kindred soul in Henry and opens a new chapter in her life. This collection will find favor with Berg's many fans and will entice new readers as well. These readable treats remind us of the surprises and delights of life. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., OH Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

In this collection of mostly uplifting stories, Berg (Dream When You're Feeling Blue) explores the everyday challenges that women face. Whether teenaged or octogenarian, Berg's heroines brave the emotional landmines underlying domestic scenes (from holiday dinner parties to visiting family), navigate the slippery slope of constant dieting and address the process of aging. The title story features an unnamed, insouciant narrator who flees from a Weight Watchers meeting and allows herself to indulge her most fattening food cravings. In "Full Count," an introspective army brat begins to decipher what she looks like to others. The wistful and nostalgic "Rain" features a woman reminiscing about a good friend who dropped his successful corporate life to live closer to nature. Berg's men are surprisingly supportive and well behaved; it is often the women in these stories who manipulate and mistreat their partners. The protagonist of "Truth or Dare," for example, struggles to accept that her ex-husband moved on after she left him. Berg has a knack for sentimental but authentic stories about women who find affirmation in true-to-life situations, and if her endings are slightly predictable, it's in a good way, like comfort food that never disappoints. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Offer this up to the book club and--what the hell--serve chocolate."--People

"Pitch-perfect . . . [encompasses] everything you've ever felt, but couldn't put into tangible words."--Chicago Tribune "Hard to resist . . . funny and occasionally heartbreaking."--Entertainment Weekly "Berg at her tart best . . . There is plenty of lemony snap to brighten the sweetness that flows through The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, a book that shows how well this writer understands women's wants, strengths and foibles."--Hartford Courant "Reading The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted is a lot like eating comfort food: it offers great satisfaction. . . . Berg understands the need we all feel to break free of strictures . . . and how small rebellions can lead to understanding."--New York Post

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