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Beautiful Bodies: A Novel

2.71  ·  Rating Details ·  228 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Manhattan, the coldest night of the year -- six best friends rush to attend a celebration. Blown by wind and snow, the women arrive flushed, each caught in midadventure....
Tonight's the night of nights -- to rejoice in a new lover, leave an unfaithful husband, or decide to have a baby on one's own. These "six in the city" profes-sional women fight for their female choice
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Washington Square Press (first published 2002)
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Mar 27, 2008 Kari rated it really liked it
First book chosen for "book club". I thought it was the perfect choice, especially given the winter we've had in chicago this year.

A great dissection of six friends in their late 30's living in New York.
Mar 09, 2009 Erin rated it did not like it
This is a horrible book.
Amber Bryant
Mar 18, 2008 Amber Bryant rated it really liked it
Good book about a bunch of friends..their relationships with people in their lives, with themselves & each other.
Sep 29, 2012 Marika rated it really liked it
A wonderful story about 6 female friends: Jessie, Nina, Lisbeth, Sue Carol, Claire and Martha. You can see a little bit of yourself in each and every one of these 36 to 40 year old ladies.
Apr 17, 2008 Marie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, women
A more realistic, intelligent "Sex and the City": 6 long-time female friends at a dinner party.
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Jul 24, 2012 Yankel Gofshteyn rated it really liked it
Ony of my favourite books, so in style of " The Hours" by Michael Cunnigham
Anita Smith
Aug 24, 2008 Anita Smith rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like to read about female friendship drama.
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Just finished this today... it was a pretty good book! A very fast read (I read it in five days). It reads like a play, almost- it takes place over one evening in a NYC loft with six main characters and a few minor ones, so it could easily be a theater production. Anyway, a very nice story about the complex relationships that go on between those friends you've been friends with forever, and the ups and downs that go along with that kind of friendship- where you've been friends forever, and that' ...more
Oct 22, 2009 Deidre rated it liked it
I have the sneaking suspicion I have read this book before. Was worth a second read. Though I found my self terribly annoyed with many one of main characters the book focuses on, I found it interesting to look at just WHY they annoyed me so. Does each woman act in ways that remind me of myself, or a friend who I put up with, or someone I wish I knew how to deal with? If you are not triggered by the circle of friends or at least recognize relationships within your own girlfriend circle, you are l ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Meh. I wasn't in love with this. I found the opening chapters following each woman's journey to the party to be overly long and drawn out, although I did enjoy the varied reactions to the flasher!

For me, the book got going once they were all together and I really really dislike Martha so the author is doing something right. As others have said, it's Sex & The City-esq but not a lot actually would probably make a good stage play though!
Jan 04, 2014 Karyn rated it it was ok
The author is horribly obsessed with food and body weight; watching other women eat, monitoring her own eating, judging the weight of other women, ascribing stereotypes to women based on their body weight, etc. This comes through loud and clear in her writing. The sad thing is, overlooking all of the above, her actual writing is complex and well written--but it's completely overshadowed by her personal demons--and what one must assume--her eating disorders.
May 20, 2013 msjoonee rated it it was ok
I read this years ago. I didn't hate it and i remember the characters well enough. Then again, i never reread it either. If you file it under chick-lit it falls under the less-fluffy variety, meaning you can read it in public and still respect yourself in the morning. The blurb compares it to Dorothy Parker. Just no.
Nov 16, 2011 Tanja rated it liked it
Total chick-lit (but one can tell that by the cover! ;)) Kind of Sex and the City-ish. A fun enough read and kept me entertained on the Eurostar and distracted while we were delayed at Lille for 30min because of people on the track (why did it take them half an hour to remove people from the track?! I still don't get it...)
Nov 17, 2008 Amy rated it liked it
I liked this book. Sort of like Sex in the City - which I didn't watch much of - but more realistic. In the beginning, each chapter introduces you to a woman from a circle of friends gathering together to celebrate a baby on the way. I don't know what I expected from the ending, but it was a little anti-climactic.
Nov 07, 2011 Hanny rated it liked it
This book tells the story of six women who come together for a non-traditional baby shower in New York. The entire story takes place in one
night. The author describes the complexities of each woman's life. It had a bit of a surreal feeling about it. I'm not sure if I'd recommend it.
Mar 18, 2008 Stephanie rated it liked it
It was okay... I found it on a table in the middle school book swap and I grabbed it because it certainly ISN'T a middle school book. I read it on a plane ride, and it passed the time. There were a couple of memorable scenes, but it was difficult to connect with the characters.
Aug 26, 2008 Dena rated it did not like it
I'm not sure this was ever published. I read an advanced copy. The whole book built up the characters and the issues going on their lives, but resolved nothing. Not a good book. I do not recommend.
Apr 16, 2012 Jo rated it it was ok
Entertaining, but very middle of the road. Nothing outstanding about it. Very reminiscent of Sex and the City.
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Dec 10, 2012 Virginia Albanese rated it liked it
I liked the writing and setting of this book and should probably give it a higher rating since I really disliked couple of the characters and she made one sense their inner selves.
Jul 09, 2015 Beth rated it did not like it
I couldn't make it past page 10. Horrible. If I wanted graphic descriptions of sex I would read 50 shades. I'm not sure if there was a pint to the book but I couldn't keep reading.
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