Jennifer Weiner

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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of sixteen books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and, most recently, Mrs. Everything. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at

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Jennifer Weiner I always need to be careful that what I'm reading isn't messing with the voice of the book that I'm writing -- or making me completely depressed about…moreI always need to be careful that what I'm reading isn't messing with the voice of the book that I'm writing -- or making me completely depressed about my own skills, or lack of same. I remember being in the midst of the very last round of revisions for IN HER SHOES, and picking up some super-deluxe literary title and being depressed to the point of immobility. "I suck! I'll never be this good! Why even try!" Which doesn't mean that I don't want to be inspired. I want to push myself, I want my writing to get sharper with each book....but it's a fine line between something that's going to raise the bar and something that's going to make you want to drop the bar on your foot so you can go to the Urgent Care center instead of back to work.
Jennifer Weiner Inspiration is everywhere – my real life, my friends’ lives, family stories, things I overhear in the playground…it’s all fair game.
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his book, with its iconic paperback cover (a woman facedown, possibly falling, maybe pounding at the floor) was in every college dorm bookshelf in the late 1980's/early 1990's. If you wanted to be a writer, you read Gaitskill's pitch-black, edgy, ...more
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“Cram your head with characters and stories. Abuse your library privileges. Never stop looking at the world, and never stop reading to find out what sense other people have made of it. If people give you a hard time and tell you to get your nose out of a book, tell them you're working. Tell them it's research. Tell them to pipe down and leave you alone.”
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“I've learned a lot this year.. I learned that things don't always turn our the way you planned, or the way you think they should. And I've learned that there are things that go wrong that don't always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before. I've learned that some broken things stay broken, and I've learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who love you.”
Jennifer Weiner, Good in Bed

“Divorce isn't such a tragedy. A tragedy's staying in an unhappy marriage, teaching your children the wrong things about love. Nobody ever died of divorce.”
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Joy Thrilled to be your friend - you're one of my favorite authors!

Virginia Frazier Jennifer,
Thank you for accepting my request. You are an inspiration, and I truly enjoy reading your work. Here's to looking forward to your next published book!
--Virginia Frazier
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message 16: by Amy

Amy Hi! Thank you for accepting my friend request. I love your books! :)

message 15: by Pamela

Pamela Hey Jennifer...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

message 14: by Gigi

Gigi Hi Jennifer!

Thank you so much for adding me! I hope you're having a great week!


Harlequin Books Hello Jennifer, it is a pleasure to meet you.

message 12: by Tori

Tori I just wanted to say that I'm really excited for Fly Away Home in July!!!! I hope you come to St. Louis sometime in the future.

message 11: by Cyd

Cyd Just finished Best Friends Forever. I really enjoyed it. With your books there is no waiting to get into it you are just hooked from the begining.

message 10: by Bradley

Bradley Hello Jennifer, I hope you are having a good day! =)

Dreamsbane of Tamalor by Bradley James Simpson

Heather Thank you for the add! :-) I have only read a few of your books so far, but have loved each of them! You have quickly become one of my favorite authors!

Andrea Just thought that I would drop you a line. I hope you read here. Certain Girls was a great book and I don't know how you are feeling about sequals, but Cannie is such a relatable character and I hope to hear about her again.

Melissa Your books are wonderful, Jennifer! I'm so pleased to find you on this site! I hope you continue to update your reading list because I'm very interested in what else you're reading. You know -- between now and your next publishment : )

Maggie Thanks for the add! Love your books, your style, your humor and wit, and I realize I sound like a stalking schmuck so I'll stop. Love your stuff though. : ) Cheers!

Stephanie Thanks for adding me Jennifer. I love your books! I read Good In Bed in 2 days and then immediately started reading Certain Girls. I loved both of them. I have all of your books and I think you are a great author!

message 4: by Amjed

Amjed Qamar Hi Jennifer. Thanks for adding me, so nice of you. I love your books, the wit and humor. I tend to gravitate towards serious stuff in my writing, but I love diving into yours! All the best, Amjed

Jessica Hey, thanks for the add. I loved GOOD IN BED! :)

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JSou Thanks so much for the add!

Hi Jennifer, I've added Good in Bed and many of your other books to my to-read list.

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