Jennifer Weiner


Sophisticated entertainments from the author's shelf.




Since the publication of her groundbreaking comic novel Good in Bed, Jennifer Weiner's name has been synonymous with thoughtful fiction about modern relationships. In her latest bestseller, Best Friends Forever, she adds heady thrills and a brush with violence to an insightful story about the bonds between childhood friends. Here she shares three favorite reads.


Books by Jennifer Weiner





Geek Love

By Katherine Dunn


"How to describe this book? It's a novel about an albino dwarf named Olympia, her lifelong love affair with her limbless brother Arturo, who forms his own cult of volutary amputees, and her quest to rescue her lovely (but with a little something extra) daughter Miranda from unspeakable peril. Huh -- maybe best not to describe it at all...just push it into your friend's hands and tell them they will not be sorry."





Shining Through

By Susan Isaacs


"Smart, sassy Jewish secretary in World War II-era New York City contracts desperate and hopeless crush on her matinee-idol, married boss...and, when he gets wasted and returns her affections, that's only when things start getting really interesting. Gripping, heady, romantic, and wonderfully written."







By Tabitha King


"Smart, savvy, self-aware heroine relocates to Maine, buys the town diner, finds herself caught in a steamy love triangle between the dependable, solid good guy and the roguish, troubled bad boy. Vivid descriptions, dark secrets, and a bittersweet resolution make this a book I love to re-read, and to recommend."


April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.