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 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.