Readers know Jennifer Weiner as many things: a mother, a daughter, a bestselling author, a Twitter phenomenon, and an "unlikely feminist enforcer" (The New Yorker). She grew up as an outsider in her picturesque Connecticut hometown ("a weight-loss ad 'before' outtake in an Abercrombie & Fitch photoshoot") and at her Ivy League college, spent her twenties working in newsrooms, and went on to become a novelist, an activist, and a New York Times columnist.
Now in her first work of nonfiction, no subject is off-limits as Jen tells the stories of her life. From a lonely adolescence to love, marriage, and modern childbirth to hearing her six-year-old daughter's use of the f-word—fat—for the first time, from her mother's late-in-life lesbianism to her estranged father's death, HUNGRY HEART is a stunningly honest, funny, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive memoir about hunger and humor, loving and losing, and a woman who searched for her place in the world—and found it as a storyteller.
“In this generous, entertaining memoir, novelist Weiner known for her plus-size heroines, authentic voice, and hilarious one-liners, offers her fans and others a front-row seat to the drama of her life. Weiner doggedly pursues her dream of becoming a writer who speaks to women's lives, insisting—and proving— that women's stories matter.“
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Hungry Heart is a fiercely funny, powerfully smart, and remarkably brave book. With candor, wit, and insight, Jennifer Weiner writes beautifully about her darkest struggles and brightest triumphs, about growing up and getting on with it, about gaining and losing, about herself and also—ultimately—about all of us. I was spellbound by Hungry Heart from the first page to the last.”
— Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
"In her new memoir, Hungry Heart, Weiner turns her understanding eye on her most compelling character yet—herself—and reveals the story behind some of her most beloved books. You'll laugh, you'll cry—and in true Jen style, there's a happy ending." — Good Housekeeping
“Weiner lays her heart bare in this memoir, which is insightful and affecting and affirms exactly why she is so popular—she is gifted in the ability to write honestly and easily. In one essay, she talks about how reading Nora Ephron is 'more like sitting down for coffee with a friend than listening to a capital-A Author deliver pronouncements from on high.' The same can be said here, in spades.” — Booklist
“I'm mad Jennifer Weiner's first book of essays is as wonderful as her fiction. You will love this book and wish she was your friend.“
— Mindy Kaling, author of Why Not Me?
“Haven't we all wondered exactly how the many-splendored Jennifer Weiner became so many-splendored? This candid, poignant, and very funny memoir tells all, and I'm confident other readers will be as fascinated and moved by it as I was.” — Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Eligible
"Funny, fierce, feisty!" —Glamour
"Brave." — People magazine
“For the first time, Weiner releases a collection of essays, and they are just as warm and funny as you’d imagine (and want) them to be. In Hungry Heart, she takes on marriage, love, parenthood, and that one Summer that she was called 'the fat Jennifer' with grace, humor, and intelligence.” — PopSugar