The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: Book summary and reviews of The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted

And Other Small Acts of Liberation

By Elizabeth Berg

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2008,
    256 pages.

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Exhilarating short stories of women breaking free from convention

Every now and then, right in the middle of an ordinary day, a woman rebels, kicks up her heels, and commits a small act of liberation.

What would you do, if you were going to break out and away? Go AWOL from Weight Watchers and spend an entire day eating every single thing you want – and then some? Start a dating service for people over fifty to reclaim the razzle-dazzle in your life–or your marriage? Seek comfort in the face of aging, look for love in the midst of loss, find friendship in the most surprising of places?

Imagine that the people in these wonderful stories – who do all of these things and more – are asking you: What would you do, if nobody was looking?

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"[I]f her endings are slightly predictable, it's in a good way, like comfort food that never disappoints. " - Publishers Weekly.

"Berg's writing is so gentle, her people so real, that even these sad stories generate warmth. Tales that highlight the bright sparks in everyday experience." - Kirkus Reviews.

"This collection will find favor with Berg's many fans and will entice new readers as well. These readable treats remind us of the surprises and delights of life. Highly recommended for public libraries." - Library Journal.

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Sharon
Loved these stories
I loved these stories. Weight watchers, this book will make you laugh. The resilience of women runs through these stories.

Rated 1 of 5 of 5 by MMorrison
Would have been able to finish but....
Obvious that Elizabeth Berg is a great author. This book began as one I really wanted to read. Got as far as page 5. Was the f-word really necessary? I promise to buy any future book by this talented author, if profanity is omitted.

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Elizabeth Berg Author Biography

Photo © 2003 Joyce Ravid

Elizabeth Berg was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 2, 1948.

Before Berg became a writer, she was a registered nurse for ten years, and that was her "school" for writing—taking care of patients taught her a lot about human nature, about hope and fear and love and loss and regret and triumph and especially about relationships--all things that she tends to focus on in her work. She worked as a waitress, and she sang in a rock band. One day, she entered a writing contest for a magazine and won. She wrote for magazines for ten years, then moved into novels and has not stopped since. She usually writes a book a year. Berg has won a number of awards.

She was married for over twenty years and is now divorced. Berg has two daughters and three grandchildren. She currently lives in ...

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