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The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted

And Other Small Acts of Liberation

by Elizabeth Berg

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The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2008
    256 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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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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Sharon

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

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

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Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including Open House (an Oprah's Book Club selection), Talk Before Sleep, and The Year of Pleasures, as well as the short story collection The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year. She adapted The Pull of the Moon into a play that enjoyed sold-out performances in Chicago and Indianapolis. Berg's work has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and three of her novels have been turned into television movies. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a quality reading series dedicated to serving author, audience, and community. She teaches one-day writing workshops and is a popular speaker at venues around the country. Some of her most popular Facebook ...

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