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Little Earthquakes

Little Earthquakes

Escrito por Jennifer Weiner

Narrado por Johanna Parker


Little Earthquakes

Escrito por Jennifer Weiner

Narrado por Johanna Parker

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4/5 (54 valoraciones)
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13 horas
Publicado:
Jan 4, 2011
ISBN:
9781442342446
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Descripción

Four very different women navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood.

Rebecca Rothstein Rabinowitz is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband, a restaurant that's received citywide acclaim, a beautiful baby girl and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly Day's life looks picture-perfect. But behind the doors, she's struggling to balance work, motherhood and marriage, while dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. Ayinde Towne's already on shaky ground, when her basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at the most vulnerable moment in her life, putting their marriage in peril -- and thrusting their new family further into the public eye. Then there's Lia Frederick, a Philadelphia native who has left Los Angeles behind, along with her glamorous Hollywood career, her husband, and a tragic secret.

With her trademark warmth and humor, Weiner tells the story of what happens after happily ever after.
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Jan 4, 2011
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Sobre el autor

Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eighteen books, including Good in Bed, That Summer, and an essay collection, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

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  • (4/5)
    Wow - could I relate to these women!
  • (2/5)
    Total beach read
  • (2/5)
    I read this for an online book group...who always seem to pick chick-lit. I stuffed down the last hundred or so pages, and I'll admit that a book like this is slightly easier to humour if you read it all in one go rather than stretching it out like I did the first part of it. It was a simple, predictable little story that didn't challenge any social norms or shock in any way. The characters were generic (business woman, TV presenter, mad mother-in-law, hunky husbands), as was the storyline (mad mother-in-law just needs to be loved, a guy who cheats didn't really mean to, happy endings all round), and there was nothing wonderful about the writing. The only other real chick-lit I've read in a good few years was 'Angels' by Marianne Keyes, and with her I felt her writing style could have gone further than candy floss fiction, but with Jennifer Weiner I think she's perfectly suited. That's not an insult as such, as I'm assuming that's something she's happy with. But her writing wasn't particularly insightful, poetic, emotionally touching or witty...it just told a story. Not a great read, but at the same time it wasn't excruciating...just not my thing.
  • (4/5)
    Very good.
  • (5/5)
    Emotional, sad, and funny. It shows how having a baby can turn you world upside down and changes you. I really liked it.
  • (4/5)
    I really loved this book-First Jennifer Weiner book I have read and I couldn't put it down! So true to real life. This is a book about love, friendship and forgiveness. Don't miss out on this great read!
  • (4/5)
    "Jennifer Weiner is always there for a good laugh with her sense of humor! "
  • (4/5)
    Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner4 Philadelphia women bond with each other about marriage and becoming a mother.Becky's mother in law is not one of her liking. Kelly struggles with a spouse that is unemployed.Aindie copes with a superstar athletic and Lea hides a terrible secret.Together they can overcome all struggles as they lean on each other.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
  • (3/5)

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    I really like the way the author writes such likeable characters, even though each one is so very different. This story appealed to me because it was about women who all come together to support one another as new mothers. I also enjoy books set in Philadelphia, as this one is. This was a nice, leisurely read, although it was a little emotional at times.

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  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this book and read all the way to the end to find out what happened to each of the four main characters on their journey through pregnancy and new motherhood. I usually don’t like “chick-lit” and can’t remember where this book came from (Oh dear, I hope no one is expecting it back). It will make a good Lifetime or Hallmark Channel movie. (Yes, I watch them when no one is looking. Especially the super-sappy Christmas movies.)
  • (5/5)
    I really, really liked this book. I love that Jennifer Weiner always has a chubby "heroine". It really helps me identify with the book a lot more than the typical, 22" waisted, busty maidens, lol. I identified a lot with the moms and all of their situations. This is a GREAT read for anyone who has just had/has a baby. The characters are all so lovable and fun. This was really a great read, I couldn't put it down.
  • (5/5)
    Jennifer Weiner takes us though love friendship and motherhood in her fabulous book Little Earthquakes. 4 women come together through odd circumstances and form a bond of friendship that gets them through that first amazing yet completely overwhelming year of being a parent. We are allowed to journey with these women through the ups and downs of becoming a parent as they learn how to re-navigate the world with a baby.Absolutely a fabulous read for a mother. Little Earthquakes will make you laugh and cry though the tale of motherhood that is not always told.
  • (4/5)
    If you have ever known anyone who was pregnant or been pregnant yourself, this book will have you laughing in no time. A slice-of-life with a gaggle of mothers-to-be, Weiner takes aim at all of the predictable opportunities for humour in one of humankind's most awkward and beautiful condition, and finds some new crannies to examine under the light of honesty and compassion. Note: if you are pregnant this book might make you pee a little (laughing so hard, you see).
  • (2/5)
    Wasn't a big fan of this book. A quick read, but found myself bored.
  • (4/5)
    (unabridged audiobook read by Johanna Parker): Though stories of multiple people all experiencing different variations on the same theme are far from uncommon, this one is reasonably fresh and enjoyable. Here we have four mothers (current, former, and soon-to-be) from four different backgrounds, each dealing with issues with her marriage and with her mother (or mother-in-law). The target audience is definitely mothers and mothers-to-be (and I think fathers could benefit from such an honest account of what their wives and girlfriends are going through), but I found myself sympathizing with the characters and wanting to know how things turned out. I especially empathized with Kelly. No, this book has not made me want children of my own, but it was a good story nonetheless. And it certainly didn't hurt that it was read by a actress with amazing subtleties in her voice. Most of the men sounded alike, but she had an amazing range in her female voices.
  • (4/5)
    Little Earthquakes is another great Jennifer Weiner read!True to Jennifer Weiner's writing style this is another book that you will enjoy from start to finish! A must read for Mommies but it can be enjoyed by anyone! I read bits and pieces to my husband when he would find me laughing out loud. A quick and easy read for a rainy day, even with kids at home.
  • (2/5)
    I feel as though it's safe to assume that motherhood is a challenging endeavor. Having said that, I felt that this book focused on the negative aspects of becoming a new mother. The characters were one-dimensional, clichéd stereotypes and weren't particularly likable.
  • (2/5)
    Why did I buy this book at a thrift store? I don't even like chick lit! And this book reminded me why.It's well-written, covering the travails of a cluster of impending mothers and how they cope during their babies' first year. The author is indeed witty and makes some good observations. It's just... they annoyed me (Kelly especially). Their experience was nothing like my experience in becoming a mother and I had difficulty relating to some of their problems. There were so many brand names dropped in this book I wondered if the publisher was getting kickbacks. I can see why this was a bestseller and why many enjoyed it, but it's just not for me.
  • (5/5)
    This book was really enjoyable. The author has characters I related too and it was well written and just kept me hooked.
  • (4/5)
    My favorite Jennifer Weiner book. It features the most diverse cast of characters and most realistic situations.
  • (4/5)
    Story of a group of women that meet in a prenatal yoga class, and their lives, husbands, and babies, and how a womanthat lost her baby comes to join tehm. Loved all their personalities and those of the husbands,mothers, and MILs. 8/19/05
  • (4/5)
    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Weiner does a good job of weaving the stories of 4 friends all whose lives have changed by motherhood. I thought the characters were well drawn and the story was really engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely look out for another Jennifer Weiner book to read.
  • (4/5)
    I'm always pleasantly surprised by Jennifer Weiner's books. I go into them expecting a light read, but I get real food for thought. Wonderful characters and a realistic reflection of life.
  • (3/5)
    Easy story to get into but at times too "fiction". Touching message on the importance of girlfriends and the challenges of life.
  • (4/5)
    Man could I relate to a lot of this story!
  • (4/5)
    Good break from the more serious books I read. Laugh out loud funny, enjoyable read.
  • (4/5)
    One of those books where the story unwraps from the perspective of different characters, who are connected, but each have their own story. This book was about pregnancy, childbirth, raising an infant and losing an infant to SIDS. As a breeding woman in my 20s, I was entralled.
  • (4/5)
    One of the most important strengths of this book is that Weiner has created four distinct primary characters and has had the wisdom and foresight to introduce them individually rather than opening with a group scene in which they are all together and, within three pages or so, the reader is expected to take in the names, appearances and major character traits of each one. The way Weiner does it, it's easy to keep track of whose who throughout and care about each of the four main characters. She doesn't stop there, either. She manages to introduce the right number of secondary characters at the right time, as well. I don't think I was confused even once about who was who and what their relationships to each other were. That's saying a lot. (I'm easily confused.)Weiner writes from the third person perspective for three of these women, but from the first person for one. In this sense, Lia (Lisa) is the heroine. But I question whether that is really the case. I actually wonder about the author's choice in this respect. Not that I don't think it worked but I don't quite understand why she did it. It's also interesting that Weiner chooses the first person "I" for Lia rather than Becky. Becky, the big,tongue-in-cheek Jewish woman, is likely the character most like Weiner and most like Weiner's previous heroine's, yet in this novel, Becky, like Ayinde and Kelly, is a "she" rather than an "I". Lia, on the other hand, has had success as a Hollywood actress and her baby boy has died (traits which as far as I know, Jennifer Weiner does not share [N.B. I am far from an expert on Weiner and know nothing about her beyond her Wikipedia bio]. Though I am curious about this choice of perspective, I am not claiming that it doesn't work.If I had to identify a one-word theme for this book, I would say "understanding". We see this particularly in the closing chapters where Becky comes to greater understanding of her mother-in-law, Kelly and her husband gain greater mutual understanding of each other and Ayinde gains greater understanding of the woman with whom her husband cheated. Lia, perhaps standing a little apart (and maybe this is why she is different and written from the first person perspective) in turn seems to gain greater understanding not of someone else but simply of events, of life. And perhaps in her case the better word would be "acceptance" than understanding. In any case, we see definite growth and some sort of resolution on the case of each of the four women. Which is one of the major strengths of the novel.Is this book chick lit? Weiner is linked to the genre and I definitely felt as though "Good in Bed" qualified as chick lit, though I might not feel the same way about now that there has been such an explosion of the genre and the category seems to be epitomized by lighter reads that are primarily intended to be enjoyed during the act of reading but have little staying power.This book reminds me more of reads like Divine Secrets of Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Olivia Goldsmith's Young Wives, which I suppose are more "contemporary women's fiction" than chick lit, per se.I think some of the elements I discussed above are those that take a book beyond chick lit and into something with a little more staying power: multiple main characters who are well-defined; a third person perspective; an overriding theme; a demonstrating of true growth in the characters; a cast of secondary characters who are also rich and multi-layered. A well-done novel.
  • (3/5)
    This is one of those "heart-warming" novels. You know, the ones that make good movies? It's about four women and the troubles they go through during their pregnancies. Not my type of genre, but the book was still good.
  • (4/5)
    I really loved this book. So much so, that i immediatly went out and bought a 2nd copy of it and handed it over to my then-pregnant friend.I think it's a very good and accurate, without being frightening, view of in-laws, pregnancy, and life after childbirth.