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I’ve had mad love for Jen Weiner since her very first book Good In Bed, and her 10th book is out now, The Next Best Thing! I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t had a chance to crack it open yet, but this one too is accompanying me on my beach trip to California in a couple of weeks (I better set some blog posts up to go live when I’m gone huh?!). Jen actually tweeted to me saying that I had written her one of the funniest notes about Good In Bed way back when – I just wish I could remember what the heck I wrote!
I’m excited about The Next Best Thing because I am sure that much of this story is a little bit about what Jen really experienced while she was in Hollywood working on her sitcom, The State of Georgia, which aired on ABC Family for a short while last year. It’s got to have some real insider stuff along with the great humor that we love Jen for.
Actors aren’t the only ones trying to make it in Hollywood.…At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders left her childhood home in Massachusetts and headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to make it as a screenwriter. Six years later, she hits the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the showrunner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on her boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.
Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear for writer’s room showdowns and an eye for bad backstage behavior and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller coaster, a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.
If you’re lucky enough to live in or near one of the towns Jen will be visiting on tour, you’ll also get to enjoy cupcakes as this is going to be a Cupcakes Across America tour (sadly, it’s not including Arizona!). Of course, if I still lived in Chicago, I could see Jen, Jen Lancaster, Stacey Ballis AND Sarah Pekkanen together on July 13 at THIS AMAZING INCREDIBLE EVENT. If I were YOU, I would NOT MISS IT!
Check this list of events to see if you can make any of Jennifer Weiner’s other events, you lucky ducklings you! http://www.jenniferweiner.com/events.htm
In the meantime, you can read the first chapter of The Next Best Thing here:
And you can also go here to listen to the first and second chapters read to you here http://www.jenniferweiner.com/books.htm How cool is THAT!?
So, I know you’re all excited, and it’s a new month and all, but tell me what the Next Best Thing you are excited about? The next best thing I’m looking forward to is settling myself onto that beach in a couple of weeks and reading some great books!!!
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Happy July, and here's to a bunch of new books coming your way and the Grand Prize announcement of June Book Winner very soon!