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The next best thing : a novel
Jennifer Weiner
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Jennifer Weiner grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut. She attended Princeton University, where she studied with John McPhee, Toni Morrison and Joyce Carol Oates. She is currently a reporter/columnist at the "Philadelphia Inquirer" and a contributing editor at "Mademoiselle". Her short stories have been published in "Seventeen" and "Redbook". Her freelance work appears in Salon.com, "Time Out New York", "Animal Fair", the "Columbia Journalism Review" and "Seventeen". She lives in Philadelphia and appears regularly on "Philly after Midnight," Philadelphia's local late-night television show, as a commentator. (Publisher Provided) Jennifer Weiner was born on an army base in DeRidder, Louisiana on March 28, 1970. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English literature from Princeton University in 1991. In 1990, she won Princeton's Academy of American Poets prize. After graduating, she took a six-week program at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida and began her career as a journalist. She has been published in Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and Elle. She published her first book, Good in Bed, in 2001. She is also the author of In Her Shoes (2002), which was made into a movie starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine; Little Earthquakes (2004); Goodnight Nobody (2005); The Guy Not Taken (2006); Certain Girls (2008); Best Friends Forever (2009); and Fly Away Home (2010). These were followed by Then Came You, and the New York Times bestseller, The Next Best Thing (Bowker Author Biography)

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