Jenny Gardiner

I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship: Hilarious, Heartwarming Tales About Man’s Best Friends from America’s Favorite Humorists by Wade Rouse


Stories about dogs.  By some of my favorite authors.  Need I say more?  AND LOOK AT THE COVER.

I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship” is a compilation of very short stories from a variety of popular writers about man’s (or woman’s) best friend.  The book starts with a foreword by Chunk, comedienne Chelsea Handler’s adopted pup.  The rest of the stories were told from the perspective of the human.  I was especially excited to read the stories from Jen Lancaster, Jenny Gardiner, Laurie Notaro, Jane Green, and Sarah Pekkanen (particularly because I am a big fan of their other books).  This book also helped introduce me to some new-t0-me authors who were especially hilarious.

These stories weren’t super sad, “Marley and Me“-ending types of stories.  Most of them were laugh-out-loud funny, and if not laugh-out-loud funny, then at least chuckle-and-smile-to-myself funny.  Others were sweet and loving stories that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  If you have a dog, this book will make you really appreciate your relationship with your furry best friend, and if you don’t have a dog, you will probably want to go out and adopt one right away!  Also, 50% of each book purchased goes to the Humane Society of the United States.  How could you go wrong?

Slim to None by Jenny Gardiner

(An introductory note: It seems as if this book is only available for the Kindle. Sorry non-Kindle owners… great excuse to go out and buy one of the new ones though!)

While perusing authors on Twitter, I found Jenny Gardiner.  After I followed her, she tweeted me telling me to check out her new book.  I was looking for something new to read (when am I not?) and so I downloaded it right then!  After we got to tweeting a bit, I found out she is also originally from Pittsburgh!  Small world (at least in Western Pennsylvania!).  Gotta support a fellow ‘Burgher.

In “Slim to None“, Abbie is a famous New York food critic.  She reports anonymously until one day her unflattering picture shows up on the cover of Page Six while she’s stuffing her face.  First, her cover is blown, and second, her weight becomes and issue and her boss wants her to step down from her position until she can lose some weight and he assigns her to write a column instead.  Abbie is devastated.  Her husband, William, is actually kind of happy that she is no longer a critic because she won’t be going out every night and he thinks that maybe they can now move out of the city to start a family.  Abbie resents that as well as the fact that she thinks he also wants her to lose weight, even though he says he loves her just the way she is.  She wants her job back as a critic (and hates the guy who replaced her) and decides the only thing she can do is start going to the gym and going on a diet.

While she does begin to lose weight and start feeling better, she’s having more and more trouble in her marriage and even gets paranoid that William is having an affair with a skinnier, prettier woman.  She also begins to suspect that she was set up and “outed” by someone to the restaurants that she used to review.  Throughout these other issues that Abbie is dealing with, she is also contacted by her father who walked out on Abbie and her mother when she was younger.  She has never forgiven him and now she doesn’t know whether she wants to give him another chance.  One bright spot is George, a homeless man who Abbie brings food to.  Abbie opens up to him about her problems and gets a huge surprise when she hears about his situation.

I thought this was a good book; Abbie seemed very easy to identify with and I really felt bad for the situations she was in.  I found myself cheering for her (in my head, of course, not out loud) when something good happened to her.  The story was written in a way that was very easy to read and not want to put down.  Also, Jenny Gardiner added in some really yummy looking recipes after some of the chapters!  That is always a bonus.

Jenny Gardiner is the author of two other books (both that I want to read now!).  The one that I definitely must read is “Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Determined to Kill Me“.  You know how I love animal books.  I don’t know much about birds but I’m intrigued by them.  Plus the cover of the book is just so darn cute.

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