Jessica Shaw
April 18, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Elizabeth Berg
publisher
Random House
genre
Short Stories, Fiction

We gave it a B+

In one story of Elizabeth Berg’s funny and occasionally heartbreaking collection, she writes of women laughing at a party: ”This was T-shirt and jeans laughter, not cocktail dress laughter.” The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted can be similarly described. It’s comfortable and well-worn (especially ”Rain,” about a complex relationship with an old friend who lives in the sticks and dies of a brain tumor), and Berg doesn’t bother to gussy up her characters. There may be too many stories about Weight Watchers, but it’s hard to resist her descriptions of the 7-step process of making toast while not dieting. B+

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