Speed Shrinking by Susan Shapiro

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“Proust had a cookie. Susan Shapiro has a cupcake—and a really hilarious book.”

—Patricia Marx, author of Him, Her, Him Again, the End of Him

 

In Susan Shapiro’s laugh-out-loud funny fictional debut Speed Shrinking, Manhattan self-help author Julia Goodman thinks she’s got her addictive personality under control. Then her beloved psychoanalyst moves away at the same time her husband takes off to L.A. and her best friend gets married and moves to Ohio.

            Feeling lonely and left out, Julia fills in the void with food, becomes a cupcake addict, and blimps out. This is a huge problem—especially since she’s about to go on national television to plug her hot new self-help book about how she conquered her sugar addiction.

            Navigating her insurance network, Julia desperately sees eight shrinks in eight days, speed-dating for Dr. Replacement—or any other new guru—to help shrink back her body and anxiety in time for her close-up.

 

 

About Susan Shapiro

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Susan Shapiro became addicted to her shrink-Dr. Woolverton-when he helped her quit twenty-seven-year smoking and drinking habits and start writing successfully. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and People, and on Salon.com. She is the author of seven books, including Five Men Who Broke My Heart, Speed Shrinking (currently optioned for films), and the memoir, Lighting Up, about her successful addiction therapy. She is a journalism professor who teaches the popular "instant gratification takes too long" writing method at the New School, New York University, and in private workshops and seminars. Visit her at www.susanshapiro.net. Dr. Frederick Woolverton is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in treating addiction patients for the past twenty-five years. He is the founder and director of the acclaimed Village Institute for Psychotherapy in New York City and in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was the former clinical director of the Baldwin Council Against Drug Abuse, has published numerous papers on substance abuse, and has created nationally adopted courses on the treatment of addictive disorders. His works have recently appeared in the New York Times and Psychology Today, and on AOL. Visit him at www.villageinstitute.com.
 
Published August 4, 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What will spoil this light beach read for many readers is its whiny protagonist, a woman so self-centered that her biggest obstacle is getting over herself.

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Without Dr. Ness’s tough talk, Sarah’s help and Jake’s love, Julia searches for a new support system, interviewing eight shrinks in eight days.

Jun 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Speed Shrinking

People

Abandoned in short order by her husband, her best friend and her psychologist, self-help author Julia Goodman needs help.

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