Weiner's follow-up to Good in Bed is, in a word, fantastic. You'll laugh, you'll cringe, you'll cry as you follow Cannie and her now nearly teenage daughter, Joy. Told through alternating first-person perspectives, Weiner's tale gives mothers and daughters alike a treat to devour.

Candace Shapiro's life has settled into a mundanely happy groove. After the upheaval caused by publishing her sexed-up memoirs years before, she's happily toiling away, attending PTA meetings and hovering over her beloved daughter, Joy.

Joy's less into the hovering, wearing her hearing aids in class and pretty much anything to do with her mother -- especially once she finally reads Cannie's book. Her disdain reaches epic levels as she tries to find out the truth about her birth and her mom. (ATRIA, Apr., 400 pp., $26.95)
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Elissa Petruzzi