The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted – Elizabeth Berg

The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted – Elizabeth Berg
Random House – 2008
  Reviewed By: Sheri de Grom

I added The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg to my shopping basket simply because I read everything she publishes, or at least everything I find. I bought the collection of short stories, brought it home, and placed it in my ‘to be read room’ (I must confess I no longer have ‘to be read stacks or piles.’ The time for stacks and piles had passed six months previously when I’d asked my husband to build bookshelves in yet another room. But I digress.

Elizabeth Berg is one is one of the first women fiction writers to whom I was introduced by the owner of an independent bookstore when we lived in Roseburg, Oregon. Unfortunately, the store is long gone, but I still read the authors I met during the short time I was assigned to the Veterans Administration there. I’ll always consider that particular store my introduction to my on-going love affair with character-driven novels.

I’ve read nineteen Elizabeth Berg novels and—despite the fact that I’ve never been a fan of short stores—I enjoyed The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted as much as any book she’s written.

The characters are women of a certain age with life experiences and real life problems—women who are willing to face their lives head-on and in unconventional ways.

Many of the stories are food-related and others are interrelated to relationship issues women face in mid-life and later. I cheered these women on and wished them success.

Mature romantic love finds its way onto the page. A love of long ago reappears in one story and a woman learns to cherish her husband all over again in another. In yet another story, a mature woman comes to grips with what it’s really like when she steps beyond the home she’d turned into a prison.

Each story is a continuing reminder that we really can do whatever we want. We don’t have to wait until no one is looking. The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg is a fulfilling read. My heart was content when I’d finished the last short story and I wondered why I’d waited so long to read this collection.

Don’t wait as long as I did. Go read and by all means enjoy!

What do you wait to do until no one is watching?

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About Sheri de Grom

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs. on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental healthcare reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Medicare and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA Inspector to include Super Fund sites. Full time caregive to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternatives, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as the Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).
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10 Responses to The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted – Elizabeth Berg

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Yes, I am an admirer of hers as well!

  2. Sounds interesting, I will check her out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. I’ll have to look up Elizabeth Berg. I have so little time to read now I’m into revisions … short stories may be just what I need! Thanks!

  4. I used to read Elizabeth Berg and then, I don’t know, other authors got in the way. I’m going to purchase that book and I’m sure it will bring back the reason I loved her writing. Thank you.
    Oh, what do I wait to do until no one is watching? I love to savor a cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate candy – all alone – with no one around – just because.

    • Patti – That first cup of coffee in the morning – the steam rolling off the top of the cup, the aroma, the clear and dark liquid made from sparkling fresh and clean water — oh how I love it. I must have steamed skimmed milk on top – at least 3 inchs and I’ve finally mastered the art. The first cup is hot and then I switch to bone chilling cold iced skinny latte for e-mail and such as I move through the day. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Sheri, yet another great review … yet another delicious temptation 🙂 What I wait to do is not when no one is watching … but when I think no one can hear. I still love to play loud music and let myself go complete nuts. It’s my solitary joy … for me better than chocolate or shopping. Thanks for introducing me to Elizabeth !!

    • Music is an absolute necessity – I’ve developed playlist after playlist and label them for different moods. Elizabeth Berg is one of my all time favorite authors. May I be so bold as to suggest: Talk Before Sleep, The Pull of the Moon, Open House, A Year of Pleasures and the list marches on. Now, back to music, I wouldn’t have made it through college if it weren’t for the promise of going out dancing after class. I was a good student but loved to dance and what great exercise.

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