Now Isn't THAT the Truth?

If you like cloying affectation masquerading as insight, then you will enjoy the much hyped Bridget Jones's Diary. The alter ego of London journalist Helen Fielding, Bridget is a bundle of frail funk, preoccupied by short skirts, long nails and yo-yo dieting. She has mother issues, toxic-married-men issues, smoking issues and VCR-programming issues. She affects irony, so you know she is deadly serious about her postfeminist problems--find a gym, find a guy, find a low-cal chocolate. If only she would find a life. And a brain.

Rather than with Bridget, curl up with Nuala O'Faolain (Are You Somebody: The Accidental...

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