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Adam Bonin, a litigator and graduate of The University of Chicago Law School, is engaged to a biker. But this is no ordinary biker. This particular biker and fiancee, who can pedal 30 miles in one sitting, happens to be Philadelphia author Jennifer Weiner. Weiner and Bonin met in 1999, fixed up by Philadelphia Inquirer movie critic Carrie Rickey, a colleague of Weiner’s at the newspaper. Less than a year later, sometime after an 18-hour date, Weiner knew that Bonin was “the one.” Bonin proposed to Weiner at Judy’s Cafe in Philadelphia, where they had their first date. Bonin had secretly arranged with the maitre d’ to play the song “At Last.” Weiner heard the music start and thought someone in the place was celebrating a birthday. But the next thing she remembers is that Bonin was down on one knee, saying something romantic like “Blah, blah, blah, love, blah, blah, blah, commitment . . . ” She accepted. Smiling, Weiner explained why she loves Bonin. “He’s happy, he’s secure, he’s confident, he’s really good at what he does, and he’s not struggling,” she said. “Up until the time I met Adam, I dated struggling artists and writers. Adam was different. In addition to not struggling, he was savvy, he had insight and he was focused,” she said. “Adam was also the first guy to read ‘Good in Bed.’ I was really nervous about that. I gave him the manuscript and expected him to call me and say, ‘I read up to Page 137, and I want to tell you that it’s over between us.’ That way, I rationalized, even though I would be heartbroken, at least I’d be able to use that information in the future and I’d know how far, up to what page, in the book I could let someone that I was very interested in read up to,” she said. Much to Weiner’s delight, Bonin read the entire manuscript and stayed. “I am just thrilled for Jen,” Bonin said. “From watching a draft, it has been an interesting process. It is so important to get her voice out there. She’s smart, energetic, caring, sincere and incredibly funny. She is what she writes.” While Bonin’s sky-blue eyes sparkle when he talks about Weiner, they blaze with loyalty when he talks about his job at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. “I enjoy being a litigator, and I am very happy at Schnader,” Bonin said. “There’s an energy in controversy. I like fights, devising a strategy and helping a client get what he or she wants. I enjoy meeting with clients, conducting discovery and being an advocate. And, it is very important to me that Schnader is committed to taking a large public-service and public-interest role.” Weiner recalled when she took Bonin home to Connecticut after they had been dating for almost a year. “They all leaned on Adam heavily,” she said. “My grandmother was the most compassionate one. She merely demanded: ‘What’s going on here? You’re not getting any younger!’ “ Weiner’s mom will walk her down the aisle when she gets married in October. Like Cannie, her book’s heroine, Weiner has a very good relationship with her mother. Her mom was the one to turn her on to author Susan Isaacs, whom Weiner admired and who, much to Weiner’s delight, wrote a glowing endorsement of “Good in Bed” for the book cover. The success of “Good in Bed” has clearly changed her mom’s life as well as Weiner’s, even in terms of day-to-day activities: “Now, my mother goes regularly to a local bookstore in Connecticut. Usually the books are arranged alphabetically by author, so she doesn’t like the location of my book. So she moves my books around. So far, she hasn’t moved my book onto the Oprah-recommended shelf, but that’s only because she doesn’t believe in tempting fate.” Weiner’s mom is not the only one who is very happy about the success of “Good in Bed.” “It’s great to walk in to a bookstore and see the book on the shelves. It’s a sense of fulfillment,” acknowledged Weiner. Within two days of its initial sale, “Good in Bed” went into its second printing. And, it has been as high as No. 19 on the Amazon hardcover fiction best-seller list, reported Weiner, admitting that she had never followed the list as carefully before as she does now. “Good in Bed” also spent two weeks on The New York Times‘ expanded best-seller list. If “Good in Bed” makes it to Hollywood, there will have to be an agreement about the actress who plays Cannie. It is important to Weiner that the actress remains true to the form of Cannie as she is shaped in the novel. Some believe that such an actress does not exist, but Weiner refuses to believe that, calling it “rank misogyny thinly disguised as a business reality.” Weiner also has strong feelings on another subject: “If you are going to be a parent, you must commit to your children.” Weiner, the child of divorced parents, rejects the theory that a child is ever old enough to handle a divorce. “Parents may tell children that you’re 16 and old enough to handle this, but the fact is you’re never old enough to handle it. My parents never sat us down and talked with us. Instead, my dad just left, and we never heard from him for years,” she said. “There is always a part of me that wishes that there was a mom, a dad and a kid … me. You don’t want to spend your life blaming stuff on your parents’ divorce, but the fact that there used to be a mom and dad and the fact that he’s not there hurts even though they tell you otherwise.” In addition to juggling a national book tour and her job as a columnist, Weiner is already working on her next book, “In Her Shoes,” a dark comedy about two sisters. One sister is a lawyer who works in a big firm, takes a break to do a stint walking dogs, then goes back to a different type of legal position that’s a better, personal fit. Oh, and she marries a litigator. Sara Lee Goren has a private practice focusing on family law; she is also a divorce and custody mediator.

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