Bridget Jones is back

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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding Knopf, $26.95 Audiobook: Random House Audio, $40; read by actress Samantha Bond (Miss Moneypenny in the Pierce Brosnan James Bond films).

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Bridget Jones is back, and she’s — gasp — middle-aged.

It has been 14 years since Helen Fielding wrote the sequel to Bridget Jones’ Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Both bestsellers (and major motion pictures) followed the ups and downs in the life and relationships of a calorie-conscious 30-something single woman, who fought a never-ending battle with dating and dieting.

In Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, which is set in present-day London, our heroine is dealing with single parenthood, social media (a Twitter account, texting while drunk, email etiquette) and whether to Botox or not. She wonders: Is it better to die of Botox or die of loneliness because you’re so wrinkly? So, yes, she’s still keeping a diary. (g.)

Bridget 2.0 is still on the market, and her love interests, Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver, will be a “presence” in book three, according to the author. In press material Fielding said: “My life has moved on, and Bridget’s will move on, too. If people laugh as much reading it as I did while writing it, then we’ll all be happy.” (v.g.)

— Celeste Williams

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