May 4, 2004 in Books

The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life

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I haven’t read much these last few months, but here is a book I’m going to check out the next time I’m in a bookstore.

Who you callin’ fat? By Corrie Pikul
Slate, May 3rd 2004
After a lifetime of obsessing over her weight, the author of “The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life” embarked on a mission to free women from their fear of fat.
Don’t be turned off by the title: Wendy Shanker’s self-help memoir, “The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life,” isn’t just for overweight women. Shanker’s frank and funny look at living large in America will resonate with any woman who has obsessed over her body image (and who hasn’t?). Sounding off on everything from diets to drugs, models to magazines, food to finances, “The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life” recounts the strategies that Shanker, a TV and magazine writer and stand-up comedian, has used to “come to terms with the skin I’m in.” She’s unapologetically Fat with a capital F — “fat is a state of body,” she writes, “but Fat is a state of mind” — and wants to demystify and reclaim the word.

Original link via Jennifer Weiner’s blog.


  1. July 21, 2004 at 7:09 pm


    Hey — can you please change the title of this link? I wrote the “Fat Girl’s Guide to Life” piece for SALON, not Slate. In fact, Slate is a big competitor of ours. I’m sure they appreciate the error, but we don’t! Thanks — CP

  2. May 6, 2004 at 11:07 am


    Miss Ellen — just checked my inventory and I do have Jennifer Weiner’s second book — In Her Shoes. However, it’s part of my hardcover first edition signed collection and I don’t lend those out. If it were softcover, I’d offer up in a heartbeat. Sorry!

  3. May 5, 2004 at 10:42 am

    miss ellen

    I once wrote one of my fave authors an email – he responded so quickly & I was very impressed. If you enjoy a good chuckle, check out Christopher Moore. Have you read Jennifer’s follow up? If you’ve got it, I’d love to borrow….no buying anymore books for awhile!

  4. May 4, 2004 at 4:59 pm


    Yeah, I’ve been reading Jennifer Weiner’s blog since I read her book: Good In Bed. I even communicated with her via email which was really cool.

  5. May 4, 2004 at 3:24 pm

    miss ellen

    oooh, i loved her book good in bed. my friend says her next book is good, but not quite as good as the first….
    didn’t know she had a blog.

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