The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life
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.