Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology
Donna Jarrell, Ira SukrungruangISBN: 0156030225;
As Americans are the fattest people on earth, the fat, the formerly fat, those who feel fat, and those who fear fat encompass just about all of us. In this surprising collection of pieces, almost half of which are original to this anthology, some of our most lively, provocative writers explore the many folds of fat that make up reality. From David Sedaris's hilarious assessment of his father's fat prejudices in "Fatty Suit" and Bill Bryson's ironic diet epiphany in "The Fat ofthe Land," to Anne Lamott's self-prescribed cathartic weight loss remedies in "My Secret Body," Pam Houston's rich literary panorama in "Out of Habit I Start Apologizing," and psychiatrist Irving Yalom's deeply moving confrontation of his own biases in "Fat Lady," each piece in its unique way deals with fat as a matter of fact. Sometimes funny, sometimes angry, often illuminating and always engaging, these writers make a new and compelling case for why we should make room for a bigger behind....
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