Fat Girl

Fat Girl

A True Story

Book - 2005
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A nonfiction She's Come Undone, Fat Girl is a powerfully honest, compulsively readable memoir of obsession with food, and with one's body, penned by a Guggenheim and NEA award-winning writer.
Publisher: New York : Hudson Street Press, c2005
ISBN: 9781594630095
Branch Call Number: 362.196398 M784a 2005
Characteristics: 196 p. ; 20 cm


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I picked this book up based on the first line of the book. I was about to have a gastric bypass and thought I could relate to the author and her struggles.

What I found was a profound look into the life of the author and her family and how one person's struggles don't necessarily become another's learning experience, but rather how people feed... no pun intended... off each other that is not usually a good thing.

I found it an easy read, all be it a little boring. It wasn't the "saving grace" I had hoped it would be, but it also wasn't the worst book I had ever picked up.

I would say if you like to read and you like memoirs, this is an interesting one, but not a literary masterpiece that will change your thinking, motivate you or change your life. You have to do all that on your own!

Cdnbookworm Feb 20, 2014

This memoir is not a happy one. As this author says, it is her story and her family's story. It is about the food they ate. It is about their unhappiness. As she says, "This is a story about an unhappy fat girl who became a fat woman who was happy and unhappy." She found her story difficult to tell, and at times it made her ill to write about it, but it also gave her relief to get the experiences out. She doesn't want people to feel sorry for her, as she doesn't feel sorry for herself. But I have to say that at times I felt sorry for the child she was. Children have less control over their experiences than adults, and her child self tried certain strategies, but always seemed an observer of her own life, wishing and dreaming of different lives but never able to understand what she could do to get there.
She says that while her childhood lacked love for the most part (her uncle seems to have provided the only consistent positive adult presence in her life, with his many friends, pet names for her, and general kindness. She did have the occasional other adult or child in her life who was kind, a neighbour who took an interest or the girl Glenda in her hometown who made sure she had people to sit with at lunch and got introduced to others. But she seems to be unable to know what to do with this kindness and it doesn't seem to have made a difference in her situation.
She calls herself a solitary and I think she is right. She seems the type of person who doesn't make connections either through her own actions or taking advantage of others' actions toward her. I think it is that that makes me feel sorry, sorry for a life without true connection to others.

Monuu Dec 30, 2012

This book was okay. She really needs a ego boost I've never seen someone downplay themselves so much. Certain parts were interesting and some were boring.

Mar 20, 2012

REally good read. This woman really had a tough childhood.

catoenm Jul 01, 2011

can you please check the shelves as I believe that

I returned this book already. Thanks.

Mar 08, 2010

A really quick, great, and emotional read.


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