Dietland

Dietland

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A Best Book of the YearEntertainment WeeklyBustleAmazonWomen's National Book AssociationKirkus ReviewsBookPageKoboLitReactor "Audacious and gutsy and heartbreaking — Dietland completely blew me away." — Jennifer WeinerThe diet revolution is here. And it's armed. Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a teen magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. But when a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots begins following her, Plum falls down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House — an underground community of women who reject society's rules — and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming "beautiful." At the same time, a guerilla group begins terrorizing a world that mistreats women, and Plum becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive. "A giddy revenge fantasy that will shake up your thinking and burrow under your skin" (Entertainment Weekly), Dietland takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight-loss obsession — with fists flying.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780544373440
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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lizcobbe
Jan 01, 2018

This is an engaging, interesting, and problematic novel about body shaming and how women can choose to live in a world that constantly seeks to objectify and sexualize them - and when it can't, it dismisses them or becomes violent. It's especially interesting to read a novel with these themes, written not long before the #metoo movement. How quickly events change our perspective!

Plum is a great narrator whose resolution feels rushed. The absence of any significant male characters is both refreshing and problematic; decent men do in fact exist in the world, even if they inadvertently profit from systematic sexism. And when violent men who have abused women are violently punished, the violence itself seems incompletely considered. And, is it insightful to condemn all women as superficial and insensitive who choose to enjoy their own physical beauty, even if that beauty is mainstream?

But, the story is worthwhile: a women who travels through many relationships with her body and her obesity, against a backdrop of a headline-grabbing series of violent (terrorist?) actions taken by a small group of women who have been dealt enough injustice.

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JashCatrel
Jul 17, 2017

This book is not about dieting or the faint of heart.
The real focus of this book is objectification of the female body.

Manateestarz Jan 26, 2017

A likeable book that really should be two different stories. Plum Kettle is an over weight girl who wished to be thin and writes an advice column for a magazine column called "Dear Kitty".
Then she joins a feminist terrorist cell. Quite disjointed but still interesting.

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claireswazey
Sep 20, 2015

Fun fresh and exciting feminist fantasy novel. It's about dieting and body issues and what we humans do to each other. The women in this book seek to take theirselves back and fight the marginalization of those whose appearances don't suit others.

norareyeurs Aug 28, 2015

I wish this book had another title. I might not have reserved it were it not for reading the synopsis. Kirkus Reviews says, 'Hilarious, surreal and bracingly original. A genuinely subversive, novel that's also serious fun.' To my dismay Walker showed me how far we've yet to go, as women as people. No matter what the issue "One day I'll do this, one day I'll do that. " ...live my perfect life. I'm taking it to heart "Let's start bringing the future and the present a little closer together, just a little bit." A heavy hitter whose book has a lightweight title. It's the stuff of literature.

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Urbano
Aug 25, 2015

Fresh, funny feminist tale. Couldn't put it down.

oldiesgirl Aug 18, 2015

This is one of the best books I've read about how women are supposed to look a certain way. It is funny and wise and I recommend it for all women and those that love them.

FindingJane Aug 15, 2015

Scathing, raw and harsh in its depiction of society’s cannibalism of those it considers unacceptable, “Dietland” is a book that digs deep into the psyche. The book forces you to take a look at the subtle horrors of American society, of the victimization of women in general and obese women in particular. You will ask yourself hard questions while and after you read.

The heroine is one Alicia Kettle, a plump woman nearly crippled by her own lack of self worth. She sings a litany familiar to many such women: If only I were thin, everything would be perfect. People would like me. People wouldn’t laugh at me. I’d be popular, pretty, adored, accepted. I’d be happy.

The book strips away her self loathing and low esteem, layer by painful layer. By inserting fictional news stories about other beleaguered women and the vigilantism that arises because of it, Ms. Walker brings the concerns of Alicia into wider scope. Slowly but surely, Alicia’s fate is intertwined with that of these other shadow women, most of whom she will never meet.

The revelation of how futile and empty is the pursuit of happiness in the forms of pills, diets and cosmetic surgery comes slowly to Alicia. But the admission is all the more welcome for her struggle. Alicia isn’t perfect by any means. Her focus on diet frequently makes her utterly self absorbed, childishly convinced that no one else can know or understand her problems. She is peevish, willful and secretive and then becomes a kleptomaniac, prone to shocking outbursts of violence. The fact that she is the center of this novel means that the reader’s focus is trained almost uncomfortably on her progress rather than that of the myriad interesting and colorful people that occupy her orbit.

Alicia is someone to cheer. She’s someone to despise. She makes you gleeful as she confronts the gawkers and impatient as she lets others manipulate her out of a (false) sense of connection. But she erupts from the page, defiantly large and in charge, and makes this debut novel both a daring treatise and a fierce shout of triumph.

QueenBoadicea Aug 15, 2015

Scathing, raw and harsh in its depiction of society’s cannibalism of those it considers unacceptable, “Dietland” is a book that digs deep into the psyche. The book forces you to take a look at the subtle horrors of American society, of the victimization of women in general and obese women in particular. You will ask yourself hard questions while and after you read. The heroine is one Alicia Kettle, a plump woman nearly crippled by her own lack of self worth. She sings a litany familiar to many such women: If only I were thin, everything would be perfect. People would like me. People wouldn’t laugh at me. I’d be popular, pretty, adored, accepted. I’d be happy. The book strips away her self loathing and low esteem, layer by painful layer. By inserting fictional news stories about other beleaguered women and the vigilantism that arises because of it, Ms. Walker brings the concerns of Alicia into wider scope. Slowly but surely, Alicia’s fate is intertwined with that of these other shadow women, most of whom she will never meet. The revelation of how futile and empty is the pursuit of happiness in the forms of pills, diets and cosmetic surgery comes slowly to Alicia. But the admission is all the more welcome for her struggle. Alicia isn’t perfect by any means. Her focus on diet frequently makes her utterly self absorbed, childishly convinced that no one else can know or understand her problems. She is peevish, willful and secretive and then becomes a kleptomaniac, prone to shocking outbursts of violence. The fact that she is the center of this novel means that the reader’s focus is trained almost uncomfortably on her progress rather than that of the myriad interesting and colorful people that occupy her orbit. Alicia is someone to cheer. She’s someone to despise. She makes you gleeful as she confronts the gawkers and impatient as she lets others manipulate her out of a (false) sense of connection. But she erupts from the page, defiantly large and in charge, and makes this debut novel both a daring treatise and a fierce shout of triumph.

Cynthia_N Jul 29, 2015

Good book! Funny and deep at the same time. The main character Plum (Alicia is her inner skinny lady) is unhappy in her life and she ties it all to her weight. Through some crazy adventures she comes to realize she should be enjoying her life no matter what her weight.
Dabsitaf is the diet medicine name. Really?!?

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