14 thoughts on “Read Feed Me? Go review it!”

  1. Should we write reviews even if we’re halfway through? The second half is indefinitely on hold for me… (damn work!)

    Kate, I’ve mentioned your piece from that book roughly 50 billion times now in conversation.

  2. I’m going to order it right now. Amazon also helpfully recommended “The Big Skinny: How I Changed My Fatitude.” Is this a good suggestion? I’m a newbie Shapeling and I’d love to get some recommendations on books to read to help me continue feeling fabulous about myself just the way I am.

  3. Leslie — if you haven’t read The Beauty Myth, that’s a good one for all kinds of looks-related things, makeup, clothes, size, etc.

  4. The Grief Diet killed me, too.

    I may have reviewed it — Amazon told me it would take 48 hours for it to be posted. Ack. Real name issues.

    I’m going through a bit of a tough time, and could have written a better review if I were feeling better. I hope it suffices. I did really enjoy the book. I am recommending it to my friends. Were I not cash poor, I would buy many copies for my friends.

    I did also buy Yes Means Yes and it’s taking me longer to read, but also giving me more to think about. Kate’s essay in Yes Means Yes is the thread that connects the two books most clearly, but there’s just so much connecting how we feel about our bodies and our efforts to control them, and the external efforts to control women’s (and otherly gendered) bodies.

    In Feed Me, in Susan O’Doherty’s essay “The Twin Paradox” contains a person (Marianna, her therapist) who is described the way I would like to be known — brilliant, accomplished, dedicated — and very fat.

    Well, very fat varies from person to person. I don’t know if I’m very fat — does it matter? But there’s something about that description that I like.

  5. I have read it and am planning to review it but have been too busy/lazy so far. I promise I’ll get to it as soon as I have time.

  6. Aw MAN, Joyce Maynard is in it? Kate, I’m not sure my mother will let me buy the book. Joyce Maynard is her Emily Gould.

    Here’s another gem from Carol Lay.

    Oh wait, so we’re the next stage of evolution? I can live with that.

  7. There might not be an easy answer to this, but just in case – do you know if it’s more helpful to the book’s sales numbers to buy the print version (which is also slightly more expensive) vs. the kindle version? I’m shifting most of my book buying to kindle, but if official sales numbers and the like only count print, I’ll go with that. . . .

    Though, come to think of it, this might be a book I want to lend out to people anyway.

  8. Leslie, a book I really like is Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body by Susan Bordo. It’s approaching its third decade, so the references are a little old (lots o’ Madonna) and the last few chapters are some heavygoing academic theorizing, but it’s still golden overall.

  9. Grrr, that exact same “joke” (?) about evolution shows up on the cover of a recently-published book called The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race by Barry Popkin. (Unpack that title, I dare you.) In this version, though, our fine fat fellow has what looks like a Big Gulp and they’ve put some undies on him. Perhaps it’s our foundation garments that have wreaked all this havoc.

    There’s also a doughnut. Not sure if it’s baby-flavored.

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