Notes From A Loud Woman

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"Presents a series of essays by the American writer and comedian, dealing with issues of body image, popular culture, feminism, and social justice,"--NoveList.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316348454
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 260 pages)

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A series of essays by the American writer and comedian, dealing with issues of body image, popular culture, feminism, and social justice.

Angela's Pick: In this memoir by Lindy West, the reader is treated to the author's humorous and painful examination of on-line misogyny and fat shaming while she simultaneously finds her feminist voice and comes to accept her own body. It's an extraordinary look at the vile behavior of internet ... Read More »

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Sep 08, 2020

It wasn't funny and seemed to lack focus, but I admire Lindy West's stance on the unfunny business of rape jokes and her fat activism.

May 07, 2020

A series of essays by the journalist Lindy West who is a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Guardian and This American Life. Focusing mainly on the fat acceptance movement and feminism and the reactions she gets to these topics, these sometimes hilarious, sometimes painful essays should be required reading for all citizens. What a great book to discuss!

Mar 27, 2020

This is the ideal quarantine read, imo: laugh-out-loud, make-your-roommate-pause-her-videogame-so-you-can-read-her-whole-chapters funny with just enough seriousness to be a hard-hitting read. It's also short enough to finish in 2 sittings. I really enjoyed this one.

Jan 13, 2020

This book is vulgar and disgusting. I couldn't force myself to get through more than a chapter and a half before I'd had enough of the author's profanity and sex talk. I would give it negative stars if i could.

Jan 02, 2020

"My little victories--trolls, rape jokes, fat people's humanity--are world-building. Fighting for diverse voices is world-building. Proclaiming the inherent value of fat people is world-building. Believing rape victims is world-building. Refusing to cave to abortion stigma is world-building. Voting is world-building. So is kindness, compassion, listening, making space, saying yes, saying no. Were building our world, right now, in real-time. Let's build it better."

In this memoir West holds nothing back, sharing about her childhood, being a shy child always trying to cover her bigger body. She discusses her never ending battle with vicious and toxic internet Trolls. She duscusses her love for stand up comedy. She opend up about the loss of her father and how it changed her relationship with the man that would become her husband, tells of bad relationships, of traveling as a fat person, sexists bosses, internet writing, and addresses certain unpleasant subjects like rape culture, fatphobia and misogyny.

Her journey is brave and inspiring, she breaks free of society standards that typically want women to keep quiet. There is definitely something to be learned and or related to in these pages.

Also I started the series this book is based on and binged it in one sitting, yes its that good!

STPL_Emily Dec 27, 2019

I really enjoyed this one! Lindy West has a voice I want to listen to. She writes with clarity, wit and vulnerability. I found this collection of essays to be a very easy read. West had me laughing out loud, burning with rage, and cheering her on throughout the ups and downs of her story. I would recommend this book to most people. It is very palatable.

FPL_Amy Nov 19, 2019

Almost too relatable, especially if you grew up in the 90s. It's a funny, sincere account of life as a fat woman in the United States.

Oct 24, 2019

I loved that concept of solidarity with Women being a drug of choice! It's definitely mine. I got this book in both print and audio and Lindy's narration added to my pleasure. I was hooked from the first page and not released until the last! I laughed vigorously, continuously and uproariously even while reading in public! And I also felt wrenched deeply by her vulnerability and elated and enamored by her bravery! This Memoir is notable for the expansiveness of disclosure she conveys combined with a writing style which is as engaging and cathartic as chatting with your bestie. A must-read for Feminists and those who are still on the fence!

Sep 12, 2019

I watched Season 1 of the Shrill TV show, and it was pretty good, but I was unimpressed on the essays that spurred the show. I ended up giving up on the book after 2 essays. Just not that compelling.

ArapahoeLaura Jun 24, 2019

A collection of essays perfect for anyone woman who has spent time in online spaces, Lindy West has been where you are and then some. The first season of the tv adaptation just came out on Hulu, and while it is not an exact translation of West's experience, it is a faithful translation.

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"I sometimes think of people's personalities as the negative space around their insecurities...We construct elaborate palaces to hide our vulnerabilities, often growing into caricatures of what we fear."


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