Women Are Funny, It's Okay to Be Fat, and Feminists Don't Have to Be Nice

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Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2016.
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DBRL_JessicaM Sep 10, 2018

The first essay is a little rough. However, the further into the book I went, the more I found myself loving Lindy West's voice. I felt that she was relatable and took me along for her journey. Will place any other books she writes on hold immediately.

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

Hilarious and heartbreaking, these essays showcase Lindy West’s distinct voice. If you are looking for a witty, sharp-tongued feminist hero---you will find her here!

May 20, 2018

Loved this book. Lindy West does a pretty good job of blending the heaviness of her handling rape threats and keeping her public composure as she takes on the comedic scene, with some pretty funny descriptions and one-liners that I feel most people, especially women, can relate to.

Apr 24, 2018

I love this book! Describes the author's journey to love her body. I have been down that road and she nailed it. I recommend this book to everyone.

Jan 23, 2018

Ha, just read someone's comment that the last half of the book gets better. I didn't make it that far. What I read was okay but I was getting tired of her drama even with the humor.

Oct 20, 2017

Lindy West's brilliant memoir is sharp, funny, and an empowering read for anyone who has ever wished for courage to stand up against society's restrictive constructs. I've loved her writing since her early Stranger days through to Jezebel and The Guardian, and listening to this as an audiobook reveals that the voice I've heard in my head has been incredibly spot-on - which shows that she has an innate ability to write with a voice that is authentically her own.

Sep 21, 2017

The second half of the book is better than the first--it brings West's spirited defense of women as comedians and the right to be flamboyantly present online into sharp, often funny focus as she grows increasingly comfortable in her voice and skills as a writer. Most poignant is a vicious troll who amazingly has the guts to meet her in-person and explain why he targeted her (impersonating her dead father). The first half of the book is, IMO, an overly long description of her acceptance of being overweight, learning to enjoy healthy sex/relationships, and her dislike of monthly periods.

Aug 31, 2017

Tried to get into the style of writing, read half the book, couldn't finish it.

Aug 23, 2017

Lindy West is a writer who covers feminism, social justice, and humor in print and on the Internet. She's been a staff writer for alternative newspapers and a contributing columnist or editor for venues ranging from MSNBC to the New York Times. Her first book details her often painful journey from an extremely shy child to a loud woman with big opinions who battles the media portrayal of women's bodies, the "rape joke" culture of male stand-up comedians, and Internet trolls. The climactic chapter, Slaying the Troll, details West's experience of confronting the troll who impersonated her dead father in person. Her humorous approach to life embodies the quote "Sometimes you gotta laugh through the tears, smile through the pain so you can live through the sorrow." A provocative read from a voice of the Millennial generation.

Mar 19, 2017

Lindy West is a highly talented writer. I've thought so since her Jezebel days, even if I didn't always agree with what she was saying. Shrill is generally well written, however most of the subject matter didn't resonate with me (internet trolls, body image) and most of the book came off as too rant-y.

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Aug 23, 2017

"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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