Title: Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Author: Lindy West
Pub Date: May 2016
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With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.
I am sad to say that I didn’t know about Lindy West before I read this book. I purchased this book because I want to buy any new release from feminist books and because I noticed that it gets excellent reviews on Goodreads. So I just ordered it without researching the author. In this case, I am glad that I bought it because it is a book that I will get back to very often, I will pick chapters that suit best my current situation and search for words of wisdom and kindness from Lindy West. It was so easy for me to relate to Lindy, she is fat as I am, and she is a feminist as I am. And we share some insecurities and troubles with being a fat feminist woman and speaking about that. I am not that ‘loud’ as Lindy, I still need to learn a lot to be more confident of my opinions and this book is a perfect source of learning for me.