What is this project?
My ongoing search that started in December 2016 is to find positive representations of folks who identify as fat women in books. That positive representation will not hinge on the character being miserable and then happy after losing weight or falling in love. Characters can lose weight or fall in love, but it is not the catalyst for their happiness. I also will not recommend books in which the character pulls her body apart and criticize pieces (I call this the “chicken dinner”).
I purposely use the word “fat” because it is not a bad word. Using plump, curvy, plus-sized, fluffy, big-boned, shapely, voluptuous, or any other term suggests that fat is bad and thus needs a euphemism.
Some books are complicated. Some are good but have issues. I try to be clear about why I would/would not recommend a book and am happy to answer questions about individual books at grabthelapels AT gmail DOT com.
Highest Recommended Reads:
- Dietland by Sarai Walker
- Fat Assassins by Marita Fowler
- Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
- Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
- Belly Songs: In Celebration of Fat Women by Susan Stinson
- Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
- Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
Books by Genre:
*NOTE: books that do not yet have a hyperlink are To Be Read.