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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman (Hardcover)

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It is a vomitous cliche to say that a book is "hilarious and brilliant at once!", but: oh my god, guys. Lindy West's long-awaited first book is far and away the best humor writing I've read in years, and also the freshest take on feminism I've read in forever. Whether she's writing a send up of the vanishingly small number of fat female role models in the media (e.g. that bear in The Jungle Book dressed up in a gypsy costume) or dissecting the astonishing fallout of an essay she wrote about rape jokes in stand-up, West's writing is vital, uncompromising, and totally new. When you add in the sucker-punch of a few astoundingly touching personal memoirs (you might remember her This American Life piece about being trolled on twitter by a stranger pretending to be her dead father), you'll leave this book convinced that there isn't a genre of nonfiction that West can't tackle, and no realm of the modern female experience that doesn't need her voice. Fat-positive, intersectional, bonkers-great writing from a radically good person. -Kea's May Staff Pick, 2016

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Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can't be funny.

Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible--like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you--writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.

From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.

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.

About the Author

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She's currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and and a weekly columnist at The Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You - It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an Internet troll who impersonated her dead father. She also was listed as "Internet's Most Fascinating of 2015" by, and helped launch the viral #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag in defense of women's reproductive rights.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316348409
ISBN-10: 0316348406
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 272
Language: English