Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology

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Donna Jarrell, Ira Sukrungruang
Harcourt, 2005 - Literary Collections - 300 pages
6 Reviews
As Americans are the fattest people on earth, the fat, the formerly fat, those who feel fat, and those who fear fat encompass just about all of us. In this surprising collection of pieces, almost half of which are original to this anthology, some of our most lively, provocative writers explore the many folds of fat that make up reality.

From David Sedaris's hilarious assessment of his father's fat prejudices in "A Shiner Like A Diamond" to Anne Lamott's self-prescribed cathartic weight loss remedies in "Hunger", Pam Houston's rich literary panorama in "Out of Habit I Start Apologizing," and psychiatrist Irving Yalom's deeply moving confrontation of his own biases in "Fat Lady," each piece in its unique way deals with fat as a matter of fact.

Sometimes funny, sometimes angry, often illuminating and always engaging, these writers make a new and compelling case for why we should make room for a bigger behind.

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Review: Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology

User Review  - Deborah - Goodreads

I gained some insights from a few of these essays that will help me better understand some people in my life who are obese. A couple of essays were cruel and offensive to humanity, not just fat people ... Read full review

Review: Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology

User Review  - Hilary - Goodreads

This was so incredibly boring and not at all what I expected. I liked the David Sedaris story and the stories about the gastic bypass patients and the girl who went to therapy in CA. Those were the types of stories I expected throughout the book.. unfortunately it just did not deliver for me. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Donna Jarrell is a self-described fat American who lives in Columbus, Ohio. Ira Sukrungruang teaches creative nonfiction at the State University of New York-Oswego.

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