Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology

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Donna Jarrell, Ira Sukrungruang
Harcourt, 2005 - Literary Collections - 300 pages
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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  - Angela - Goodreads

Some of the stories in this book scream, "YEAH! FAT POWER!" Some are cautionary tales of being fat and the dangers it entails. Some are funny, some are sad, and some induce rage the likes of which I ... Read full review

Review: Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology

User Review  - Melanie Page - Goodreads

Donna Jarrell's and Ira Sukrungruang's anthologies (they also have a fat fiction anthology) have become important to me. Fall of 2013 I taught from the fiction anthology as part of a Contemporary ... 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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