Passing for Thin: Losing Half My Weight and Finding My Self

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Broadway Books, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 268 pages
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An intimate and darkly comic memoir of a woman who does a 180 with her body.

When she was in her early forties, Frances Kuffel lost half her body weight. In Passing for Thin, Frances describes with unflinching honesty and a wickedly dark sense of humor her first fumbling introductions to her newly slender body, shining a light on the shared human experience of feeling uncomfortable in one’s own skin. She gradually moves from observer to player—enjoying for the first time flirting, exercising, and shopping–as she explores the terrain on the “Planet of Thin.” As Frances gradually comes to know—and love—the stranger in the mirror, she learns that her body does not define her, but enables her to become the woman she’s always wanted to be.

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User Review  - briannad84 - LibraryThing

Only made it to the middle of this book cause I'm in the process of moving, but it was hilarious! I thought the sponser thing was a good idea, but don't care for the dieting part where she was only ... Read full review

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User Review  - skinglist - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this read. While I'm on my own WL journey I haven't faced anywhere near the struggles that Francie did because I have significantly less to lose. Her OA meetings are an interesting ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Frances Kuffel is a literary agent who has published poems and short stories in literary journals, such as Triquarterly, the Georgia Review, Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, and the Massachusetts Review. A native of Missoula, Montana, she has an M.F.A. from Cornell. She currently makes her home in Brooklyn, New York.

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