It’s a complete understatement when I say I’m a bookworm. I love books, all types of books, in any formats: hardback, paperback, eBooks, and audiobook. If you got a good book, I will read the heck out of it and don’t get me started on libraries. I am that type of chick that will spend all day perusing books in my nearby library. So it goes without saying, I spent most of my life with a nose in my book. So, when I decided as a fat woman to look for fat accepting and/or fat positive books, finding them was like trying to holy grail.
If you are a fat person, I don’t need to tell you that fatphobia is real and it invades every part of our ordinary lives. This is why fat positive or plus size positive media is so important. So I’m going to list seven fat positive books that will uplift you, delight you, and all around make you feel like the royalty fat people are all clearly are.
Summary: In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.
Summary: Vibrant, vivacious, and gorgeous, Wendy Shanker is a fat girl who has simply had enough-enough of family, friends, co-workers, women’s magazines, even strangers on the street all trying (and failing) to make her thin. Written in Wendy’s wonderfully funny and candid voice, The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life provides thought-provoking insights, statistics, and body-image resources intended to restore a realistic standard of beauty and self-acceptance to the 68 percent of American women who wear a size 12 or larger. The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life invites you to step off the scale and weigh the issues for yourself.
Summary: Whether you’re a size 2, 12, or 22, it’s considered normal to hate your body. Society practically encourages it. But this discontent is really just a way of masking deeper issues such as insecurity, low self-esteem, or a longing for love and acceptance. By focusing on what others tell you are your shortcomings, you miss countless opportunities to feel connected, sexy, and powerful.
Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds from Now brings good news: By changing your thoughts, language, and actions, you can truly begin to love and appreciate your body today. In this book, acclaimed author and motivational speaker Jessica Weiner provides real solutions to real problems and helps women everywhere begin to decode the Language of Fat while discovering how to feel good in the here and now. With quizzes, tips, and tools, Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds from Nowoffers a step-by-step guide for creating a more fulfilling and positive life. You’ll feel better about your relationships, your job, your family, your friends, and yes, even your body!
Summary: Fat? Chunky? Less than svelte? So what! In this hilarious and eye-opening book, fat and proud activist/zinester Marilyn Wann takes on Americas’ biggest fear—worse than the fear of public speaking or nuclear weapons—our fear of fat.Statistics tell us that about a third of Americans are fat, and common sense adds that just about everyone, fat or thin, male or female, has worried about their appearance. FAT!SO? weighs in with a more attractive alternative: feeling good about yourself at any weight—and having the style and attitude to back it up. Internationally recognized as a fat-positive spokesperson, Wann has learned that you can be absolutely happy, healthy, and successful…and fat. With its hilarious and insightful blend of essays, quizzes, facts, and reporting, FAT!SO? proves that you can be out-and-out fabulous at any size.
Summary: 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.
Summary: Beautiful You is a practical, candid, and accessible handbook that will strike a chord with every woman who has ever faltered in her self-confidence or lost her personal brilliance—and it will make sure she never lets it happen again.
Summary: A deeply personal take, Landwhale is a glimpse at life as a fat woman today, but it’s also a reflection of the unforgiving ways our culture still treats fatness, all with Jes’s biting voice as the guide.