Reading While Fat

A new blog

Have you ever been reading and come across a description of a fat character that annoys you? Me, too. Each week, I’ll review a different book and report whether it is fat positive (Yay!) or anti-fat biased (Boo.). I’ll focus on fiction and memoir, with an emphasis on diverse and queer-friendly authors.

Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body

Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body (2020), by Rebekah Taussig, was a recent book group selection, and I’m so glad! If we live long enough, all of us, without exception, will become disabled. Sitting pretty, by rebekah taussig Taussig writes brilliantly and with humor about growing up disabled and being aContinue reading “Sitting Pretty: The View From My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body”

Bad Fat Black Girl

In Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist, Sesali Bowen (coming October 5, 2021) combines memoir and feminist cultural analysis seamlessly. Bowen centers her own fat Black queer experience, as a memoirist should, and she includes definitions to make her writing accessible to people not familiar with Black culture, and more specifically, trapContinue reading “Bad Fat Black Girl”

Storm of Locusts

For pulse-pounding Native American fantasy with no anti-fat bias, look no further than Rebecca Roanhorse, starting with Trail of Lightning and continuing into Storm of Locusts.

O Beautiful

O Beautiful by Jung Yun (coming November 2021) is the story of the return of Elinor Hanson, a forty-something former-model-turned-journalist, to North Dakota near her hometown. Avery is a town full of changes brought by the oil boom in the Bakken shale, where people sleep in parking lots because there are no hotels to beContinue reading “O Beautiful”


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