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Shrill

Shrill

Notes from a Loud Woman

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:
NPR, ESQUIRE, The LA Times, and NEWSWEEK

WINNER OF THE STRANGER GENIUS AWARD

Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can’t be funny.

Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.

From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.

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.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Feminism & Feminist Theory

On Sale: May 17th 2016

Price: $26 / $31.5 (CAD)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780316348409

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"Lindy West's memoir is a witty and cathartic take on toxic misogyny
and fat shaming. She comes to accept her body just as Internet trolls
congregate en masse to try to rip this new confidence from her, but she's
rearing to fight back...In Shrill, West
is our fat, ferocious, and funny avenging angel."—NPR, Best Books of 2016

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"It made me hurt, both from laughing and crying. Required reading if you are a feminist. Recommended reading if you aren't."—Jenny Lawson, #1 bestselling author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy

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"Lindy West is an essential (and hilarious) voice for women. Her talent and bravery have made the Internet a place I actually want to be. Thank you, Lindy."—Lena Dunham, #1 bestselling author of Not That Kind of Girl

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"Hey reader! I thought I'd read enough in this lifetime about people's childhoods and feelings and such and I'd never want to do it again. But Lindy West is such a totally entertaining and original writer she kind of blew that thought out of my head halfway into the first chapter. I dare you to feel differently."—Ira Glass, This American Life

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"It's literally the new Bible."—Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of How to Be a Woman

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"One of the most distinctive voices advancing feminist politics through
humor...With patience, humor and a wildly generous attitude toward her
audience [West] meets readers at their point of prejudice so that she
may, with little visible effort, shepherd them toward a more humane
point of view."—The New York Times Book Review

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"Lindy
West is funny. That's the first thing you should know about her essay
collection on feminism, fat acceptance, and Internet harassment....Lindy has
faced so many intolerable and enraging situations as a fat woman who is
outspoken in her writing and on social media, but she always frames her
negative experiences with humor and perspective. With her clear-eyed insights
into modern culture and her confidence in her own intelligence and personal
worth, West appeals to the humanity of even the most parents' basement-dwelling,
misogynistic and casually hateful of trolls."—Esquire, Best Books of 2016

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"There's a reason Lindy West is such a beloved writer: she gets to the
heart of impossible issues with humor and grace. West will have you
cringing, laughing and crying, all within one page. Shrill is a must-read for all women."—Jessica Valenti, author of Why Have Kids and Full Frontal Feminism

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