Shrill

Shrill

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"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 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"-- Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2017
Edition: First trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780316348461
0316348465
Branch Call Number: 818.602 W52049W 2017
Characteristics: xi, 260 pages ; 21 cm

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West’s essays address topics from being a woman on the Internet, to body image, trolls, and shyness.

Book Bingo Squares: Read Out Loud, Memoir, Local Author. "Hearing her read it out loud in her own voice was fabulous!"


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FPL_Amy Nov 19, 2019

Almost too relatable, especially if you grew up in the 90s. It's a funny, sincere account of life as a fat woman in the United States.

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NadiaHathor
Oct 24, 2019

I loved that concept of solidarity with Women being a drug of choice! It's definitely mine. I got this book in both print and audio and Lindy's narration added to my pleasure. I was hooked from the first page and not released until the last! I laughed vigorously, continuously and uproariously even while reading in public! And I also felt wrenched deeply by her vulnerability and elated and enamored by her bravery! This Memoir is notable for the expansiveness of disclosure she conveys combined with a writing style which is as engaging and cathartic as chatting with your bestie. A must-read for Feminists and those who are still on the fence!

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emmckee
Sep 12, 2019

I watched Season 1 of the Shrill TV show, and it was pretty good, but I was unimpressed on the essays that spurred the show. I ended up giving up on the book after 2 essays. Just not that compelling.

ArapahoeLaura Jun 24, 2019

A collection of essays perfect for anyone woman who has spent time in online spaces, Lindy West has been where you are and then some. The first season of the tv adaptation just came out on Hulu, and while it is not an exact translation of West's experience, it is a faithful translation.

RainbowPonygirl1234 Jun 20, 2019

This started off really funny, and it carried the humor through the end, but West touches on some traditionally controversial topics so it's not all laughs. But her writing is RAW and heartfelt, and honest, and self-aware, and I really enjoyed reading it on a whole. Not going to lie, she's very involved in comedy-verse and I'm not so whenever she would go more in depth about some of the happenings in that world (I have a particular essay in mind - but as I write this I don't remember, and I already returned my book to the library, bleh) I skipped. *shrug*

But I still highly recommend for anybody that enjoys reading essay collections with loud and wonderful feminist and body-positivity points to make.

VaughanPLKim Jun 01, 2019

Journalist Lindy West touches on a number of hot-button issues, such as weight, abortion, rape culture, and online trolls. She addresses these topics with both honesty and humour. Particularly moving is the piece about confronting the troll who posed as her recently deceased father in order to harass her. West, despite being justifiably upset, manages to treat the troll with compassion and even gets an apology. The book has been adapted to a TV series starring Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant.

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booksmile
May 06, 2019

Important, funny, heartfelt writing. She details her journey to body acceptance and self-confidence and fighting for herself and feeling like she deserves real love and all kinds of good stuff.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I felt triggered/traumatized by a lot of her past ideas about herself and by descriptions of abuse she received...so be in a good place about yourself while reading and/or maybe skip an essay or two if say reading about a fatphobic bigot of a boss gives you awful flashbacks.

KatieD_KCMO Feb 19, 2019

A poignant and hilarious look into Lindy West's journey towards loving herself, and finding love, in a world that tells her she's unlovable. A heartbreaking peek into the world of online harassment and the real impact it has on women. Despite the real depression, anxiety and fear online harassment causes, West finds it within herself to speak even louder, to push for cultural change, to rise above the threats and vitriol and continue to work for a more inclusive, kind, and diverse future. A great quick read.

A poignant and hilarious look into Lindy West's journey towards loving herself, and finding love, in a world that tells her she's unlovable. A heartbreaking peek into the world of online harassment and the real impact it has on women. Despite the real depression, anxiety and fear online harassment causes, West finds it within herself to speak even louder, to push for cultural change, to rise above the threats and vitriol and continue to work for a more inclusive, kind, and diverse future. A great quick read.

OPL_MichelleC Jan 17, 2019

I've heard Lindy on This American Life multiple times and loved her stories. Not surprising, I loved learning more from and about her journey as a writer and a woman. She's an honest writer who engrosses her with her detailed narrative.

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Aug 23, 2017

"I sometimes think of people's personalities as the negative space around their insecurities...We construct elaborate palaces to hide our vulnerabilities, often growing into caricatures of what we fear."

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