Shrill

Shrill

Notes From A Loud Woman

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316348409
0316348406
Branch Call Number: B WEST LINDY
Characteristics: viii, 260 pages ; 21 cm

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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.

DBRL_JessicaM Sep 10, 2018

The first essay is a little rough. However, the further into the book I went, the more I found myself loving Lindy West's voice. I felt that she was relatable and took me along for her journey. Will place any other books she writes on hold immediately.

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

Hilarious and heartbreaking, these essays showcase Lindy West’s distinct voice. If you are looking for a witty, sharp-tongued feminist hero---you will find her here!

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Margotdumanoir
May 20, 2018

Loved this book. Lindy West does a pretty good job of blending the heaviness of her handling rape threats and keeping her public composure as she takes on the comedic scene, with some pretty funny descriptions and one-liners that I feel most people, especially women, can relate to.

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cardigramma
Apr 24, 2018

I love this book! Describes the author's journey to love her body. I have been down that road and she nailed it. I recommend this book to everyone.

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kathylou
Jan 23, 2018

Ha, just read someone's comment that the last half of the book gets better. I didn't make it that far. What I read was okay but I was getting tired of her drama even with the humor.

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"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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