Thin Is the New Happy
Book: Thin Is the New Happy , by Valerie Frankel, ISBN10: 0312373929, ISBN13: 9780312373924, St. Martin's Press, September 2008, Hardcover
Valerie Frankel has been an editor for Mademoiselle magazine and is a contributor to Self, Good Housekeeping, and Parenting magazines. She has written fourteen novels. This is her first memoir. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two daughters, and three cats. Visit www.valeriefrankel.com.
You’ve heard the phrase “the mirror is not your friend.” For Valerie Frankel, the mirror was so much more than “not a friend.” It was the mean girl who stole her lunch money, bitch-slapped her in the ladies’ room, and cut the hair off her Barbie.
Like most women, Valerie spent most of her conscious life on a diet, thinking about a diet, ignoring a diet, or failing on a diet. At age eleven, her mother put Val on her first weight-loss program. As a teen, she was enrolled in Weight Watchers (for which she invented creative ditching methods). As a young woman, her world felt right only when she was able to zip a certain pair of jeans. Not wanting to pass this legacy on to her own daughters, Valerie set out to cleanse herself of her obsession. Thin Is the New Happy is the true story of one woman’s quest to exorcise her bad body-image demons, to uncover the truths behind what put them there, and to learn how to truly love herself.
Without reading the liner notes, one would never realize that narrator Marie Caliendo is not, in fact, the author of this memoir, so intimate, truthful and emotionally honest is her performance. Her voice is thoughtful and searching, when Frankel tries to explore the psychological reasons for her yo-yo dieting and binging; embarrassed and cringing, as she recalls junior high taunts; determined and empowered as she speaks of her resolve to live a healthy lifestyle with positive self-image. Caliendo also evokes other voices well, especially the harsh, berating tones of Frankel's judgmental mother. Any woman who has ever looked at her body in the mirror and criticized herself will relate to this audiobook-an emotion enhanced by Caliendo's warm, understanding tone, which reassures the listener, "I've been there, too." A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, June 23). (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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