Paperback - 2017
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West presents essays dealing with issues of body image, popular culture, feminism, and social justice. She boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how she went from being silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2017
Edition: First trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316348461
Branch Call Number: 818.6 West
Characteristics: xi, 260 pages ; 21 cm


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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.

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.

Sep 21, 2017

The second half of the book is better than the first--it brings West's spirited defense of women as comedians and the right to be flamboyantly present online into sharp, often funny focus as she grows increasingly comfortable in her voice and skills as a writer. Most poignant is a vicious troll who amazingly has the guts to meet her in-person and explain why he targeted her (impersonating her dead father). The first half of the book is, IMO, an overly long description of her acceptance of being overweight, learning to enjoy healthy sex/relationships, and her dislike of monthly periods.

Aug 31, 2017

Tried to get into the style of writing, read half the book, couldn't finish it.

Aug 23, 2017

Lindy West is a writer who covers feminism, social justice, and humor in print and on the Internet. She's been a staff writer for alternative newspapers and a contributing columnist or editor for venues ranging from MSNBC to the New York Times. Her first book details her often painful journey from an extremely shy child to a loud woman with big opinions who battles the media portrayal of women's bodies, the "rape joke" culture of male stand-up comedians, and Internet trolls. The climactic chapter, Slaying the Troll, details West's experience of confronting the troll who impersonated her dead father in person. Her humorous approach to life embodies the quote "Sometimes you gotta laugh through the tears, smile through the pain so you can live through the sorrow." A provocative read from a voice of the Millennial generation.

Mar 19, 2017

Lindy West is a highly talented writer. I've thought so since her Jezebel days, even if I didn't always agree with what she was saying. Shrill is generally well written, however most of the subject matter didn't resonate with me (internet trolls, body image) and most of the book came off as too rant-y.

JCLMaryanaK Dec 22, 2016

On the topics of fat-shaming, women's rights and the anything goes world of the internet, West elucidates her points with humor. Her compassion for humankind, even the mean ones, is catching. Reading "Shrill" is an enjoyable exercise in walking in someone else's shoes.

JCLMELODYK Oct 21, 2016

Ah, the last frontier of socially acceptable isms - fat-shaming. More than anything I've ever read, Lindy West got through to me. She is funny and I'd like to meet her.

JCLHelenH Sep 22, 2016

A must-read for anyone who has ever laughed on the outside, while crying on the inside. Even more so, it’s a must-read for anyone who has ever laughed on the outside while sitting next to someone who’s crying on the inside.

Sep 10, 2016

This was a wonderful book. Lindy West comes off as really smart, reasonable and pleasant. As a skinny white dude, I was really glad I read it.

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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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