- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Hudson Street Press; 1 edition (March 1 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594630097
- ISBN-13: 978-1594630095
- Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.1 x 20.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,425,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Language:Chinese.HardCover. Pub Date :2007-10-7 Pages: 196 Publisher:. Oversea Publishing House A nonfiction Shes Come Undone Fat Girl is a pow-erfully honest and darkly riveting memoir of obsession with food. and with ones body. penned by a Guggenheim and NEA award-winning writer. For any woman who has ever had a love-hate relation-ship with food and with how she looks. for anyone who has knowingly or unconsciously used food to try to fill the hole in his heart or soothe the craggy edges of his psyche. Fat Girl is a brilliantly rendered. angst-filled coming-of-age story of gain and loss. In this mesmerizing book. Moore describes. in vivid detail. what it was like to be the fat girl. both in school and in her loveless home; dreading unan-nounced weigh-ins in front of her class and avoiding the verbal and physical lashings of her petite and icy mother; struggling to become in...
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It's important to note this book is titled 'Fat Girl' not 'Fat Girls'. This is the story of one fat girl and her struggle to find love and is not meant to be a representation of all fat girls. Although any abused child (fat or not) may find glimpses of their life within these pages. Moore insists, "All I will do here is tell my story."
Moore divulges the history of fat amongst the people in her family but mostly her and her father. Many pages are dedicated to her father's love of food and their struggle with "This will be the last. I'll eat no more," syndrome. It's obvious throughout that young Judith is searching for and aches for love. Which she never seems to find.
The first person account is depressing on so many levels. After the first chapter I debated about not reading any further. In fact, numerous times I thought about quitting. There is a lot of self loathing which becomes quickly unnerving. It's interesting, in a voyeuristic kind of way I guess.
Little Judith comes across as neurotic numerous times. When she lived with her grandmother she would sic the dog on the hens and watch them die with "disorienting pleasure". She also committed two break-and-enters by the time she was 12 for the sole purpose of walking around the homes to look through their personal items and most importantly to eat their food. One moment you're thinking she needs therapy and then the next you're reading about her mother screaming and beating her.
I'm sure some will be concerned with further stereotyping of all fat people: they stink, they sweat heavily, and they can't control their eating. More of a concern for me was the negativity around menstruation appearing at various points throughout.
There's been so much negativity about our periods for decades I'd hate for some girl to read this and think anything other than positive thoughts about her menstruation. It's important for readers to know some of the things Moore says may relate to all fat people and some of the things she says are just for her. We are not all the same regardless of how similar. The content is definitely for an adult mind.
-Fat Girl- almost seems incomplete. While Moore briefly mentions marriage and children there is a whole area of her life that seems ignored in this rather short 196 page, memoir. For what there is, it is effectively blunt in describing the suffering of a young fat girl and while the purpose was not meant to be an inspiration, she did survive and go on to have a productive life. But for such a depressing read whose sole purpose seems to be to shock, I'm not moved to recommend someone put out $25 for it. Try the library first or wait for paper back.
Review Originally posted at http://largeandlovely.bellaonline.com
This, is a good book. Hence, I rated it four stars. It was well written, to-the-point. I found it impressive that the author was able to condense her whole childhood into roughly 190 pages and still give you detailed explanation of what she went through, why she is how she is, etc. I've read many memoirs that just seemed to drone on and on about pointless things. I'm glad this one didn't as it had the potential to. Really impressive. I couldn't say I ever laughed out loud because it was just too heart-breaking. The epilogue was one of the best ones I've read, and the ending left you with a feeling of solidarity. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. It may be a light book, but it's not a light read.
However, from the beginning where she was describing herself, I pictured a big, ugly monster. I couldn't go through the book with that as a visual, so I looked her up on the internet. When I saw her face, I was surprised. She wasn't even fat, nor was she ugly. Obviously that was a gross exaggeration, so I had to wonder what else in that book was exaggerated. But I highly doubt anything is.
Also, I DID NOT like the picture she painted of women. I was appalled by it and that made it lose a star in my book. I'm sorry, but everyone stinks. It's just a fact of life. Whenever a man was described that man would smell like pleasant things, but with a woman she smelled like 'private odor' or whatever she used to sugar-coat it. And the way she made menstruation look was appalling. 'A rock that bled on itself one a month'. Ugh.
Her story is inspiring to those who grew up with similar circumstances and to those who didn't. At least she has taught me to accept who I am and be brave and true to myself.
For those looking for similar reads, I want to point out-Nightmares Echo, Smashed and The Glass Castle
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