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Getting Waisted: A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a Society That Loves Thin Paperback – Apr 1 2014

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (April 1 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075731774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757317743
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #394,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"My dear friend Monica Parker, the hilarious humorist, Mother Hen to me, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, John Candy―all of us when we started out in Toronto―has written a book about truly finding yourself, being content with who you are, and developing an enduring sense of self-esteem."

Dan Aykroyd comedian, actor, and original cast member of Saturday Night Live

"Funny, frank, and refreshingly honest, Getting Waisted is Monica Parker's audacious memoir about her lifelong love/hate relationship with her body. But this book isn't really about being fat; it's about being human, and every woman who has ever used food to sate an emotional emptiness, or longed for self-acceptance, should read it."

Jillian Medoff, bestselling author of I Couldn't Love You More and Hunger Point

"I love Monica's humor, her honesty, and―better―her truth. That love letter to her unexpected boyfriend is something every woman will want to live. I love her compassionate, funny, sharp, beautiful, and romantic voice. It'll make sooo many women feel they are not alone."

Katie Ford, writer/producer of the box-office smash, Miss Congeniality, and the renowned TV series, Desperate Housewives

"Monica Parker brings a human―and funny―face to the body politic that dictates that happiness and acceptance derive only from a slim physique.  She courageously mines her life experience, in and out of the public eye, not only exposing her vulnerabilities but also  revealing her resilience and hard-won self-acceptance. Monica's story inspires and her message is truly off the scale."

―David J. Pilon, Ph.D., 2012 president, Eating Disorders Association of Canada-Association des Troubles Alimentaire du Canada

"Monica Parker's work is outstanding. What she writes about mirrors the experience of many, and her capture of it is clever, poignant, and leaves her readers feeling like we belong. I've listened to the reaction of her audiences―it's as if she's been inside their heads. She says it as others have experienced it: all the silly, hurtful, and consuming monkey-talk we put ourselves through by not accepting who we are. Monica evokes a full spectrum of emotion: 'Did she really say that?' 'Aren't we suppose to keep that to ourselves?' 'I thought I was the only one who felt different/lesser/odd…' Thank you, Monica, for exposing our nutty ways through your humor and naked honesty. It inspires me, and others, to become more and more of who we really are meant to be. "

―Christie Andrus, M.A., president, The Human Factor

"Thank God Monica Parker has turned her revelatory one-woman show into a hilarious memoir. At times both gobsmacking and inspiring, it's a story for any human who has struggled with 'fitting in' and gaining ever elusive self-acceptance and love."

―Sarah Rafferty, actress, 'Donna Paulson' on USA Network's hit drama Suits

"Ever known a female worried about losing her virginity, bathing suits, and finding Prince Charming while battling body issues? Ever known a female who hasn't?

"Meet Monica Parker, the brilliant, witty, and perceptive woman who has gifted us with a hysterically funny, painfully honest, and outrageous true-life memoir of her life lived well and large. Getting Waisted leads us on Monica's raucously hilarious journey, from Scotland, to Toronto, and then to Beverly Hills―a fat girl growing into a fat woman, hungry for love and life while struggling with scores of diets tried and failed.

"But because Monica is a gifted writer, right up there in the Pantheon with Nora Ephron and Carrie Fisher, there's more than laughter here. This is ultimately a story, populated by a parade of incredible characters, about breaking free from societal stereotypes to embracing who you are, and living life on your own terms. Parker has done that with enormous charm, wit and humor, emerging as a happy and successful actress, writer, producer, and inspirational speaker living an extraordinary life―and with her Prince Charming at her side.

"She beat the odds, and after reading this wonderful book, I think I can too!"

―Arlene Sarner, award-winning screenwriter/playwright/producer

"Getting Waisted is funny as hell, and the good news is, it's not just for big girls. It's a welcome tonic for anyone who has ever looked in the mirror and felt insecure . . . hello skinny, flat-chested girls with cat-eye glasses! Her adventures through self-doubt and into the sunshine of self-love are full of sass and panache. She's a cheerleader of the 'don't let 'em get you down' school of survival, and the BFF we all want on the other end of the line. So let's have a piece of chocolate, reapply that red lipstick, and get out there and give 'em hell, girls! Life's a cake and Monica wants more. I'll have what she's having!"

―Wendy Crewson, award-winning actress

"Play the hand you've been dealt. Heard it before? It's never rung so true as from this very funny, brutally honest voice. In Getting Waisted, Monica Parker shares 'the 101 humiliations it cost her to create the evolved woman' she's become. She finds a comedic take on most of those mortifying events, and chalks up the rest to the fire needed for the forge. Few of us escape the curse of comparison, especially with the media bombarding us with impossible standards of beauty and lifestyle, but Ms. Parker, in true Rabelaisian spirit, inspires us to get on with it, to accept and forgive. What an amusing kick in the ass!"

―Kerrie Keane, artistic director, White Buffalo Theatre Company

About the Author

Monica Parker  is an actor, writer, and producer in theatre, television, and film, most notably All Dogs Go to Heaven. She was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, until the age of thirteen when she immigrated with her parents to Toronto, Canada. Monica is currently starring in her insightful and funny one woman show, Sex, Pies & A Few White Lies, which premiered in 2010. Monica has just completed two features already under option, and has a recurring role on ScyFy's Defiance. Monica lives with her long-time husband and saint, Gilles.

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Format: Paperback
Written in a wonderfully inclusive style, this book had me laughing out loud and moved by Monica Parker's down to earth, dig deep honesty. What I love most, is the author's voice. She's now a friend, a sister, someone who helps me move along my own path. This book, if I can maintain a modicum of anonymity, is for any one struggling with their weight, and who is considering or is in a 12 step program. It is a 4th step. The author doesn't present it as such, but for me, that what it is and I loved the journey. If you've ever wanted to read one...if you ever wanted someone to show the way...if you've ever wanted to move on from misery to self-love and acceptance and laugh and cry as a joyous spirit moves you forward with her own example, this book is for you.
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Reading Getting Waisted was like spending an afternoon with a best friend who makes you afraid to sip your wine because she might say something that makes you snort. The author has a gift for making us laugh and for laughing at herself, although it was the pain that squeaked up between the lines that gave this book intimacy and staying power through my second read. For me this wasn't necessarily a book about losing weight, it was a book about surviving life with the aid of humour, desperate measures, and unconditional love. I cheer for Monica Parker just the way she is.
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I was skeptical that the subject matter would hold my interest for a whole book's worth, but Monica Parker's wit and honesty held me in thrall. Something about that weaving - is it warp and woof - brings out the best in the reader...I loved the twists and turns of fate and Monica's unique's rare to find a writer who can so well replicate the spoken word, timing and all, on the page. A great read: perhaps especially when a person needs to be completely distracted from life's miseries.
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It's emotionally moving AND laugh out loud funny! This is a story of her life. She has run the gamut of life struggles and writes about them with respect to their significance and appropriate levity. I loved that each chapter was set with a foray into a new life changing diet.....and I'm glad none of them worked because the result is better than if they had!
Monica has it all figured out. Life coach material!
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