Moose: A Memoir

Moose: A Memoir

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by Stephanie Klein

ISBN-10: 0061672866

ISBN-13: 2900061672865

Pub. Date: 06/09/2009

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

With her signature acerbic wit and captivating insight, the author of the wildly popular Straight Up and Dirty offers a powerful and beautifully stark portrait of adolescence

While she is pregnant with twins, one sentence uttered by her doctor sends Stephanie Klein reeling: "You need to gain fifty pounds." Instantly

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With her signature acerbic wit and captivating insight, the author of the wildly popular Straight Up and Dirty offers a powerful and beautifully stark portrait of adolescence

While she is pregnant with twins, one sentence uttered by her doctor sends Stephanie Klein reeling: "You need to gain fifty pounds." Instantly, an adolescence filled with insecurity and embarrassment comes flooding back. Though she is determined to gain the weight for the health of her babies—even if it means she'll "weigh more than a Honda"—she can only express her deep fear by telling her doctor simply, "I used to be fat."

Klein was an eighth grader with a weight problem. It was a problem at school, where the boys called her "Moose," and it was a problem at home, where her father reminded her, "No one likes fat girls." After many frustrating sessions with a nutritionist known as the fat doctor of Roslyn Heights, Long Island, Klein's parents enrolled her for a summer at fat camp. Determined to return to school thin and popular, without her "lard arms" and "puckered ham," Stephanie embarked on a memorable journey that would shape more than just her body. It would shape her life.

In the ever-shifting terrain between fat and thin, adulthood and childhood, cellulite and starvation, Klein shares the cutting details of what it truly feels like to be an overweight child, from the stinging taunts of classmates, to the off-color remarks of her own father, to her thin mother's compulsive dissatisfaction with her own body. Calling upon her childhood diary entries, Klein reveals her deepest thoughts and feelings from that turbulent, hopeful time, baringher soul and making her heartache palpable.

Whether Klein is describing her life as a chubby adolescent camper—getting weighed on a meat scale, petting past curfew, and "chunky dunking" in the lake—or what it's like now as a fit mother, having one-sided conversations with her newborn twins about the therapy they'll one day need, this hilarious yet grippingly vulnerable book will remind you what it was like to feel like an outsider, to desperately seek the right outfit, the right slang, the best comeback, or whatever that unattainable something was that would finally make you fit in.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note     ix
Part 1     1
Baby Fat     3
Part 2     7
Weigh of Life     9
Sabotaje     23
Sloppy Seconds     32
Bay of Pigs     53
Your Worth in Weight     67
Blame It on the Rain     87
Shrink-wrapped     107
Mamma Mia     125
When Even "Misfit" Misfits     146
American Pie     161
Hurts So Good     177
Are You There, God? It's Me, Pound Cake     188
Caught     206
Inside Out     219
Tall Tales and Heroes     235
Part 3     255
Moose     257
To Fat and Back     271
The Hate Diet     278
Father Figurative     288
The Mother Load     295
Acknowledgments     309

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Moose 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
David_Bremmerton More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It is well written and very moving. I love memoirs and this one is a great one.
Shari4 More than 1 year ago
Moose is an excellent book about the pains of being an overweight adolescent. Rather than being a sanctuary, Fat Camp is just as full of backstabbing and failures as the "normal" world. An absolutely brilliant piece of writing. Five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. I was a fat kid too and the stories here in this book just really resonated with me. I felt what she felt. I highly recommend this book.
NicAwesomeOle More than 1 year ago
Being an adolescent girl is hard, being a fat adolescent girl is even harder. There are few things in life as embarassing as being the fat kid. Everyone sees the class pictures, the lonely lunches and the sweat stained t-shirts in gym class. However, though as zoftig as she may be at home, she's one of the hot girls at fat camp, dozens of pounds lighter than most of the other campers. But all is not well at fat camp. There are social and sexual fumblings, as well as firsthand, backstabbing and breakups, as well as a triumphant weight loss and rumor-laden return home. Fat camp and Klein's 'big' childhood are put into perspective as Klein, a now pregnant-with-twins-woman, is told by her doctor that she has to gain weight. Klein takes readers into the trenches of the weight battle with Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp. Readers that have sometimes been fat and those who are always fat will find a champion in Klein, or at least those who want to get thinner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moose is a very honest book, and Klein doesn't hold back. Though, if you have never been fat, you probably won't be able to relate or fully see where she is coming from. I was a fat kid, so every sentence I was just like, "YUP!" It helped me to see that I'm not the only one who has been through the weight struggles my whole life, and though it's a true story, I found Stephanie to be such an interesting person/character. She has her issues, but she grows with them in the end. I also don't recommend this book for anyone under 18, or anyone with eating disorders. Otherwise, a very easy book to read (yet, the writing is brilliant), and I would definitely recommend!
PiccoultFan More than 1 year ago
Great book! Of course, it helps if you are able to relate to the struggles of being overweight. I found this book very light and easy to read. I enjoyed the author's style of writing and overall just really enjoyed reading it. If you grew up overweight, most likely you will identify with the same struggles as the author.
lucydavenny More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Stephanie Klein fills her text with the understanding of how teens and kids can really be. I related to every word written and her clever and classic humor really does add a little extra to her view and outspoken opinions. Klein's witty, yet still intelligent metaphors make you sure of her fun, horrible, painful, and even heartbreaking experiences. Her personality shows through the text and it makes you feel like you're having a conversation with a real person, as if her talent in writing comes totally natural.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really disappointed in this book. Rather than being the inspirational story it could be, Klein's telling of her life as an overweight adolescent left me thinking "yeah, so what, we've all lived through tough times". Kids are kids, mean kids are mean kids. We all learn to deal with it in our own way. I got really irritated with Klein as she continually threw her parents under the bus on several occasions, placing blame on them for her own poor choices. Even near the end, when telling the story from an adult viewpoint, she doesn't take responsibility. Her rants left me wondering if any of her family members are even still speaking to her. My advice -- skip this one.
JoyinHim More than 1 year ago
That is my immediate reaction to the title of this book. I can identify with the picture on the cover! I wanted to find out what this girl thought and did and felt. Her experience in life, with a mother who thought she had a weight problem and insisted she do something about it, and her summer sojourns at fat camp are certainly not mine, but what an interesting story she has to tell. Camp is camp, Kids are kids, and weight issues are weight issues. So the book is a slice of life in those settings, but with a slant. Enjoyable, but not something I would give to an adolescent or a prepubescent girl. Funny in parts, touching in parts but a bitingly fresh look at fat girls, fat camps and that age that we never want to go back to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book in years I could NOT finish! Wasn't worth wasting my time, when there are so many good books out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads with them
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Heads back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She nods. "We need to head back. I bet their hungry." She lifts the other side of the moose onto her back as rhey walk back
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DaniDee327 More than 1 year ago
Fun, easy read. Really enjoyed it. An honest memoir of a girl and her life long struggle with how she views herself.
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RhondaVA More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Highly recommend!
BooknutJD More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read in a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was touching sensitive issues of growing up (and out). Some how body awareness becomes more mental than physical.