Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

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by Lindy West
     
 

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Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women," Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits SHRILL, her highly-anticipated literary debut.

West has rocked readers in work published

Overview

Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women," Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits SHRILL, her highly-anticipated literary debut.

West has rocked readers in work published everywhere from The Guardian to GQ to This American Life. She is a catalyst for a national conversation in a world where not all stories are created equal and not every body is treated with equal respect. SHRILL is comprised of a series of essays that bravely shares her life, including her transition from quiet to feminist-out-loud, coming of age in a popular culture that is hostile to women (especially fat, funny women) and how keeping quiet is not an option for any of us.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 04/11/2016
West, a GQ culture writer and former staff writer for Jezebel, balances humor with a rare honesty and introspection in her debut. Over the course of the book, West details finding her voice as a writer and a feminist through stories about her family, her weight, having an abortion, and the emotional toil of being harassed online. West's chronicle of the series of highly personal online attacks—and of how much Internet conversations have changed in the past decade—marks this book as required reading. Always entertaining and relatable, West writes openly and with clear eyes about embarrassing moments and self-esteem issues, and has a remarkable ability to move among lightheartedness, heavy hitting topics, and what it means to be a good person. By reading about West's thought-provoking responses to online rape jokes, gender-specific attacks, and being trolled about a family tragedy, readers learn by example how to navigate the Internet's sometimes soul-sucking terrain with dignity and retain a sense of adventure. Agent: Gary Morris, David Black Agency. (May)
Library Journal
05/01/2016
GQ culture writer West's essay collection addresses topics such as fantasy literature, fat acceptance, rape jokes, and being a woman on the Internet with sometimes bittersweet, frequently hilarious results—step five of "How To Stop Being Shy in Eighteen Steps" involves joining a choir with "uniforms that look like menopausal genie costumes." In one of the most powerful pieces, the author describes being targeted by an online troll who had adopted the persona of her late, beloved father (his Twitter bio read "Location: Dirt hole in Seattle"). After writing about the situation for Jezebel.com, West was contacted by the troll, who apologized and agreed to join her on an episode of NPR's "This American Life" to discuss why he'd done such a cruel thing to a complete stranger. West's prose is conversational and friendly in tone, hacking away at the patriarchy with a smile. VERDICT This is a natural fit for fans of Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, Felicia Day's You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), and Jenny Lawson's Furiously Happy.—Stephanie Klose, Library Journal
From the Publisher
"It made me hurt, both from laughing and crying. Required reading if you are a feminist. Recommended reading if you aren't."—Jenny Lawson, #1 bestselling author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy"

Lindy West is an essential (and hilarious) voice for women. Her talent and bravery have made the Internet a place I actually want to be. Thank you, Lindy."—Lena Dunham, #1 bestselling author of Not That Kind of Girl"

Hey reader! I thought I'd read enough in this lifetime about people's childhoods and feelings and such and I'd never want to do it again. But Lindy West is such a totally entertaining and original writer she kind of blew that thought out of my head halfway into the first chapter. I dare you to feel differently."—Ira Glass, This American Life "

It's literally the new Bible."—Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of How to Be a Woman"

One of the most distinctive voices advancing feminist politics through humor...With patience, humor and a wildly generous attitude toward her audience [West] meets readers at their point of prejudice so that she may, with little visible effort, shepherd them toward a more humane point of view."—The New York Times Book Review"

There's a reason Lindy West is such a beloved writer: she gets to the heart of impossible issues with humor and grace. West will have you cringing, laughing and crying, all within one page. Shrill is a must-read for all women."—Jessica Valenti, author of Why Have Kids and Full Frontal Feminism"

The surge of love and joy I felt while crylaughing through this book almost made my cold dead heart explode. Lindy is so smart and so funny that it almost hurts my little jealous-ass feelings. She is my most favorite writer ever."—Samantha Irby, author of Meaty"

Ask West one question, and the feminist writer and film critic's answer feels like wandering into an extraordinarily engaging women's studies class taught by your favorite comedian. West pings back and forth between astute commentary about the role of women in society to clever asides on the idiocy of trolls to riotous observations about life on the Internet."—Cosmopolitan"

Lindy West has written a really funny, insightful book that you all should buy. I would recommend reading it, too."—Andy Richter"

She's candid and funny, unafraid to criticize rape jokes or explain how airline discriminate against fat people, and her fearlessness has made her one of the most notable voices on the Internet."—Flavorwire"

Lindy West can take almost any topic and write about it in a way that is smart, funny, warm, and unique."—Bustle"

In Shrill...West is utterly candid and totally hilarious....She's also quite moving...In an age in which Internet umbrage is almost as rampant as Internet trolling, West, as funny as she is incisive, distinguishes herself as a writer who cuts to the heart of the matter. Shrill is no exception."—Vogue.com"

One of the most impressive aspects of this book is the level of nuance, self-reflection, and humanity that West displays in her analysis of her own writing and her relationships with others.... She shows that you can be funny and mean and incisive and brilliant, and you can also be thoughtful and considerate and write with intention....Throughout, West proves herself to be a considerate and critical narrator with equal capacity for humor and genuine reflection-a writer who can turn her analytical eye just as easily to society as to her own life. It's the best kind of memoir, and it shows that Lindy West still has a lot more to say-and that we should all keep listening."—Bitch Media"

Lindy West did not set out to be a feminist warrior against the forces that wish to silence and hurt women for doing things that men take for granted...Someone has to fight the misogynists, after all, and West is well-situated for the front lines, lacing her blunt sense of humor with a surprising amount of nuanced empathy, even for those out there who are the ugliest to women."—Salon"

From her early stories to the hot-off-the-press pages of Shrill, there is one ever-present, never exhausted hallmark of West's writing, and that is its unwavering heart. Whether she's writing about being fat-shamed by a stranger or confronting the troll who posed online as her recently deceased father, West has a way of wringing empathy and catharsis out of even the most deplorable circumstances. Reading her book is like taking a master class in inclusivity and cultural criticism, as taught by one of the funniest feminists alive today."—Refinery29"

Uproariously funny...Readers will delight in West's biting clarity....Despite its serious subject, West's ribald jokes, hilarious tirades, and raucous confessions keep her memoir skipping merrily along as she jumps from painful confession to powerful epiphany. Sure to be a boon for anyone who has struggled with body image, Shrill is a triumphant, exacting, absorbing memoir that will lay new groundwork for the way we talk about the taboo of being too large."—Booklist (Starred Review)
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There's some beautiful, joyful writing here: West defies cliches both by being persistently hilarious and deeply loving.....In the same way that West traces the sobering long-term consequences of fighting over big cultural issues in public, she also writes with substance and grace about living in her own body in a way that transcends the sometimes facile cheerleading for body positivity that shows up everywhere, from feminist Tumblrs to the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.....It's not easy to talk about the work and consequences involved in changing the world; we crave triumphal stories and incidents to get outraged by. The strength of "Shrill," though, is the way it captures both halves of the equation, the joy of those hard-fought victories and the pain incurred in battle."—Washington Post"

Read her ferociously funny book and you'll be shouting her praises."—People"

Both sharp-toothed and fluid....To see so much of West's writing in one place is to appreciate her range. She can eviscerate the status quo with raunchy humor....She can attack entrenched sexism with skilled polemic....And she can leave both of those modes behind to write poignantly about growing up, losing her father, and falling in love....West is propulsively entertaining."—Slate"

Lindy West's debut book, Shrill, is an emotional rollercoaster. One moment you're snorting from laughter, trying to avoid all the weird looks you're getting on the train. The next you're silently absorbing a larger truth neatly packaged into the perfect sentence you didn't expect to read."—Mother Jones"

In her incredible and insightful new book Shrill....West gets unflinchingly real about growing up fat and the harmful impact that the media (and its disdain for fat women) can have on young girls....what West ultimately strives for is to incrementally make those small changes that can lead to something so much bigger and better for us all."—Amy Poehler's Smart Girls"

[Lindy is] warm and cutting, vulnerable, and funny in equal measures; her sense of self makes you yourself feel seen."—Buzzfeed"

This is who Lindy West is: A constantly harangued feminist writer ready to transmute your BS into comedy....you need to read [Shrill]. It's hilarious, biting and wise."—The Huffington Post"

A compilation of powerful and brave essays about coming-of-age in a world that's set on silencing girls and women."—Revelist"

Stitch-inducing and searingly honest."—USA Today"

Lindy
West is one of the Great Ladies of the Feminist Internet, her writing style alone setting a regal standard for many of us coming of age in these wild online times....250 pages of pure hilariousness...West writes about both the trap of living in a body and identity that is marginalized, but also the power we have to reclaim these identities by being wholly,
indefatigably, and - wait for it - shrilly ourselves."—Feministing.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316348409
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
05/17/2016
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
26,106
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Lena Dunham
Lindy West is an essential (and hilarious) voice for women. Her talent and bravery have made the Internet a place I actually want to be. Thank you, Lindy. --Lena Dunham, #1 bestselling author of Not That Kind of Girl
Jessica Valenti
There's a reason Lindy West is such a beloved writer: she gets to the heart of impossible issues with humor and grace. West will have you cringing, laughing and crying, all within one page. Shrill is a must-read for all women. --Jessica Valenti, author of Why Have Kids and Full Frontal Feminism
Jenny Lawson
It made me hurt, both from laughing and crying. Required reading if you are a feminist. Recommended reading if you aren't. --Jenny Lawson, #1 bestselling author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy
Samantha Irby
The surge of love and joy I felt while crylaughing through this book almost made my cold dead heart explode. Lindy is so smart and so funny that it almost hurts my little jealous-ass feelings. She is my most favorite writer ever. --Samantha Irby, author of Meaty
Caitlin Moran
It's literally the new Bible. --Caitlin Moran, NYT bestselling author of How to Be a Woman

Meet the Author

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She's currently a culture writer for GQ Magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at The Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | / It's Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.

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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Kate_Brunswick 10 months ago
Lindy West writes hilariously, beautifully, and thoughtfully about issues great and small from Disney villains, online harassment, fat phobia and comedy to losing her father and falling in love. I laughed, I cried, and I furiously scribbled "Yaaaaas!" on the borders of nearly every page. Required reading for all humans.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Hats off to Lindy for writing a book that speaks the truth about being a woman with agency in our society today. Although, sadly, her feelings about herself mirrored my own at many points in my life, I admire Lindy for getting to a place of strength and acceptance and ultimately power. Lindy is a great role model for young women trying to find their own voices. And yes, she's hilarious too.
6844872 11 months ago
Absolute drivel. Poor Lindy, how oppressed she is! The struggle for equality a middle-class white woman born and raised in Seattle faces must be heroic. Move over BLM- the new, doughy face of the oppressed is here.