Tales From The Scale

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Publishers Weekly
Shea, who gained national attention with her weight-loss blog "Lose the Buddha" in 2003, presents a zesty, honest collection of stories following the triumphs and trials of several overweight women who "got to The Point and found their own map out of Big Girl Town." The book's format is similar to a blog, with short, informal entries, but rather than just sharing a lone blogger's struggle to shed pounds, it brings together tales by Shea and six of her girlfriends who also have diet blogs. Some of the pieces are tinged with bitterness, especially in their descriptions of other people's reactions to the writers' diet attempts and subsequent lack of support. Mainly, though, the women find humor and encouragement through shared experience. Shauna Marsh wonders why department stores always put plus-size clothes in inconvenient locations, like the basement or the top floor: "Perhaps the more remote the location, the less they have to acknowledge that the plus-size section even exists. Or maybe they think, The walk will do you good, fatty!" The writers take on other issues, too, like sex, fat camp, identity and life after weight loss. The savvy, amusing voices will provide a refreshing treat for any diet-weary woman. Agent, Stephanie Lee. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Combining her own writings from her weight-loss blog, Lose the Buddha (www. ejshea.com), with those of six fellow weight-loss bloggers, Shea offers readers a personal look at the day-to-day trials of struggling with food, body image, and social interaction. Alternately witty, angry, heart-wrenching, and ultimately upbeat, the topically arranged blog entries of these self-described "Fat Girls" cover their personal histories, sex, weight loss, clothing, setbacks, and weight maintenance. All dieters will easily see themselves in these essays despite the fact that all the writers are women. As Shea writes on her blog, "Nowhere [do we] tell you how to lose weight, but [we do] speak to just about anyone who has or who is trying or who has tried in the past." A worthy addition to any public library with self-help or consumer health collections.-Rachel M. Minkin, Graduate Theological Union Lib., Berkeley, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593373283
  • Publisher: F & W Media Inc
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 887,774
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    aim low & avoid dissapointment

    Funny & entertaining at times, but its mostly complaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2005

    Truly inspiring

    This is not a weight-loss book or a book that preaches to overweight women to 'embrace and accept their weight/big butts.' The stories were written by women who are forthright with their issues, past and present. I certainly relate to these women because after gaining a lot of weight, I couldn't find the 'trigger' to pull that would motivate me to lose the weight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2005

    Great Read

    Very well written & entertaining book. I could not put this down! Not a book about how to loose weight, but stories from women who have or are fighting to lose weight. Some succeed, some fail, but all have very good stories to tell. As someone who is not overwieght, it was a facinating look into the lives of women who are. An eye-opening read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    Awesome girl

    I think that Erin Shea has a very honest and inspiring look on weight loss and accepting who you are. The book was easy to read and hits very close to home. I am glad she wrote it and I think that it is one of the best books I have read recently.

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