The Bigger the Better, the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image, & Other Hazards of Being Female

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In this outrageous collection of laugh-out-loud essays, nothing is sacred and no horror story goes untold, Brazilian bikini waxes, nursing nightmares, boob jobs, jiggly thighs, overzealous sweat glands, and pure, shameless vanity-it's all here in these brazenly honest tales, from twenty-one hilarious writers who've survived it all and have the stretch marks to prove it. We all know we worry about our looks too much, but who wants to admit it? These women do, and they tell the unflinching uproarious truth about ...
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Overview

In this outrageous collection of laugh-out-loud essays, nothing is sacred and no horror story goes untold, Brazilian bikini waxes, nursing nightmares, boob jobs, jiggly thighs, overzealous sweat glands, and pure, shameless vanity-it's all here in these brazenly honest tales, from twenty-one hilarious writers who've survived it all and have the stretch marks to prove it. We all know we worry about our looks too much, but who wants to admit it? These women do, and they tell the unflinching uproarious truth about our bodies, and the tragicomic relationships we women have with them. Reading these essays is like having a girls' night out with your best friends-only much, much funnier, and without the hangover the next day.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580052108
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
The Pencil Test & Other Boob Failures
The Slow Boob Movement   Kim Wong Keltner     2
My Life As a Mammal   Laura McNeal     7
Getting from A to B   Sarah Hart     22
Chair Work   Roseanne Malfucci     32
Reduced   Nancy Rabinowitz     48
Big Asses, Moon Bellies & Wide Loads
Suburban Hottentot   Laura Fraser     58
Navel Attire   Jennifer D. Munro     64
Battleships   Jennifer Carsen     70
Beauty Queens & Ugly Ducklings
More Than Pretty   Tara Bray Smith     82
Pear Apparent   Beth Lisick     92
Fine with This   Mae Respicio     101
The Ugly Prize   Laura Catherine Brown     113
The Clearasil Years
Feels Like Teen Spirit   Marie "Riese" Lyn Bernard     130
Around the Bend   Adrianne Bee     148
The Freak in My Pants   Lisa Taggart     162
Stretch Marks: Pregnancy & Other Bum Deals
Bump Doesn't Begin to Describe It   Samantha Schoech     182
Scrambled Eggs   Molly Watson     192
Two Things I'm Really GoodAt   Veronica Nichols     214
The Breakdown: Aging & Illness
Now You're Just Like Flannery O'Connor: A Few Things Not to Tell the Newly Sick   Mary O'Connell     226
The Seven-Month Itch   Patricia Bunin     233
Ain't No Forehead Smooth Enough   Monica Holloway     240
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    Posted May 6, 2008

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    I'd been feeling down and out about life and love and a friend gave me this book--she said she got some good laughs out of it. I read it in one sitting and really apprecaited the intelligence and humour shared by these female writers. My favorites were one by Patricia Bunin, where she recounts her experience w/breast cancer (this one hits close to home as I have loved ones who have been through similar experiences). I also loved the funny and at times touching piece by Mae Respicio, in which she writes about her experiences as a woman of color in dating and marriage. All of the stories made me laugh out loud in some form or another. I'd highly recommend this for your summer reading.

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