Thin Is the New Happy

Thin Is the New Happy

by Valerie Frankel
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Thin Is the New Happy by Valerie Frankel

You've heard the phrase "the mirror is not your friend." For Valerie Frankel, the mirror was so much more than "not a friend." It was the mean girl who stole her lunch money, bitch-slapped her in the ladies' room, and cut the hair off her Barbie.

Like most women, Valerie spent most of her conscious life on a diet, thinking about a diet, ignoring a diet, or failing on a diet. At age eleven, her mother put Val on her first weight-loss program. As a teen, she was enrolled in Weight Watchers (for which she invented creative ditching methods). As a young woman, her world felt right only when she was able to zip a certain pair of jeans. Not wanting to pass this legacy on to her own daughters, Valerie set out to cleanse herself of her obsession. Thin Is the New Happy is the true story of one woman's quest to exorcise her bad body-image demons, to uncover the truths behind what put them there, and to learn how to truly love herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312373931
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 704,797
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Valerie Frankel has been an editor for Mademoiselle magazine and is a contributor to Self, Good Housekeeping, and Parenting magazines. She has written fourteen novels. Thin Is the New Happy is her first memoir. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two daughters, and three cats.

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Thin Is the New Happy 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Shannonc512 More than 1 year ago
This book is inspiring, touching, and possibly life-changing. I just finished it five minutes ago and had to come on here and give it a review (which I rarely do). I would recommend this to ANYONE, young or old, male or female, any race, size, or class, who has ever had issues with body image. You won't be disappointed (and here I thought this would be another rah-rah fitness book that would leave me thinking "Yeah right, won't work for me."). It's amazing how much it made me realize that my body issues are completely emotional (not physical), and that there ARE ways to begin dealing with them and having a better self-image. I'm going to keep this one handy for many years to come, to give me a boost when I need it.
Kimmie_H More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. It makes you think a different way about having bad body images about yourself and how to can overcome that by being confident about your body. I know I've had those times when I've felt bad and started to eat but now this book has given me a great outlook to use on my daily life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the author's writing style, and the book was a good story. But, the thing that bothered me, from a fat person's perspective, is that when the author was at her fatest, she wasn't fat. She obsessed about it, and it consumed her, but by most people's standard, she wasn't fat. At her nonpregnant heaviest, she was a size 10 and ran 3 times a week. Sure, she had to work through some emotional baggage, and I understand that, but the book should be touted as a "working through your baggage book", not a "helping me cope with getting thin book". But maybe that was my misconception.
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Stephen Quint More than 1 year ago
Insightful and funny.
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thebrilliantdance More than 1 year ago
I read this book over a week long vacation abroad, and was really dissapointed when I finished the book 3 days before my vacation was over. What was I going to do for the rest of the time? At times I found myself laughing out loud and other times I was literally crying by the poolside. This is really a great read that will take you up and down with her story!
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PBWriter36 More than 1 year ago
I felt like I could have written this book, as if it were my very own story. Valerie Frankel captured the essence of a life long battle with weight and her mother's constant disapproval. Then, when she decided not to battle any longer, forgive her fat instigators and let go, she actually lost weight without dieting.
alexcross4me More than 1 year ago
I can relate to the author's emotions and ways of thinking in this book. It was a big eye opener for me to read parts and think, "oh my gosh, I do that too!". She has a great style of writing combined with teachable moments. It was a bit of a downer to read that the author was never really "that" big, like another reviewer commented. Even at her heaviest, she was still smaller and running more than me. However, that is a perfect example of our own body perceptions. We never think we are good enough or small enough. Size 4 or 14, we all want to look better.
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