Thursday, July 14, 2011

Something less twisty and intense

I took a break between Murakami books to read something lighter and more straightforward.  Thin Is the New Happy by Valerie Frankel is a memoir about Frankel's attempt to free herself from her lifetime of dieting and body image issues.  I enjoyed it.  It's light-hearted but also honest.  Frankel didn't have a horrible eating disorder or shocking history to write about (though that's not to say there aren't sad, difficult things that she dealt with and discusses in the book), but that doesn't mean she has nothing to say.  Her observations are funny and keen.  One line I enjoyed is when she points out that dieters think of certain foods as bad or evil.  "Putting 'cupcake' in the same category as 'Osama Bin Laden' is just wrong."

I really, really hope she is still managing not to obsess about her weight.  It's so tough in our culture.

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