Dietland

Dietland

Large Print - 2018
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A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery when she gets drawn into a shadowy feminist guerilla group called "Jennifer"--equal parts Bridget Jones's Diary and Fight Club.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Kennebec Large Print, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781432852290
1432852299
Characteristics: 529 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery when she gets drawn into a shadowy feminist guerilla group called "Jennifer"--equal parts Bridget Jones's Diary and Fight Club.


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JCLBeckyC Aug 03, 2018

My new favorite binge is AMC's TV series, "Dietland," starring Joy Nash and based on this novel.
This excellent book club pick is about a 300 pound woman who dreams of the day her life will begin--after weight loss surgery--until she gets drawn into a woke feminist guerilla group that battles the objectification of women. Not for the faint of heart. Perfect for those interested in the #MeToo movement.

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eappelbaum
Jul 26, 2018

Unless you are a dedicated misogynist, you will like this powerful book. We are so used to descriptions of men hurting women, it is shocking to read about women hurting men. Notice one reviewer praises it for not being "shrill," code word for women speaking above a humiliated whisper. Also, check out the new TV series on AMC, inspired by the book.

LPL_TriciaK Jun 29, 2018

A great read for women in the time of #MeToo - this is spot-on timely and relevant. Super-appealing to women who are sick of the crazy beauty, diet, and fitness industry that continually shouts "be skinny!" "be young!", but above all "be sexy!". The protagonist, Plum Kettle, works at a woman's magazine, and is so tired of being criticized and humiliated by others because of her body size that she saves up money for a stomach-stapling operation. Her tale is woven into that of a radical feminist brigade who inflict a particular brand of vigilante justice on sexual predators. Watch the TV adaptation of the novel on AMC - Julianna Margulies plays Plum's exploitative editor to perfection.

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lizcobbe
Jan 01, 2018

This is an engaging, interesting, and problematic novel about body shaming and how women can choose to live in a world that constantly seeks to objectify and sexualize them - and when it can't, it dismisses them or becomes violent. It's especially interesting to read a novel with these themes, written not long before the #metoo movement. How quickly events change our perspective!

Plum is a great narrator whose resolution feels rushed. The absence of any significant male characters is both refreshing and problematic; decent men do in fact exist in the world, even if they inadvertently profit from systematic sexism. And when violent men who have abused women are violently punished, the violence itself seems incompletely considered. And, is it insightful to condemn all women as superficial and insensitive who choose to enjoy their own physical beauty, even if that beauty is mainstream?

But, the story is worthwhile: a women who travels through many relationships with her body and her obesity, against a backdrop of a headline-grabbing series of violent (terrorist?) actions taken by a small group of women who have been dealt enough injustice.

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JashCatrel
Jul 17, 2017

This book is not about dieting or the faint of heart.
The real focus of this book is objectification of the female body.

Manateestarz Jan 26, 2017

A likeable book that really should be two different stories. Plum Kettle is an over weight girl who wished to be thin and writes an advice column for a magazine column called "Dear Kitty".
Then she joins a feminist terrorist cell. Quite disjointed but still interesting.

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claireswazey
Sep 20, 2015

Fun fresh and exciting feminist fantasy novel. It's about dieting and body issues and what we humans do to each other. The women in this book seek to take theirselves back and fight the marginalization of those whose appearances don't suit others.

norareyeurs Aug 28, 2015

I wish this book had another title. I might not have reserved it were it not for reading the synopsis. Kirkus Reviews says, 'Hilarious, surreal and bracingly original. A genuinely subversive, novel that's also serious fun.' To my dismay Walker showed me how far we've yet to go, as women as people. No matter what the issue "One day I'll do this, one day I'll do that. " ...live my perfect life. I'm taking it to heart "Let's start bringing the future and the present a little closer together, just a little bit." A heavy hitter whose book has a lightweight title. It's the stuff of literature.

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Urbano
Aug 25, 2015

Fresh, funny feminist tale. Couldn't put it down.

oldiesgirl Aug 18, 2015

This is one of the best books I've read about how women are supposed to look a certain way. It is funny and wise and I recommend it for all women and those that love them.

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