Shrill

Lindy West

Shrill

Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet and compliant as possible - like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you - writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.

From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.

With inimitable good humor, vulnerability and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps. (From Hachette)

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Excerpt:

Why is, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" the go-to small talk we make with children? "Hello, child. As I run out of compliments to pay you on your doodling, can you tell me what sort of niche you plan to carve out for yourself in the howling existential morass of uncertainty known as the future? Also, has anyone given you a heads-up that everyone you love will die someday?" That's like waking a dog up with an air horn and telling it that it's president now. "I don't know, Uncle Jeff. I'm still kind of working on figuring out how to handle these weird popsicles with the two sticks."


From "Lady Kluck" by Lindy West, Shrill ©2016. Published by Hachette.