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Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman

Lindy West talks about her experiences with sexism, fat shaming, and harassment.

Every essay in Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman is a vital read, as each page is cleverly written and expertly narrates her relatable life and struggles with misogynists and internet trolls.

There may be certain expectations you have as you start to read a book like this. These include expositions you expect to be uncomfortable to read and internalize. However, this is not the case with Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman.

West attacks the sensitive subject matter with humour which is enamouring and draws you in easily.

We enjoyed West's writing style and her pure burst of brilliant humour that relates and aligns with what most SSBBW women feel most days.

In this book, West captured the nuances of deep issues SSBBWS face because she has lived them herself and overcome them; yet her tone is anything but spiteful or society-deprecating.

Talking about body image issues and dealing with them positively like West does in this book will leave you in a good place after reading, and that is one of the best things about this book.

It is not good for anyone to feel lost and alone, especially regarding issues that are common to a group of people; and turning the pages of Lindy West's Shrill, you will feel like you have made a friend, or at least, met someone who understands you, your life and your perspectives.

This makes this an amazing read in our library. We resonated her essays about feminism and rape culture because even while raw, there was still some lightness in the writing and stories.

West is open about her life and struggles, so if you are an SSBBW woman on the internet, this is a good book for you. You can get a copy here.

Submitted by: Kelechi

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