Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Shrill: Notes from a loud woman / Lindy West, 260 pgs.

What do you do when your are different than the desirable?  In a world that values thin people, what if you are fat?  What if you hold beliefs that conflict with the "norm?" What if you have the guts to post your ideas on the internet and you are a woman?  Just ask Lindy West and hear about the horrible responses she gets from trolls who think it is ok to threaten women, call them fat, tell them they deserve to be raped.  Sounds great, doesn't it?  West says this abuse is just part of the job and has learned to live with it.  She is often told that "it's just the internet, it doesn't mean anything." For someone that doesn't have to put up with that abuse, I can only wonder how she does it.  But she does it and even still has a sense of humor.  I listened to the audio version of this book which is read by the author and highly recommend it as well. If honesty offends you, this book might not be for you.

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