Dietland

Dietland

eBook - 2015
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
ISBN: 9780544373440
0544373448
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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.

FindingJane Aug 15, 2015

Scathing, raw and harsh in its depiction of society’s cannibalism of those it considers unacceptable, “Dietland” is a book that digs deep into the psyche. The book forces you to take a look at the subtle horrors of American society, of the victimization of women in general and obese women in particular. You will ask yourself hard questions while and after you read.

The heroine is one Alicia Kettle, a plump woman nearly crippled by her own lack of self worth. She sings a litany familiar to many such women: If only I were thin, everything would be perfect. People would like me. People wouldn’t laugh at me. I’d be popular, pretty, adored, accepted. I’d be happy.

The book strips away her self loathing and low esteem, layer by painful layer. By inserting fictional news stories about other beleaguered women and the vigilantism that arises because of it, Ms. Walker brings the concerns of Alicia into wider scope. Slowly but surely, Alicia’s fate is intertwined with that of these other shadow women, most of whom she will never meet.

The revelation of how futile and empty is the pursuit of happiness in the forms of pills, diets and cosmetic surgery comes slowly to Alicia. But the admission is all the more welcome for her struggle. Alicia isn’t perfect by any means. Her focus on diet frequently makes her utterly self absorbed, childishly convinced that no one else can know or understand her problems. She is peevish, willful and secretive and then becomes a kleptomaniac, prone to shocking outbursts of violence. The fact that she is the center of this novel means that the reader’s focus is trained almost uncomfortably on her progress rather than that of the myriad interesting and colorful people that occupy her orbit.

Alicia is someone to cheer. She’s someone to despise. She makes you gleeful as she confronts the gawkers and impatient as she lets others manipulate her out of a (false) sense of connection. But she erupts from the page, defiantly large and in charge, and makes this debut novel both a daring treatise and a fierce shout of triumph.

QueenBoadicea Aug 15, 2015

Scathing, raw and harsh in its depiction of society’s cannibalism of those it considers unacceptable, “Dietland” is a book that digs deep into the psyche. The book forces you to take a look at the subtle horrors of American society, of the victimization of women in general and obese women in particular. You will ask yourself hard questions while and after you read. The heroine is one Alicia Kettle, a plump woman nearly crippled by her own lack of self worth. She sings a litany familiar to many such women: If only I were thin, everything would be perfect. People would like me. People wouldn’t laugh at me. I’d be popular, pretty, adored, accepted. I’d be happy. The book strips away her self loathing and low esteem, layer by painful layer. By inserting fictional news stories about other beleaguered women and the vigilantism that arises because of it, Ms. Walker brings the concerns of Alicia into wider scope. Slowly but surely, Alicia’s fate is intertwined with that of these other shadow women, most of whom she will never meet. The revelation of how futile and empty is the pursuit of happiness in the forms of pills, diets and cosmetic surgery comes slowly to Alicia. But the admission is all the more welcome for her struggle. Alicia isn’t perfect by any means. Her focus on diet frequently makes her utterly self absorbed, childishly convinced that no one else can know or understand her problems. She is peevish, willful and secretive and then becomes a kleptomaniac, prone to shocking outbursts of violence. The fact that she is the center of this novel means that the reader’s focus is trained almost uncomfortably on her progress rather than that of the myriad interesting and colorful people that occupy her orbit. Alicia is someone to cheer. She’s someone to despise. She makes you gleeful as she confronts the gawkers and impatient as she lets others manipulate her out of a (false) sense of connection. But she erupts from the page, defiantly large and in charge, and makes this debut novel both a daring treatise and a fierce shout of triumph.

Cynthia_N Jul 29, 2015

Good book! Funny and deep at the same time. The main character Plum (Alicia is her inner skinny lady) is unhappy in her life and she ties it all to her weight. Through some crazy adventures she comes to realize she should be enjoying her life no matter what her weight.
Dabsitaf is the diet medicine name. Really?!?

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readsalot80
Jul 07, 2015

Plum is waiting for her weight loss surgery so her life can begin. She thinks of her thin self at Alicia, her given name. Plum meets the daughter of a weight loss guru who has a house of feminists living with her and helping with her causes. At the same time, a feminist group called "Jennifer" is killing men. In the end Plum learns to like herself as she is. I liked the book especially the house full of interesting women.

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