Posts Tagged: stranger here

This Week I Love …

… these three amazing, body-positive books. And the fact that I’m lucky enough to be friends with their authors.


Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall by Kjerstin Gruys

I’ve loved Kjerstin and her blog for ages, but will admit that I had my reservations about this book. Could it really be that interesting to read about her mirror-free year? A year is a long time, and even with the big twist – the fact that she was planning her wedding during the year in question – I worried that the text would become dry or repetitive. But friends? This book is as juicy, fun, engaging, and insightful as it could possibly be. Kjerstin’s voice is conspiratorial and accessible, even as she’s dishing out statistics and summarizing studies. Yeah, I know. Quite a feat. And, of course, her own thoughts and reflections about her experiences are utterly fascinating. It’s a great read. Easy, interesting, and fast while being informative and eye-opening. The package. Ever so good and worth reading. read more

Weight Loss as Cure-all

A few weeks ago, my dear friend and mentor Jen Larsen‘s memoir came out. It’s called Stranger Here, and in it she recounts how she underwent weight loss surgery and lost 180 pounds. Here’s the book description from Amazon:

Jen Larsen always thought that if she could only lose some weight, she would be unstoppable. She was convinced that once she found a way to not be fat any more, she would have the perfect existence she’d always dreamed of. When diet after diet failed, she decided to try bariatric surgery, and it worked better than she ever could have dreamed: she lost 180 pounds. As the weight fell away, though, Larsen realized that getting skinny was not the magical cure she thought it would be—and suddenly, she wasn’t sure who she was anymore. read more