… 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.
Stranger Here by Jen Larsen
I know, I know, I’ve gushed about Jen’s amazing memoir before. But I need to gush just a little bit more. I connected with Jen years ago when she was writing for a now-defunct website called Elastic Waist, and have admired her funny, intelligent writing and brave soul ever since. I read Stranger Here in two days, devouring her scathingly honest, no-holds-barred account of her experiences contemplating, getting, and living with weight loss surgery. And yes, the takeaway is that losing weight will not fix everything about your life. But the book is neither preachy nor didactic. Jen tells her story chronologically, relating her experiences and subsequent conclusions with the light touch of a master storyteller. She is funny and moving in equal parts, and her story is undeniably compelling.
Beautiful You by Rosie Molinary
Rosie’s book is a couple of years old now, but still as relevant and helpful today as the day it was released. Subtitled A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance, Beautiful You offers readers a year-long action plan for breaking the cycles of self-criticism and self-loathing. Old habits die hard, and creating new ones can be challenging. But with Rosie’s gentle, thoughtful guidance you’ll learn to champion your own emotional and physical well-being. If you’re looking for something more pragmatic than story-based, this book is just the thing.
Has anyone read any of these three amazing books? Other body-positive reading to add to our summer lists?
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