Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls' magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Click here to download Orland Park Public Library ebook. Page 1. H-Food-Studies. Citation: H-Net Book Channel. New Book - Dietland. H- Food-Studies. https://networks.h-. Dietland by Sarai Walker. A fresh and provocative debut novel about a reclusive young woman saving up for weight loss surgery when she gets drawn into a.

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Independent Booksellers Editor's note: A Dietland quote in this review contains language some may find offensive. Weasley and various other pillowy matrons and the Bad Fats Ursula, Augustus Gloop, assorted despicable characters whose fatness is shorthand for moral decay. Oh, and the Funny Fats. Don't forget the Funny Fats Falstaff and his schlubby ilk. But complicated, dangerous, compelling Fats?

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Write a review Rate this item: Preview this item Preview this item. Dietland Author: Sarai Walker Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, English View all editions and formats Summary: Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged.

Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls' magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.

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Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming "beautiful. The consequences are explosive. Read more Click here for access and availability roundrock. Show all links. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.

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Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. A place for women who want to live their lives on their own terms and no longer feel ashamed for not meeting societies expectations for how a female should look or act. While Plum finally begins to learn to love herself, a guerrilla group begins to terrorize those who would mistreat women, both physically and culturally. This forces Plum to finally decide if she wants to conform to societies expectations or truly accept herself as she is.

While it is not a perfect book not all of the characters are well developed and the B plot requires some serious suspension of disbelief to the point I might label it speculative fiction , it has a number of great things going for it.

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It's compelling and well written. It's a perfect satire of the dieting industry -- because it is a money-grubbing, capitalist, take-no-prisoners industry.

It takes issues of body image and fat-shaming straight on, and it has original, interesting things to say about the way that fat-shaming is one of many things existing only to keep women down.

Although it is clearly a novel with A Message, I didn't find it overwhelming but that may partially be because I am so sympathetic to that message -- a person in favor of the status quo might find it heavy-handed. One of the interesting elements of the book was, in my opinion, that for a feminist book, the feminist collective is not full of amazing, perfect women.

Some of them are weird and paranoid and at least one is expressly a bad person. This ends up connecting to the B plot which, as I noted, isn't as strong as the A plot and in some ways detracts from the book no spoilers , but it's still an unusual and refreshing style. With fully one third of Americans qualifying as obese, many of those paying into this vast industry are women.

They are searching for a thinner, healthier life. But they are also searching for acceptance, visibility, and a release from the shame and humiliation of being fat in our thin obsessed culture.

Just as the real women paying into the diet industry, Plum Kettle, in Sarai Walker's subversive, thoughtful novel, Dietland, is also searching for the thin woman inside her, the real life she's supposed to live, and ultimately an appreciation for herself.

As the assistant to the editor of a teen magazine, Plum writes off the record advice letters to young girls and teens who are suffering from a variety of problems and who are all clearly hurting emotionally. Plum got this job because she was supposed to have good insight into the angst suffered by these girls. After all, Plum is, to her eternal shame, fat. In fact, she's more than pounds and works from home so that her boss Kitty doesn't have to see her everyday, this gross anomaly in the rake thin world of fashion.

But Kitty isn't the only one who looks away from Plum, Plum herself wants to look away. She knows that people in public stare at her and make rude, hurtful comments, that she does not fit the societal construct of beauty or even just of normal and she's internalized these values too.

After a lifetime in the clutches off the weight loss industry, having tried every diet out there, Plum is determined to have bariatric surgery.

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