Synopses & Reviews
Meet the women...
Join them as they chronicle their travails with weight and struggle to lose pounds and find themselves...
The Twinkie Defense: how they gained weight in the first place
The Inner Fat Girl: the little voice that longs for an identity beyond her body
The Tenth Circle of Hell: facing the worst enemy-the scale
I've Always Liked Big Girls: experiences with sex, dating, and feeling sexy beyond a size six
In Tales from the Scale, author Erin J. Shea creator of the immensely popular "Lose the Buddha" weight-loss blog (at www.ejshea.com) puts together the best rants of some of the most prominent diet bloggers online today, creating a raw, real look at losing weight. Perfect for anyone who has every fought to lose pounds, Tales from the Scale delivers encouragement, hope, and more than a few laughs along the way.
"Shea, who gained national attention with her weight-loss blog 'Lose the Buddha' in 2003, presents a zesty, honest collection of stories following the triumphs and trials of several overweight women who 'got to The Point and found their own map out of Big Girl Town.' The book's format is similar to a blog, with short, informal entries, but rather than just sharing a lone blogger's struggle to shed pounds, it brings together tales by Shea and six of her girlfriends who also have diet blogs. Some of the pieces are tinged with bitterness, especially in their descriptions of other people's reactions to the writers' diet attempts and subsequent lack of support. Mainly, though, the women find humor and encouragement through shared experience. Shauna Marsh wonders why department stores always put plus-size clothes in inconvenient locations, like the basement or the top floor: 'Perhaps the more remote the location, the less they have to acknowledge that the plus-size section even exists. Or maybe they think, The walk will do you good, fatty!' The writers take on other issues, too, like sex, fat camp, identity and life after weight loss. The savvy, amusing voices will provide a refreshing treat for any diet-weary woman." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Alternately witty, angry, heart-wrenching, and ultimately upbeat..." Library Journal
In Tales From The Scale, author Erin J. Shea creator of the immensely popular "Lose the Buddha" weight-loss blog puts together the best rants of some of the most prominent diet bloggers online today, creating a raw, real, and radically different look at losing weight.
About the Author
Erin J. Shea's weight-loss blog "Lose the Buddha" has been featured in the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Erin's work has been published in BUST Magazine and the Chicago Sun Times' Red Streak. She has appeared on Good Morning America.