Lindy West’s debut memoir, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, is getting a lot of attention for addressing topics like fat-phobia and tweeting about your abortion. In addition to being a deeply feminist memoir, it is also deeply and brilliantly funny as well.
For book groups seeking titles that explore contemporary feminism, misogyny, women’s rights, body image, or online bullying, Shrill is sure to spark a spirited discussion. Author Lindy West gives women of all sizes the permission to take up space, have their say, and be uproariously funny, too.
West is a Seattle writer, artist and comedian who got her start writing for Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger and hosting storytelling events for The Moth. But her journalism in places like The Guardian and Jezebel garnered her more fame—and more blowback. She reveals in gruesome detail the horrors of being a feminist with an online presence. In writing about gender equality, reproductive rights, and body positivity, West—like most people who tackle these subjects—has been hunted down by the worst of humanity. Her safety is regularly threatened, as is her life.
Those interested can read this excerpt from her memoir about growing up big, how few role models existed in the 1980s and ’90s for bigger women, and how there is no perfect body.