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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman | Lindy West
Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women," Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice and body image. Her empowering work has garnered a coast-to-coast audience that eagerly awaits SHRILL, her highly-anticipated literary debut. West has rocked readers in work published everywhere from "The Guardian" to "GQ "to "This American Life." She is a catalyst for a national conversation in a world where not all stories are created equal and not every body is treated with equal respect. SHRILL is comprised of a series of essays that bravely shares her life, including her transition from quiet to feminist-out-loud, coming of age in a popular culture that is hostile to women (especially fat, funny women) and how keeping quiet is not an option for any of us.
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monalyisha
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Has anyone watched the hour-long cut of Lindy West‘s interview with her husband & their partner, announcing their polyamorous relationship? It‘s behind a $2 Patreon paywall…but I‘m considering paying for it.

One of the most interesting observations to come of the whole thing, I think, is that Lindy‘s noticed people are more loyal to the idea of monogamy than they are insistent upon the unacceptability of fatness. Exposing society‘s tender spots.

monalyisha Here‘s the (free) 28-minute video: https://youtu.be/xWJWx4HnaxY 5mo
monalyisha And the paywalled, extended cut can be found here: https://www.patreon.com/stylelikeu 5mo
MoonWitch94 Wow, how interesting!!! 5mo
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readordierachel Haven't watched the longer cut yet, but I'll probably pay for it to support her. I was *just* reading about the fallout of the interview in her newsletter. 5mo
sprainedbrain I just love Lindy. Thanks for sharing this! 5mo
Soubhiville Thanks for sharing that! I watched the shorter one. I hadn‘t heard about it before. 5mo
monalyisha I just went for it. Very little self-control. 😅 Will report back. 5mo
monalyisha Update: The longer cut isn‘t a must-watch. Most of the added length just comes from editing choices. Everything that needs to be said is present in the shorter version. I‘m not mad that I effectively watched the interview twice, though! 💗 5mo
RaeLovesToRead I recently bought her book because her essay on Love Actually is the funniest thing I've read. Plan to read it soon! 💕 5mo
monalyisha @RaeLovesToRead She has a newsletter you can sign-up for, too, where she continues to review questionable movies. It‘s called BUTT NEWS. 🍑 I can‘t even with her. 😂 She‘s a wonderful human. 5mo
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Professional_Book_Dragon
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Pickpick

Thank you Lindy for your bluntness, for your humor, and the important work you do for feminism and to combat the fatphobic culture that we live in.

sprainedbrain 🙌🏼❤️ 6mo
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brittanybooks
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Shrill the book is amazing and Shrill the TV show is also amazing. Read then watch immediately!!! #feminist #book41of2021 #memorialbookchallenge #75bookchallenge

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monalyisha
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🚨PSA:

While I don‘t have *zero* skills, I‘ve never had the patience to actually learn how to do makeup properly. Lindy West recently sought help from her sister-in-law, Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want To Talk About Race? I watched the tutorial. Because, of course.

It was the only way I was ever going to watch a full beauty tutorial. And it‘s only now that I feel brave & competent enough to rock winged eyeliner for the first time in my life.

monalyisha I should note that I‘m 35; it‘s not like I‘m new. 😅 Tutorial here: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CNx242AlUag/?utm_medium=copy_link (edited) 13mo
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TheKidUpstairs Good choice! 14mo
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Librariana
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"When I think back on my teenage self, what I really needed to hear wasn't that someone might love me one day if I lost enough weight to qualify as human - it was that I was worthy of love now, just as I was." - Lindy West

Finished this book yesterday and felt seen by this quote, especially growing up hearing the very same thing said to me by one family member in particular. It felt validating.

? Lindy & Aham looking ? on their wedding day.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I agree! I want to say there is a lost generation of us...but generations is probably more accurate. I think the turning point to not caring so much was when I took care of my 92 year old grandmother, who at 92 was still worried about being fat, commenting on others fatness, and didn‘t want you to tell anyone her age. It was then that I thought, what a waste of time all that worry is, we all grow older and we all eat...don‘t waste your life ⤵️ 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Stressing about it. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And I should add she was a tiny little lady who was obsessed about it, and I refuse to be an old lady worried about 5 pounds or 105 pounds, not now and not if I‘m lucky enough to live to 92. 🙄 1y
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Hooked_on_books I love Lindy West. I feel like she‘s exactly what I need. She‘s fierce and fabulous and tells it like it is. And @Riveted_Reader_Melissa my goodness, that is such a waste! So many negative emotions are wastes of our time and so much effort we don‘t need to expend! How sad that this has been the way for too many women. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Hooked_on_books Right! I was so excited for her long life and accomplishments. I remember saying to someone once, she‘s almost 93, and she was aghast...don‘t tell them that, I‘m only 92. I was more proud of her age, she was ashamed of it. If I make it to 92 I‘m telling everyone and bragging! 😂 1y
Hooked_on_books @Riveted_Reader_Melissa As you should! You could even lie and say you were over 100. 😬😉😆 1y
Librariana @Riveted_Reader_Melissa - Agreed! It is such a waste of energy to worry so much about the opinions of others, especially if these are strangers. A friend of mine once said that people don't think about us as much as we *think* they do. Trying to gain people's approval is completely different from gaining their acceptance. 1y
Librariana @Riveted_Reader_Melissa - Making it past 90 is indeed quite an accomplishment and it ought to be celebrated! 1y
Librariana @Hooked_on_books - Holly, this was the first book by her I've ever read and I'm eager to get to 1y
Hooked_on_books I enjoyed Witches, because I love Lindy, but Shrill has a special place in my heart. I actually got her to sign my copy at the Portland Book Festival a few years ago and fan-girled all over her. She‘s just amazing. 1y
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booklover3258
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Pickpick

My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/rb6l62SDqog

Enjoy!

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Amandajoy
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My #doublespin helped me hit my goal! This was a great one to make it on, I enjoyed it way more than I expected to. It was funny and deep all at the same time. This year I feel I fully embraced audiobooks & included them in my tracking. This one was great on audio!

Reggie Congrats! 🥳 2y
Simona 👏 🙌Congratulations 👍 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Awesome progress!!! 2y
Julsmarshall Congratulations! I loved this on on audio too! 2y
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This is my 3rd time reading this book, and it really helps me when I‘m down about being fat. One of her best pieces of advice is to look at pictures of fat people doing normal things. Thanks to her, I follow many influencers on Instagram that are fun, fat, & give great beauty advice!

This book also does a great job of calling out rape culture in comedy & internet trolling and normalizing abortion. She hits the right voice between serious & light!

underground_bks I love Shrill the book and the Hulu series 😍 I read the tagged book this year and found it super helpful too. 2y
Oryx Great book. I just read it last week. I loved the TV series too. 2y
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Megabooks @underground_bks I‘ve added it to my TBR. Thanks! 😊 2y
Megabooks @Oryx I haven‘t watched the show yet, but I‘ve heard it‘s great! I‘m glad you enjoyed the book too. 👍🏻 2y
Reviewsbylola Such an inspiring book! 2y
readordierachel One of my favorites for all the reasons you describe ❤ 2y
Chrissyreadit Who do you follow? I would not mind being fat if I could do normal things but I love looking at people live their best beautiful lives and think of Lizzo whenever I‘ve been body shamed. 2y
Megabooks @Chrissyreadit my three most favorite are (these are their handles) glitterandlazers, roseybeeme, and thepennydarling. Each one brings a different style and fun. I hope you find seeing these great ladies helpful as much as I do! 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Kdgordon88 Lovely colors! 2y
Butterfinger Gorgeous! 2y
PurpleTulipGirl I have some of those needles. Love working with them. 2y
MaleficentBookDragon @PurpleTulipGirl I just got them. I like them so far. I‘ve only ever used wooden ones. 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I need some fun right now, so I‘m listening to this book before I watch the show.

readordierachel Both are great 👍🏽 2y
Oryx I'm obsessed with the show 2y
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Oryx
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I haven't read the book yet (need to rectify that) but I'm loving the TV series of Shrill. Anyone else watched it? I just love the character of Annie. Currently watching this obsessively on BBC iplayer.

AmyG I love Aidy Bryant...and this show. I need to watch Season 2 2y
EKonrad I love the show! And the book was pretty great too! 2y
readordierachel Love this show 💕 2y
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Leftcoastzen Nice post! 2y
DAB Love the diversity. 😃 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚📺 2y
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Bookbroad
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Great collection of essays covering fatphobia, trolling, censorship, feminism (obvs), rape culture and grief. I would recommend reading it before watching the tv series (also excellent) as I think it would provide a bit more depth and context to the show. Very inspiring read for anyone who needs confidence to call out BS when they see it!

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I'm a little late reading this, but I'm so glad that I finally did. Lindy West is honest, hilarious, and she speaks from her heart about issues women face daily. Her courage to speak her mind is infectious and I can't wait to read more by her.

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sarahlandis
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3/5 stars

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JenReadsAlot
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Very good! #audio

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Chelsea.Poole
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There's not much I can say that hasn't been said about this collection of #essays. Just that I'm late to the game and so glad I've finally read it. I have watched a few episodes of the series on Hulu but can't wait to watch the rest. Also, adored her second collection "The Witches are Coming" possibly even more because I read it as soon as it came out which means everything was very current. If you haven't already, read both! #audiobook

JenReadsAlot I need to listen to this! 2y
Hooked_on_books Love Lindy West! 2y
Chelsea.Poole @Hooked_on_books yess! Same ☺️ 2y
JenReadsAlot Just got it from Libby! 😊 2y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Finally reading Shrill!! 🙌🏻
Read The Witches are Coming first because, who knows!?! But always meant to get around to this one and my time has finally come. Already loving it. ♥️🎧
#audiobook #libby

Augustdana Same!! Read witches first, still haven‘t gotten to this one yet!! The series is also very good !! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm On my shelves. Is it funny/witty? 2y
Chelsea.Poole @erzascarletbookgasm yes!! But serious also. I loved it. 2y
Chelsea.Poole @Augustdana I watched the first several episodes of the series on Hulu and I loved them! Now to watch all of them 🤩 2y
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Archie stole my reading spot! A friend recommended this tv show, thought I‘d try the book first and I have been laughing out loud, Lindy has two new fans 🐶 👩🏻‍🦰

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Carolyn11215
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#bookspinbonanza 1st of 8. Love her strong voice, refusal to back down when attacked by trolls, body positive message. @TheAromaofBooks #mounttbr2020

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Pickpick

HILARIOUS & IMPORTANT. Loved every single second of this book. A must read!

magyklyXdelish I hadn‘t heard of this one but I definitely added it to my TBR. Also your doggo is precious 🥰 2y
Jari-chan Aww, your doggo is so lovely 😍 2y
Books4Ever Your dog is so cute omg 🐶❤️ 2y
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Trying to finish this one up while looking at these gorgeous daisies my mom and bro got me.

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rather_be_reading

...when you only expect thebest, heartbreak is a constant.

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rather_be_reading

The idea that a relarionship is a failure simply because it ends is a pessimist's construct anyway.

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Lunch time.

anored How do you like the book so far? It‘s on my want to read list. 2y
rather_be_reading @anored i love it!! its hilarious and very feminist 2y
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Another late dinner. It feels like Summer here.

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rather_be_reading

NTS: truculent

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rather_be_reading

...proof that our culture is ours to shape, if we try.

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rather_be_reading

You only have to look back five years to see a different world...

(So true!)

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rather_be_reading

...lie on the couch all day under the Dorito funnel...

Where can I get this?! 🤣

Velvetfur Haha, that's what I thought! "I want one of those!" ? 2y
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rather_be_reading

...Apple Appreciation Circle-Jerk Jamboree...

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rather_be_reading

...being alone with another person is much worse than being alone all by yourself.

allureofbeauty Seems extra fitting currently for some people. 2y
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Porch reading before the heat kicks me inside.

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rather_be_reading

The active ingredient in period stigma is misogny.

JenniferEgnor Sometimes I do period parties with friends. We have an org called ‘lowcountry period project‘—we pack and distribute to those peoplx in need. It‘s just blood...what‘s there to be ashamed of? What‘s there to mock? It‘s called a vagina, not a ‘whatever‘...and yes, it does all kinds of things, including bleed. #vaginapower! 2y
rather_be_reading @JenniferEgnor YES! 👏👏👏 2y
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rather_be_reading

...shame canyon [aka vagina].

🤣

JenniferEgnor You should read the vagina monologues! 2y
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rather_be_reading

Puberty was a fancy word for your genitals stabbing you in the back.

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And the boys are out. As usual the last one standing. Reading time!

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rather_be_reading

...and substitute Harry Lotter audiobooks for therapy.

🤣🤣

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Hilarious chapter names!

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Is there anything to do besides read when its too hot to sleep?!

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Book 63 of 2020
#botm #botmbacklist

bookandcat Oh I looove this book 2y
rather_be_reading @bookandcat i started the show on hulu and its hilarious so i decided to wait to watch the rest until i read the book 2y
bookandcat @rather_be_reading enjoy! I've heard good things about the show too 2y
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readordierachel
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#7days7books that left a deep impression

@jmtrivera Feel like sharing your 7 if you haven't yet?

jmtrivera Ooh, I have not! I'll play! 2y
amywithbooks I really enjoyed this one too! She's a great writer. 2y
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vicgreentoriafield
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When I first picked this book up 2-3 years ago, I read the first chapter and thought "nah." It just wasn't the right time, but now, omg. Lindy is able to articulate every argument I have in my head where the words don't reach my mouth. She seems like the type of person you could form an instant connection with. I loved this book, she's gained a lifelong fan. I'm silently in her corner, inwardly cheering from afar
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I'm so happy I waited.

BarbaraBB Great and intriguing review! 2y
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paisleyjess

Anyone have any success getting a library ebook onto a nook reader? Spent hours yesterday trying. :(

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I started reading this book because Lindy West looks like me, a fat woman. In the last couple of years, I've made an effort to use the word fat to describe myself in a neutral way, like describing myself as a brunette. It's just another word to describe me and "fat" doesn't have to have the negative stigma with it. I loved this memoir from Lindy, and it makes me wish I had Hulu to watch the series.

j.rye The show is hilarious! Sign up for a free trial for a month to watch it 😂 2y
WorldsOkayestStepMom @j.rye I live in a rural community and I don't get the internet speeds to support streaming services. 2y
j.rye I get that 😑 We lived in an area with no internet other than our cell phones for years. We looked into getting Comcast run to our home and it was like $12,500. I almost died. 2y
Lauren_reading I just finished her new book and it was really good too! 2y
WorldsOkayestStepMom @LaurenReads so glad to hear! I need to add it to my TBR! 2y
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Wow!! This was everything. Hilarious and entertaining plus such an important book. It sheds light on what it‘s like to be part of a marginalized group... facing mircroaggresions and being told it‘s just ‘you‘ who is oversensitive. The struggle for women‘s reproductive rights. People claiming they should be able to use words as weapons of oppression against said groups or its ‘censorship‘. It was powerful and meaningful and encouraging ⬇️

HOTPock3tt She also wrote about love and relationships in heartbreakingly accurate ways. She got her message across but kept her writing very entertaining and humorous. I look forward to reading more from this brilliant author. ☺️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5 (edited) 2y
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One of my favorite quotes from Lindy West. I am outdoorsy and fat and I think of this almost every time I complete a long hike or make it to a mountaintop. #weight #QuotsyJan20
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5🌟West holds nothing back! She is raw and open about her body, from childhood into adulthood. She discusses her never ending battle with vicious and toxic internet Trolls. She talks about her love for stand up comedy. She opend up about the loss of her father, of traveling as a fat person, sexists bosses, internet writing, and addresses certain subjects like rape culture, fatphobia, abortions and misogyny with honesty and intelligence.

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Loved her writing. I found this book funny, engaging and infuriating. I am excited to her read her new work!