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Scoot Over, Skinny

The Fat Nonfiction Anthology

Donna Jarrell, Ira Sukrungruang


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As Americans are the fattest people on earth, the fat, the formerly fat, those who feel fat, and those who fear fat encompass just about all of us. In this surprising collection of pieces, almost half of which are original to this anthology, some of our most lively, provocative writers explore the many folds of fat that make up reality.

From David Sedaris's hilarious assessment of his father's fat prejudices in "A Shiner Like A Diamond" to Anne Lamott's self-prescribed cathartic weight loss remedies in "Hunger", Pam Houston's rich literary panorama in "Out of Habit I Start Apologizing," and psychiatrist Irving Yalom's deeply moving confrontation of his own biases in "Fat Lady," each piece in its unique way deals with fat as a matter of fact.

Sometimes funny, sometimes angry, often illuminating and always engaging, these writers make a new and compelling case for why we should make room for a bigger behind.

Praise For Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology


"[A] singular and delightful anthology . . . Compelling in its honesty and surprising in its range."--Publishers Weekly

Mariner Books, 9780156030229, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2005

About the Author

Donna Jarrell is a self-described fat American who lives in Columbus, Ohio. Ira Sukrungruang teaches creative nonfiction at the State University of New York-Oswego.