As an avid reader of the feminist website Jezebel, I was excited to read Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, by former Jezebel staff writer Lindy West. In this collection of personal essays and stories, West chronicles her journey from a shy, chubby girl to a confident feminist writer, comic, and fat-acceptance activist. The most interesting essays chronicle West’s battles with Internet trolls and her public fight (about fat-shaming writing) with her former boss, Stranger editor Dan Savage. Even though I had already heard both stories on This American Life, I still found West’s writing to be fresh and interesting.
Shrill is a quick, but important, read. I recommend it for feminists, activists, and anyone trying to learn to accept and love themselves.
Availability: USMAI, COSMOS
Review Submitted by: Kaitlyn Grigsby-Hall
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