Scoot Over, Skinny by Donna Jarrell
The Fat Nonfiction Anthology

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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.


About Donna Jarrell

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Donna is a self-described fat-American whose fiction won Case Western's Prestigious Kennedy Prize for the Outstanding Creative Project and appeared in the anthology The Answer My Friend: stories by the people who sell them (Longfellow Press). She lives with her family in Columbus Ohio. Ira is a first generation Thai-American, born and raised in Chicago. He's had stories appear in Witness, Indiana Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and numerous other literary journals. Currently, he is teaching creative nonfiction at State University of New York-Oswego.
Published January 1, 2005 by San Val.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction