Thin Is the New Happy by Valerie Frankel

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From Valerie Frankel, author of the hilarious memoir IT'S HARD NOT TO HATE YOU, comes a hilarious, unflinching, self-deprecating, and joy-filled memoir that will appeal to every women, everywhere.

You've heard the phrase "the mirror is not your friend." For Valerie Frankel, the mirror was so much more than "not a friend." It was the mean girl who stole her lunch money, bitch-slapped her in the ladies' room, and cut the hair off her Barbie.

Like most women, Valerie spent most of her conscious life on a diet, thinking about a diet, ignoring a diet, or failing on a diet. At age eleven, her mother put Val on her first weight-loss program. As a teen, she was enrolled in Weight Watchers (for which she invented creative ditching methods). As a young woman, her world felt right only when she was able to zip a certain pair of jeans. Not wanting to pass this legacy on to her own daughters, Valerie set out to cleanse herself of her obsession. Thin Is the New Happy is the true story of one woman's quest to exorcise her bad body-image demons, to uncover the truths behind what put them there, and to learn how to truly love herself.

This ebook edition includes two bonus essays from the new memoir It's Hard Not to Hate You.


About Valerie Frankel

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Valerie Frankel received critical acclaim for her bestselling memoirs, Thin Is the New Happy and It's Hard Not to Hate You. She is the author of fifteen novels, including The Accidental Virgin, and is a journalist much in demand. Her writing has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Self, Good Housekeeping and The New York Times, among others. She lives in Brooklyn Heights with her two daughters, four cats, and husband, opera singer Stephen Quint.
Published September 2, 2008 by St. Martin's Press. 243 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Without reading the liner notes, one would never realize that narrator Marie Caliendo is not, in fact, the author of this memoir, so intimate, truthful and emotionally honest is her performance.

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Perusing the books on the staff favorites shelf at my local library, this book title grabbed my eye: Thin is the New Happy, by Valerie Frankel (2008, St. Martin’s Press).

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Considering her mother screamed and even cried when her daughter overate, it's no wonder Valerie Frankel struggled for decades with various body-image issues.

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