Jill Conner Browne must be a fun person in real life. That outfit she is sporting on the cover of Fat is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens Guide to Coping with (the crappy parts of) Life is way over the top. She is just inviting you to read the book. Daring you to read the book. I read the book, but I will be honest I'm not a huge fan of books like this. It's hard to break out of that fiction mold. But there are definitely some good stories in this book.
My favorite essay has to be, "I Left My Heart..on the Porch, Actually." It's all about what she calls the "Divorce Porch." For three years and counting her husband has been working on the porch in their backyard. But of course it isn't done. It's a work in progress. Well it's more of a death trap. If they ever get divorced the porch will be the reason. Sounds perfectly rational to me. How many of us have projects that we swear we will get to but never do? I did cleaned up my room in December but I left a bag full of papers on the side. My intent was to go through them and shred the unimportant papers. Well it is now April and that bag of papers is still there. So Jill, even though I'm not married, I understand.
When it comes eating and body image, I am on her side.
"The times in my life when I have been thin, I enjoyed it well enough, but trust me, PLENTY of stuff tastes WAY better than being thin feels. For that matter, come to think of it, FEELING FULL FEELS better than being thin does." Pg. 42
I'm not advocating that everyone run out and get fat, but I had to laugh at that statement. Sure I feel great after a workout, but I feel even better when I down some french fries after that workout. Kind of defeats the purpose right? But feeling full does feel really good!!
This book is part of an ongoing series. I've never read the other books, but if I had to guess I think the themes are pretty similar. Embrace who you are and tap into the sassiness that is within all of us.
Rating: Give it a try
Note: I received a copy from Little Bird Publicity in exchange for an honest review.