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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Gamble Guides (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975251716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975251713
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lara Frater is an author and a fat acceptance activist. She lives in New York City.

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Yes folks, SEX!!
Michael Doherty
Totally necessary for a woman who loves who she is, or even a woman who needs resources to better be able to love herself.
S. Bucek
That's the message from Lara Frater in her new book, "Fat Chicks Rule."
Sue Hudson

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael Doherty on July 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
We had a chance to read Lara Frater's "Fat Chicks Rule!" When I asked Liza what she thought, she simply replied, "This is every woman's story..."

Lara talks of her "thin voice" - you know the one that promises you friends, romance, success, beauty - if you could only lose some weight. The same little voice the drives us back to the roller coaster world of dieting. And then one day, she stepped off the ride, and began to live her life . . .

And she wants the reader to live too! She wants them to reclaim their bodies from the diet industry and from media stereotypes of beauty. The writer takes the reader on a how to journey of Ruling as a Fat Chick!!

Fat Chicks Rule! is a great resource for everything the Fat Chick needs to live her life fully. Need a role model? Check out Fat Chicks in history or famous entertainers. Lara has done her homework; a practical guide covering everything from size-positive movies to shopping tips to dare we say it? Yes folks, SEX!! It's all there and more.

Even witty comebacks for those insensitive remarks. . . My favorite being, "There's a thin person inside you." "That's because thin people are so tasty!"

So, if you need some advice, looking for a place to shop, or need a little boost in the self-esteem department - check out "Fat Chicks Rule!"

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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Sue Hudson on July 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Round. Plump. Zaftig. It doesn't matter what word you use, they all mean "fat." And it's beautiful. That's the message from Lara Frater in her new book, "Fat Chicks Rule." LF doesn't apologize for being on the heavy side and neither, she says, should any woman (or man) who's in the same general size category. Fat is fun. It's cool. It's a survival asset in more cultures and at more historical periods than anyone at the New England Journal of Medicine is ever going to admit. LF gives tons of information about the history of fat, the history of women, background on why the medical profession is not necessarily your friend, as well as advice on tips that makes it a little simpler for fat chicks to work, shop, play and travel. Most importantly, she tells her readers that as long as they eat well, exercise, and let common sense dictate their impulses to lose weight (rather than the billion dollar diet industry), they'll probably do just fine. I picked this book up on a tip from a friend at work (we're all on the heavy side) and I was amazed and excited to read a message that finally made sense to me after having heard the same recycled dogma from doctors, the government, and other so-called "professional" health experts who were obviously more interested in selling their own "health products" than my health. This book is a gem!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on April 25, 2009
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I *wanted* to love this book.

I have "Fat?So!" by Marilyn Wann, which I loved and found absolutely life changing, so I bought this one as a companion to that volume. I agree with other reviewers that if you are only going to buy one "Fat" book, buy "Fat?So!", it is, by far, the best.

Mostly this is a good book. It does have some problems though.

1. It was in *dire* need of a good editor. The author is a very good, engaging writer, but whoever her editor was, they should be fired and find work in some other field. This book is *full* of typos, incomplete sentences, in one chapter the last part of the final paragraph of the chapter just wasn't there ... like it got accidentally deleted. While this did not detract from the over all value of the book, it was really, really irritating.

2. I wasn't that impressed with the "fluffy" stuff up front - what movies I should be watching as a Fat Chick, what clothes I should be buying, what styles are "cool" and which ones aren't, etc. I found that part annoying as well, and unfortunately, it was unwisely placed at the beginning of the book - the first several chapters are "fluff". It would have been more appropriately placed in the back of the book - after the "meat" of the book [again an editing problem].

Once you get past those initial chapters you get to the "good stuff", the meaningful stuff, the stuff that will help you improve your life and enjoy it more. That part is great.

3. It felt like the author was pretty angry writing the book. While I definitely understand the anger and where it comes from, I think the book would have been better if anger could have been set aside at least a little. In contrast, Marilyn Wann in "Fat?So!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EaglesFan on December 14, 2007
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Fat Chicks Rule is a great book. As our society is so obsessed with women being "skinny" and makes big women feel like losers(which they are not!)this book gives big women a much needed boost.As a man,I dated "skinny women" and was married to a "skinny woman" and let me tell you it was some of my worst relationships experiences I ever had! After my divorce I dated big women and now I'm in a relationship with a big woman and those were the best relationships. My current big g/f is great.Pretty face,nice personality(plus I love the big bust and nice thick thighs!)and great in the you know where!So big ladies, read Fat Chicks Rule! it will really be of help and remember,there are alot of men like me out there who love big women. Don't let society or Hollywood make you feel inferior because you are not.
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More About the Author

I'm a big fat girl who loves to write. I split my writing time into very different but sometimes overlapping worlds.

In 2005 I published a non-fiction book Fat Chicks Rule! How to Survive a Thin Centric World. It was a guidebook on being a big girl in a thin world and included information on how to fat positive books, movies, and TV, where to find fashion, comfortable seating, and how to deal with fat hatred. A few months after the book was published, I did a companion blog with the same name that I still update it every Monday.

From 2005-2011, I published essays, poetry and short stories.

In 2012, I published End of the Line the first in the series of three zombie novels that takes place in a world almost dead of the flu and having to deal the zombies who rose from the ashes. End of the Line was followed by Stuck in the Middle in 2013 and Full Circle in 2014.

I am also working on a three book dystopian series called Welcome to Pluto. I hope to have the first book out in 2016.

My favorite zombie novel of all time is War World Z and my favorite zombie movie is 28 Days Later. Honorable mention to the books: Feed, Warm Bodies, Ice Station Zombie and Married with Zombies and the movies: the original Night of the Living Dead, both versions of Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, and Warm Bodies.

My favorite authors are: Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler and Richard Matheson.

I live in New York City, am married to follow author Jonathan Frater and have lots of animals and people in my house. I'm in need of an exterminator or an obedient Dalek.