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When McClure, a 33-year-old children's book editor from Chicago, creates a Web site to chronicle losing weight, she contemplates possible names for it. She rejects My Weight Loss Journey, Soon To Be Slender, My Body Journal and Funky Flesh, which she decides "has bad B.O. connotations," before choosing Pound (its Web address is www.poundy.com because www.pound.com wasn't available). In this funny, likable memoir, McClure offers sardonic commentary on both projects—her struggle to shed pounds and the creation and growth of Pound—from confessing how much she wants a special Weight Watchers magnet (the token the program gives to members when they lose their first 25 pounds) to describing a shopping trip to Lane Bryant. "For some reason, plus size designers love the mutant conjoined twinset," she writes. "I think they're under the impression that fat women get so out of breath putting their arms through sleeves that they're doing us a favor." McClure's narrative also includes selections of e-mails from appreciative, devoted Pound readers, accounts of online dating woes and some recollections of her childhood. The narrative drags in spots, but, just as Pound fans found McClure's words inspiring, those who read this work are likely to applaud its author for writing such an encouraging, spirited book. Agent, Erin Hosier at the Gernert Company. (Apr. 26)
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A brave, bittersweet look at weight, loss, and elusive happy endings. -- Jennifer Weiner, author of Good In Bed
If you really want to lose weight, read this book--you'll laugh your ass off. -- Steve Almond, author of Candyfreak
[a] hilarious, painfully honest, totally compelling...suspenseful and strangely comforting story of a girl trying to lose a few pounds... -- Jennifer Belle, author of High Maintenance and Going Down
I read McClure's newest book, "A Wilder Life" that can't possibly rate less than five stars in my opininon. Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by Pacey1927
I love memoirs; I've been reading them for years. I just really enjoy getting into another person's head, learning about different situations, finding solidarity, etc. Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by Rayna
This book is different from other weight loss memoirs. It's different because it's anti-inspirational. I know that sounds like a bad thing, but maybe it's not. Read morePublished on July 12, 2009 by Nervous Girl
I loved this book. The author writes beautifully and I felt so many of the things that she has gone through. And? She's hilarious and pretty much rules.
I wanted to give 2 1/2 stars, as this book was really just a straight "OK, not particularly good nor particularly bad". Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by sarabella
The theme of weight loss is just the vehicle for Wendy McClure's sharp and funny, and occasionally moving, observations on social interactions, the importance of friendships, and... Read morePublished on February 1, 2009 by Susan O'Doherty
I thought this book would be good--but I was very frustrated by this book. I tried on two different occasions to get into this memoir but I gave up each time. Read morePublished on February 28, 2008 by Barb F.
After viewing all the reader feedback, I was eargerly anticipating the arrival of this book. I'm sorry to say I purchased this one. Read morePublished on September 11, 2007 by EIC
I thought this book was kind of cute. It has no tips on losing weight. It is just one woman's story about dealing with life in realtion to diet issues. Read morePublished on July 2, 2007 by Kelenda Allen-james