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Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body Paperback – April 10, 2012
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Two Whole Cakes is a vulnerable, funny, whip-smart, incendiary book that offers a delightfully readable way out of our culture's unrealistic expectations of body size and appearance.”Hanne Blank, author of Big Big Love
"Every single page of this book contains an AHA! moment. Two Whole Cakes is super empowering and fun to readyou seriously can't put it down. I've read it twice, and I'm keeping it for my daughter." Jane Pratt, founding editor of xoJane and Sassy
I am extremely grateful that Lesley Kinzel is flooding cyberspace with provocative conversations about the political, financial, emotional, and spiritual struggles resulting from America's obsession with weight.” Camryn Manheim, author of Wake Up, I’m Fat!
About the Author
She is a regular contributor to the online magazine, xo.Jane. Over the years Kinzel has become the go-to fatty for all things fat fashion, and fat pop culture and has been quoted on ABC News, CNN, the Guardian, the Boston Globe, the New York Post, and the New York Times.
Top Customer Reviews
A previous review described this book as part manifesto, part memoir. I totally agree with that assessment, but I don't think that's a positive thing. Her political leanings about fat culture mixed in with her own personal experiences made for an uneven read. I will pass this book along, maybe the next person who reads it will like it more than I did?
Two Whole Cakes is a small, friendly book. It's a paperback of about 160 pages. Neither an academic text nor a neatly logical refutation of anti-fat hate, reading it feels like I'm chatting with Lesley over dinner (or cake!). She tells stories from her childhood and grad school intermixed with passionate culminations of a manifesto. There is no index, no table of contents, and it's not chronological. It meanders, but not aimlessly. There are sentences and even paragraphs that I would expect to find in gradate school rather than a cute paperback. Rather than distracting from the intimacy of Kinzel's voice, they add a depth and complexity that is so often the hallmark of her work. She's thoughtful and reflective, both of herself and our culture at large (pun always intended). Kinzel has the ability to both take topics seriously while also conveying how absolutely absurd they are. When Kinzel discusses the side effects from a diet pill, I had to put down the book because I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt and I couldn't keep my eyes open. Only Lesley could get me to laugh so hard about diet pills and literal crap. And it's more than the absurdity of our culture that got to me. She talks about her involvement in fat community, a flourishing community full of self acceptance and love.Read more ›
I want to stress that this is not "only for fat chicks" - anyone who has experienced feeling like their body will never be "right" can probably relate to a lot of this book. At the same time it's a valuable point of view work from a fat person that talks frankly about being fat and what that is like on a daily basis, something that is not talked about nearly enough in the media.
However, I was happy to find despite the subtitle that the Kinzel's book doesn't take that approach. It is really more of a memoir than a "how to" of anything, which I also liked.
I would recommend this book both to those who can nod along and feel understood (I actually felt like fistpumping at the line "I HAD TO SLAY A F------ DRAGON TO BUY THIS DRESS!"), as well as others who might benefit from more of an understanding of the experience of being overweight.
I do, in fact, wish that everyone who is in the medical field would read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The FA movement is a disgrace to humanity. Unhealthy living shouldn't be encouraged. Shame on this obese author trying to justify herself and attempting to delude other vulnerable... Read morePublished on May 13, 2014 by Jeremy!
Recommended for anyone in need of some fiercely intelligent size-acceptance literature, and for those seeking to deprogram a lifetime of "health" brainwashing.Published on January 30, 2014 by Jess Kilgannon
Relatable and interesting. This was the first time I've really been presented with the idea of fat-acceptance, and these ideas will stick with me.Published on December 27, 2013 by Riz
Loved the book, but didn't realize it was a short story. Could have stretched this out longer to make it more enticing.Published on December 18, 2013 by Angie Bentley
An easy, enjoyable, read. Good for those who are new to FA and need an introduction. A lot of the stories really hit home.Published on June 13, 2013 by Amanda
Basically, I wish everybody I love could read this book. It is intelligent, compassionate, funny and knowledgeable - a book I will turn to many, many times. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Mrs Leanne Dempsey
This book is hilarious, sweet, occasionally sad, but never regrettable. Perfect for introduction to body politics, or even a refresher course. Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by S. G.