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“This accessible blend of memoir and cultural theory is a lifeline and a love letter; one is better off in the world for having read it.”—Marianne Kirby, coauthor of Lessons From the Fat-o-Sphere

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 read—you 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

Lesley Kinzel has been engaging with body politics and social justice activism for well over a decade. She co-founded and moderated the blog Fatshionista for five years (2005-2010), which has turned her into an online celebrity in the communities of fat acceptance, fashion, and women’s issues.

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558617930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558617933
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julie Anne on April 26, 2012
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I bought this book because I am such a fan of Lesley's writing on XoJane.com. I was disappointed to see that this book is just a disjointed collection of her essays from that Web site, which I have read, for free, already.

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?
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If you've never read anything fat acceptance related, this is an excellent introduction. It's fun, light, and easily approachable without watering down the core tenants. Lesley never apologizes for her fatness (or anyone else's), and does a fine job of both showing and telling why fat acceptance is important and needed and why you ought care and join our team. If you're a fat-acceptance regular, fret not; I assure you, this book is also for you.

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.
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This is a quick read in size, but the book is not short on insights. Lesley shares a series of reflections on experiences living in a fat body, some humorous, some excruciating, but none of them feel pointless, which is a rare gift. The story she recounts about being stared at in a department store, or overhearing someone call out a body-based insult that wasn't even aimed at her but still produced a reaction, reminded me all too much of my own life. The thing I value the most about Lesley's writing in general is that she has her own coping methods but she seems to have a solid understanding that being who she is (and how she looks) is okay, and it's not necessary to try to find a positive label for your body or your personality in order to be a full human being. That's definitely something the world needs more of.

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.
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Lesley is amazing, I love learning more about life from her perspective on a near daily basis and this book was no exception, really enjoyed it. She brings up interesting theories, shares tales from her life, and helps you screw your head on a little straighter. I am trying to learn to be more kind to myself, and this book was definitely another stepping stone on that journey.
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I was reluctant to pick up this book because the subtitle "how to stop dieting" turned me off a bit - though I move in circles of the fat acceptance community, and I do believe that you should learn to love your body no matter what place it's at, I sometimes find in those circles disregard or even hostility towards those who DO choose to diet, for whatever personal reasons.

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.
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This is an amazing book!! Kinzel is an engaging writer. I had never read a book like this before, and it gave me an entirely new perspective on fat acceptance and body politics. I highly recommend it.
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