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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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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: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.4 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: #460,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, co-author 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, actor and author of Wake Up, I’m Fat!

About the Author

Lesley Kinzel: 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 now has her own popular fat fashion and pop culture blog, Two Whole Cakes, which gets roughly 60,000-70,000 hits per month.

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. She resides in the Boston area with her husband and a well-tended stable of cats.

More About the Author

Lesley Kinzel has been engaging with body politics and social justice activism, both as an academic and as an everyday upstart, for over a decade. Lesley's efforts to talk about fattery really loudly with as many people as possible have included writing for Newsweek and Marie Claire; being profiled in a feature article in the Boston Globe; having her blog twittered about by Roger Ebert; serving as a guest for a roundtable discussion on fat and culture for NPR's On Point; and being honored by The Feminist Press as one of "40 Feminists Under 40″ to watch out for, because they're probably causing trouble for SOMEBODY.

Having narrowly escaped her home planet of South Florida at the tender age of 18, she currently resides in the Boston area with her husband and their cats, where she works as an associate editor at xoJane.com.

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An easy, enjoyable, read.
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It's fun, light, and easily approachable without watering down the core tenants.
Jennifer A. Leyva
Basically, I wish everybody I love could read this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Leyva on March 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Tuszynski on April 11, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Riz on December 27, 2013
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on June 13, 2013
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An easy, enjoyable, read. Good for those who are new to FA and need an introduction. A lot of the stories really hit home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bobi on May 4, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Leanne Dempsey on February 15, 2013
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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. I encourage everybody to get their own copy, and read it every time they need a reality check, and to feel better about themselves and others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Johns on April 30, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading Two Whole Cakes. The book was well written, clear and funny too! Lesley Kinzel has a way with words, and helps you see that it isn't about being fat or not fat, its about accepting everyone for who they are.
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