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I'm Not the New Me Paperback – April 26, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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
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wendy mcclure can definitely be funny-- in fact, if she had chosen to write a book where the main character wasn't HER, i'd be totally into it. but as a fellow fat person and a person who has tried weight watchers (and as a person with a 10 year old online journal), i can see right through her. i know what she's leaving out. her fat shame is obvious on every page and i know what details she's leaving out, what details she's including. and, frankly, she's just not that interesting. she's nowhere near as interesting as a character that she invented could be, and there's the problem.
of course you should write what you know. of course every character you write about is YOU, partially, or at least someone you know. but there are ways to create a character with you in her who isn't just you, who doesn't live your normal boring life, who isn't just you with a fantasy life, and who isn't embarrassingly free of flaws and negative qualities like a character would have to be when you're just writing about yourself.
and as a side note i thought the way she talked about her mother was really gross. you can be crude and funny and candid without insulting the people you want to capture !
I did still have some good chuckles with this book and I certainly related to her self esteem struggles combined with her weight loss efforts. However this book truly is a memoir about that time of her life where she started her journal-blog and connected to others via the internet. Its about her dating life during that period and how that affected her. This is not a moivation weight loss journey. In fact the book ends as McClure comes to terms with her weight problem and her mother's weight struggles during McClure's childhood and how that affected her in adulthood. McClure actually starts gaining some weight back by the close of the story. I'd like to think that the point is that she is ok with that but I'm not really clear if that is the case.
Still I find Wendy McClure a relatable, likeable person and I flew through the story in a few hours. The Weight Watcher's receipe cards from the 70's were pretty gross and funny and probably those alone were worth the price of the book, although I wish there were more of them.
McClure doesn't lose sight of the fact that she feels that she's buying into something by joining a group to lose weight. That cynicism is certainly refreshing. It keeps the book from plunging too far into cloying feel-good tripe, or from ascending too high into the sphere of the truly self-obsessed navel-gazing memoir. It's not that McClure advocates not improving oneself; rather, it's that she sees that there is more to the modern push to lose weight than is immediately apparent, and that finding out how to improve yourself without buying into the weight-loss culture is one of the trickier things to try to accomplish.
The plot meanders at times, and there is no great apotheosis of Wendy McClure awaiting readers at the end, but this is perhaps one of the most honest, unabashed books I've come across in quite some time. If you want a self-help book, this is not for you. If you want to step inside the life of Wendy McClure, and perhaps even feel some resonance with your own, then go and read this right away.
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