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I'm Not the New Me Paperback – April 26, 2005
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
I expected it to be another Bridget Jones diary and it was not. I was pleasantly surprised by the respect that Wendy has for herself and that she didn't focus [at least her book] on changing for a man or for a reunion (cliche weight loss themes). The book is witty, funny, and not juvenile (for the most part) although the depression did remind me of my high school days as an "alternative"/psuedo-goth. I think Wendy did a decent job of depicting herself as a whole. Ultimately, I never felt pity for Wendy because she seems so cool (although health is a separate issue).
I have a little (compared to Wendy) weight to lose myself and I could relate to the "IRS Audit photographs". Her description was so vivid! Ultimately, this book was encouraging and really encouraged me to make an effort to get healthy without making me feel guilty.
The WW cards are awesome and I enjoy showing them to friends. :) Her site candyboots.com has more of the cards.
Wendy McClure is a crack-up, but the girl is no slouch or one-trick pony. She has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, one of the country's most difficult programs to gain entry to. I'm so glad to see her using her excellent talent and skill for something so valuable: making me laugh until I pee on myself.
But don't just buy it for that. Buy it because Wendy is whip-smart and tremendously funny, and because this book will make you think twice about the diet industry, food, and the relationships American woman have with both.
I found "I'm not the new me" to be delightful. McClure's writing is very reminiscent of Laurie Notaro, of whom I am a huge fan. I thought this book was engaging and personal, while being funny and vulnerable. I do hope that McClure writes additional works, because I am really in love with her humor and writing style.
I highly recommend this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 L&CR
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