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Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass Paperback – May 8, 2018
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"Baker is back with a captivating look at her life as a fat girl and how our culture still devalues those whose bodies have been deemed unruly. True to form, Landwhale is full of wittiness and a lot of truth."
"It's tempting to call Jes Baker 'fearless,' but to do so would diminish her profound capacity for vulnerability and, by extension, her strength. The thing that makes Jes such a force is that she is so brave, so funny, so blazing, so herself, even in the face of fear. I do not know what we would do without her."―Lindy West, New York Times bestselling author of Shrill
"Funny, kind, wise, generous, and incredibly real-Jes Baker's writing will have you feeling seen, heard, and held. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book, even when it made me cry. Instead of calling to us from a finish line that seems impossibly far away, Jes shares a path to self-love that she's still on with us. And in her story we can find the joy in the journey itself, even if we can't yet see the destination."―Ijeoma Oluo, New York Times bestselling author of So You Want To Talk About Race
"With the perfect tidal wave of humor and candid emotion, Jes once again shows me how to not only love my own body, but every body around me, as well. It's as if she's written Landwhale about the daily complicated love affair I have in my skin, and I'll never stop reading it. All women, at all stages of their journey, must read this book!"―Brittany Gibbons, New York Times bestselling author of Fat Girl Walking and The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat)?
"In Landwhale, Jes Baker asks the hard questions of herself and of our fat-hating culture, and she never sugarcoats the answers. Her memoir is full of humor and grace and honesty. She treats the reader like a friend, and on every page she sends the message: You're not alone."―Sarai Walker, author of Dietland
"Jes Baker's words are ointment for the soul. I want to give this book to every person who's ever struggled with their body and its place in this world. Read this book. Thank me later."―Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin
"Jes Baker is building a world I want to live in. In it, fat people can be beautiful, powerful, messy, imperfect, self-aware, courageous, vulnerable, real and human--just like anyone else. Landwhale is a lifeline to that world. I can't thank Jes enough for her funny, brave, empowering work to create it."―Your Fat Friend
"Whether she is reminding how fatphobia fractures the honest memory of our childhood bodies or she is shadow walking us through the stories of shame our own mothers and father's projected onto our bodies, Landwhale is an ode to the bravery and humor it takes to live in this world in a fat body. Praise Jes Baker for this generous, tender tale and for reminding us that it is okay to go ahead and live OUTLOUD because whatever we have most feared, we have already survived."―Sonya Renee Taylor, activist and author of The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love
"Funny, frank, and thoughtful."―Booklist
"One of the most honest and eye opening memoirs you'll read this year."―HelloGiggles
About the Author
Jes is internationally recognized for her writing on her blog, The Militant Baker and for the "Attractive and Fat" campaign. Her extensive body advocacy work has continued to garner attention from hundreds of national and international media networks.
When not blogging, Jes spends her time speaking at universities, taking pictures in her underwear, writing for online publications, working with plus size clothing companies, attempting to convince her cats that they like to wear bow ties and trying to beat her best time when playing The Quiet Game. Jes's record is currently a respectable 15 seconds.
Learn more about Jes at TheMilitantBaker.com.
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*Body liberation is what's up, whatever your size. I learned about the importance of body liberation vs body positivity and am on board 100%, read the book to understand why.
*Her honesty is fresh and empowering. If you've ever wondered if you're the only one who's had (fill in the blank thought/experience), Jes Baker is willing to open up and share her own experiences so that you know you're not the only one.
*Representation is important.
*She's done a lot of critical thinking on weight, body image, health and any other number of related topics... this is one hell of an opportunity to really understand these issues through the mind of someone who has put a copious amount of time, intelligence and energy into understanding and navigating these controversial and necessary subjects.
Read this book. Thank you Jes Baker for your vulnerability!
I read Jes's first book, which gives advice for challenging your long-held assumptions of what you as a fat person can do. I loved it. I follow Jes on Instagram, where she posts inspiring and challenging stuff that gets me thinking. Jes is always teaching me. She reminds me that it's okay to be vulnerable and strong, defiant and afraid. Her voice is unmistakable, and I think you should really pick up this book. You won't regret it.
This book, different than her first, comes from her life and her heart and is a story so many of us relate to. A story about learning to love ourselves while trying to figure out this wild life.
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One of the many great quotes from this book:
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