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Well Rounded Paperback – April 1, 1998
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From Library Journal
In three unique approaches, these books convince their readers to accept and enjoy their size 14-plus bodies. True Beauty is an autobiographical account of Emme, "the world's leading plus-size model." Her well-written story captivates the reader and presents a wonderful example of how a large woman can learn to be healthy, successful, and happy. This book is enjoyable and will appeal to those who like to read a story. In Well Rounded, Lippincott, another successful plus-size model, devises eight steps to follow to become happy with life in a large body. From accepting and enjoying your size (step 1), through getting to know your body (3) and assessing your body's strengths and weaknesses (4) to a discussion of movement and exercise (8), her advice is both practical and esteem-building. Each step includes a toolbox of activities to perform. This book will appeal to those who want an outline or guide explaining how to achieve their goal. Therapist Erdman (Nothing To Lose, HarperSanFrancisco, 1995) presents ideas to help women accept and enjoy their large bodies. Each page consists of an idea, a brief paragraph describing that idea, an affirmation, and an activity. This book will appeal to those who are searching for an ongoing program of development and reinforcement. All three books include sections for recommended readings and resources. Each will appeal to a different kind of reader, though True Beauty and Well Rounded may be best formatted for libraries.?Elizabeth Caulfield Felt, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Linda Gillan Griffin Houston Chronicle This author helps women accept themselves as they are.
Lisa Faye Kaplan The Salt Lake Tribune Well Rounded aims to teach readers how to be comfortable in the skin they're in regardless of the size.
Sharon Thompson Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) Women who hate January because they think they must go on a diet will love Catherine Lippincott. She's 5 feet 10 inches tall and wears a size 16 -- and she is happy with the way she looks. To help others feel that way she's written Well Rounded.
B.J. Foreman Cincinnati Post Well Rounded... is not a diet book. It does, however, contain the sine qua non for successful dieting -- the path to loving oneself.
Star News (West Covina, CA) An enlightened approach to self-acceptance....
Big Beautiful Woman magazine Well Rounded is jam-packed With good ideas on how to become more size-accepting...you won't be disappointed.
Library Journal Unique....her advice is both practical and esteem-building.
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Top Customer Reviews
Though, unlike many popular books today, Catherine's does not contain the "poor mes," the trendy, boring ideas about "self-esteem" (and the assumption that one who is large is lacking in same) are totally stereotypical and tired. One wonders if those with weight problems (with which I can empathise, since it is a lifelong situation of my own) will not stop to think that few genuine difficulties in any life were caused by, or would be decreased by, anything connected with one's weight. It would be far better if Catherine had dealt with fashion in itself, rather than flavouring her work with pop psychology which falls flat.
Lipincott's thoughtful self-evaluation exercizes, sprinkled throughout the book, gently help the reader reveal levels of herself that may have lain dormant for a lifetime. The outcome of these individual assessments is directly used to help enhance her self-image as well as the she image presents to the world.
The book's fashion advice is not 'one-size-fits-all'. The reader can learn to identify her best features and customize her appearance to highlight them, no matter what they are or what her size.
'Well Rounded' is a quick read, but with deep thought and an obvious sense of caring and outreach behind it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is or loves a larger woman.
I found this book more transforming than some others I've read because the author is truly focused on the reader, it seems, not her own story. She taps her own experience to make practical points, and conveys "no B.S." sincerity in her efforts to support and affirm the reader.
I feared this might be a "makeover" book with a smattering of broadly useful information (thought I could always pass it along to a woman friend). It's really the opposite -- largely helpful information for any person of size with just some specific tips for women only. If you want to explore accepting yourself as you are, this is as good a place as any to start the journey.
Also, guys, there aren't books for us out there directly on this subject -- don't pass up this one. Self image is one problem we can all share.
While raising one's self-esteem may be more complex for many than what is implied in Lippencott's eight steps, a well-rounded woman may well be on her way. Sometimes a person just needs a few tools (postivie affirmations, body image exercises) to reach a level of new-found confidence. I have also benefited from the relaxation exercises.
Lippencott encourages readers to look within first before taking drastic external measures to boost self-esteem. Although she talks about clothing/fashion later, it's the first part of the book that holds the most importance.
What I find annoying are the lame bits about self-esteem and accepting yourself. It's become a rote line in the emerging field of plus-sized books. Don't get me wrong -- I believe we need all the encouragement and support we can get -- but it seemed cookie-cuttered. It didn't seem very personal.
If you're look for fat-positive stories of success, stick to 'Wake up!, I'm Fat' by Camryn Manheim. She actually explores her relationships, emotions and motivations more. But if you'd like some light-hearted fashion advice and some well-meant plattitude, then this is a good book to pick up. It has earned a permanent place in my library, but mostly for the practical fashion advice.