The idea for each one is to share the first line of a book, and your first impressions of it, so let’s begin!
“Why is, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ the go-to small talk we make with children? ‘Hello child. As I have run out of compliments to pay you on your doodling, can you tell me what sort of niche you plan to carve out for yourself in the howling existential morass of uncertainty known as the future?'”
Yeah, I’m going to like this book. In two sentences we already have funny social commentary, an overwhelming amount of sass, and existential anxiety about life in general. These are a few of my favorite things (who needs raindrops on roses, or whiskers on kittens?) (Just kidding, I love both of those things too). In all seriousness, though, I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, and the first lines didn’t disappoint. I’m in need of some fiery feminist reading to counteract the crap happening in the world right now. I’m glad I picked this up.
What I’m Reading:
Publisher’s Blurb (taken from Amazon):
“NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:
NPR, ESQUIRE, The LA Times, and NEWSWEEK
WINNER OF THE STRANGER GENIUS AWARD
Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can’t be funny.
Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.
From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.
With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.”
My full review will be up on Monday.
What are you reading this weekend?