Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman

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.

Title:Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316348409

    Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman Reviews

  • Emily May

    Of all the feminist non-fiction books I've had on my to-read list, this one was calling to me the least. I'm not sure why, as I didn't even really know what it was about outside what the title told me...

  • Sarah Andersen

    I'm a cartoonist and I face extensive online harassment, so I picked up this book in the hopes that Lindy's writing about her own experiences would help me my grasp my own."Men, you will never underst...

  • Hannah Greendale

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.Society has long held women to near-impossible standards of beauty and urged them to remain quiet and reserved....

  • Esil

    Lindy West doesn't come across as shrill in Shrill but as really smart, funny and gutsy. This worked really well as an Audiobook. I had never heard of West before reading Julie's excellent review, whi...

  • Lola

    I say no to my own instinct to stay quiet. I don’t know if you’ve kind of gotten this vibe from my reviews (who am I kidding, you probably have), but I’m a person who has an opinion on many thin...

  • Shannon

    In early 2015, Lindy West confronted one of her most horrific internet trolls on This American Life. But long before that confrontation, West wrote her way into the public eye by taking on rape jokes ...

  • Sh3lly (GrumpyBookGrrrl.com)

    On sale for $2.99 on US Kindle March 16, 2019!This is not the sort of book I normally read. While I do like memoirs and nonfiction, it’s not my usual go-to. But as an overweight (fat) woman and feel...

  • Julie

    Whoa.This was such a mixed bag for me!To start with, the promotional quote on the front of the book reads, “Lindy West is an essential and hilarious voice for women.”Hilarious? Oh, cool. Like Davi...

  • Kelli

    I don’t want to have another fucking conversation with another fucking woman about what she’s eating or not eating or regrets eating or pretends to not regret eating to mask the regret.(OMG, Lindy...

  • Thomas

    In 2017, society still expects women to keep quiet, move aside for men, and comply to the rules. Lindy West's courageous and humorous memoir, Shrill, details her journey in breaking free from these ex...