Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Dietland Book Review (2015)

Dietland Book Review (2015)Dietland by Sarai Walker is not a diet book. It is not a
non-fiction book. It is a fictional story about a woman who is waiting to lose weight before she begins living her life. She is not really living yet. She won't start until she is thin and can enjoy all that she thinks comes with being thin including beautiful and confident. She is saving for weight loss surgery. She is hoarding clothes that she buys online for her future self.

Plum Kettle winds up sidetracked by a group of women who have decided to make their own way and ignore the rules of society. In meeting these women, she learns about the costs of being beautiful. This book is easy to read but not lighthearted though it is definitely funny at times. It is an interesting read that takes a look at the weight loss industry, the beauty industry and even gender inequality.

Be forewarned that it has entire sections that are pornographic. The consensus of my book club was that the book could have covered that area of our society without actually being pornographic. Because of this content, many in my book club would not recommend this book to friends and family, which is a shame because I think that it is a good story.

Watch this video review of the book. I love it. It is very short but gives you a much better idea than I can in writing of what this book is about and of the spirit found within the pages of Dietland.

 

As cosproduction says in the video, this book is a work of fiction. Despite the title, it is not a self-help book, not a memoir and not a weight-loss guide. It is a book about “a group of kick ass women taking on society’s view of beauty.”

In 2015, this book was on Amazon's Top 100 Editors' Pick of the Year list, was one of Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best Books of 2015, was a New York Post Best Novel to Read This Summer book and an, O, The Oprah Magazine 10 Titles to Pick Up Now book. Is it RECOMMENDED by me? Yes, with the caution mentioned above. If you can get beyond that content, I recommend you give Dietland a try. Or not. Your choice but if you do read it be sure to come back and let us all know what you thought. Guaranteed, this book will give you something to think about. You can find Dietland here on Amazon in book, audiobook and Kindle formats.

See you
At the book store!
Brenda

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4 comments:

  1. There are a lot of women who get tired of seeing the perfect image portrayed with a certain look, body shape or size. I don't mind being petite (short), but I do mind having to work harder to find clothes that are made in petite sizes. I can't simply buy off the rack without having to hem or alter the outfit, which means I am buying work for myself. However, that is no where near the issues that some women have in this world that is so focused on preferring a body shape that frankly often looks unhealthy. I expect this book and the mindset of the book would appeal to scores of women for a variety of reasons.

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  2. Interesting book review. Glad you stated what this book is actually about as the title does make you assume it is about weight loss. You do find some unusual books to read, Brenda. :₩

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  3. Minus the graphic parts, this book sounds interesting. I think I could get into reading it. It's too bad women have to go to creative lengths just to break down norms. I find it frustrating that the world just can't accept people for the people they are, not their looks and societies expectations. Will save this for a future read.

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  4. This sounds like an interesting read. I may have to add it to my kindle. I totally get the "waiting to live until..." thinking. Waiting for the greener grass on the other side, and wasting a lot of time in the meantime.

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