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  • Notes from a Loud Woman
  • By: Lindy West
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  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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By: Lindy West
Narrated by: Lindy West
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'Women are told, from birth, that it's our job to be small: physically small, small in our presence, and small in our impact on the world. We're supposed to spend our lives passive, quiet and hungry. I want to obliterate that expectation....'

Guardian columnist Lindy West wasn't always loud. It's difficult to believe she was once a nerdy, overweight teen who wanted nothing more than to be invisible. Fortunately for women everywhere, along the road she found her voice - and how she found it!

That cripplingly shy girl who refused to make a sound somehow grew up to be one of the loudest, shrillest, most fearless feminazis on the Internet, making a living standing up for what's right instead of what's cool.

In Shrill, Lindy recounts how she went from being the butt of people's jokes to telling her own brand of jokes - ones that carry with them serious messages and aren't at someone else's expense. She reveals the obstacles and stereotyping she's had to overcome to make herself heard in a society that doesn't think women (especially fat women and feminists) are or can be funny.

She also tackles some of the most burning issues of popular culture today, taking a frank and provocative look at racism, oppression, fat shaming, Twitter trolling and even rape culture, unpicking the bullshit and calling out unpalatable truths with conviction, intelligence and a large dose of her trademark black humour.

'Lindy West is an essential (and hilarious) voice for women. Her talent and bravery have made the Internet a place I actually want to be.' (Lena Dunham)

©2016 Lindy West (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Beautiful, entertaining, poignant and lots of lol

Thanks Lindy for this book and all the activism you do for women. Your book is intelligent, eloquent and funny, just like you. I feel so happy (and smarter) after reading/listening to you read it. And very thankful that amazing people like you are challenging the bs and striving for change so the world is a safer place.

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Compelling

A delightful, compelling and continually enthralling book. Lindy is articulate, irreverent and excellent at composing arguments which support her ideas. I learned a lot about what it's like to be growing up and being in the public eye as a woman in this digital age. Highly recommended, and I will definitely listen to it again. I was already suggesting it to others before I'd even finished it, and I'd like my teenage daughter to read it, too.

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Not what I thought it was going to be but still interesting.

I really wanted this to be a how-to on how to love your plus-size body. There’s a bit of that. But it’s more of an autobiography of Lindy’s life. There’s also a large majority of the book dedicated to dismantling rape culture. Again, not what I was after. But Lindy is likeable, positive snd relatable.

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Brilliant

Lindy West is funny, fierce and fabulous. My only complaint is that it finished too soon!

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Thank you Lindy!

Thank you for normalising the female body in all its glorious imperfections, and for reminding me that it’s ok to be just as I am. That I don’t owe anyone an explanation for me. I highly recommend this to any person, man and woman.

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Tub thumping but fun

Starts off as a kind of self-help text for fat teenage girls but stick with it even if you don't fit the bill. There is plenty to think about in this entertaining account of West's life so far. She rather overdoes the crusading but the causes are all worthy and she has a sharp sense of humour and is clear sighted even if the vision is sometimes a little one-eyed. Gains immeasurably by being narrated by the author.

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brilliant

really great moments that are super validating as a woman struggling with body image. hilarious in all the right places ❤

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A new perspective

Super grateful for Lindy West’s lol funny, clever, poignant and so deeply thoughtful. Opened my eyes to prejudices I didn’t realise I held so tightly and thanks to her humanity, compassion and honesty I was able to have a perspective shift.
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Best book this year for me hands down

Lindy West is my new hero - no matter what size you are if you are female in western culture you must read this book. I particularly loved listening to it as Lindy is the narrator so it added extra authenticity and power.

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loved it !!!

loved every minute, some great laughs and more than a few learning curves, would definitely read again

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