Join Readers Resist for our May meet up to discuss this month’s read Shrill by Lindy West.
About the book:
“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.”
We are Readers Resist. We read a different book each month, and we meet once a month in the Detroit/Metro Detroit area to discuss each reading and the larger themes it presents to our consciousness. We ONLY meet in spaces that are owned by or support women, women of color, and members of the LGBTQ community.
You do NOT have to own or finish the book to participate in the conversation. We welcome anyone into our discussion as long as they respect our mission.
If you are able to purchase each month’s read, we suggest that you buy from an independent bookstore or small business such as Source Booksellers, Pages Bookshop, or Book Suey.
For more information, please contact PPAM East MI Community Organizer Emily Clancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.