Book Review: As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty

confessionsofafattyFour starsThe author sells herself short in that she assumes all her readers face the same challenges with weight that she describes. In fact, her message is appropriate for anyone who hasn’t yet discovered his or her authentic self. Wagner’s challenge is her addiction to food which she uses to compensate when she feels unappreciated. But she doesn’t stop battling. She also doesn’t blame others. In this, her book is a pattern for what others who use substances or activities to screen out discomfort can do to take responsibility for their lives.

In addition, she tells the story of a Palestinian Christian family, led by her immigrant father, a story of successful businesses, a story most Americans haven’t heard, but should. It presents another facet of the complicated image of Arabs, one at odds with the predominant, one-dimensional narrative so many Americans are satisfied to accept.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: As Is: Confessions of a True Fatty

  1. Oh, Sandra! Thank you so much! You put the face to this review. Your review meant so much to me when I had read it. I really appreciated your wonderful critique. Thank you for your comments on my culture. Insight and understanding breeds growth and compassion and a more 3 dimensional view. It was a pleasure meeting you at the conference. I hope to see you and keep in touch with you again.

    Linda

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