Lindy West, author of Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, and the 2017 ORI choice, offers a compelling narrative about her life growing up as young girl trying to hide her big body and her even bigger opinions. As an adult, Lindy is still fighting, now against other comedians over their use of rape jokes and internet trolls harassing her for her ideas and her size.
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. This book can spur discussions about self-image and the barbarism on display in social media with those eager to abandon the most fundamental rules of critical engagement in a civil society.
Lindy West is an American writer, feminist, fat acceptance movement activist, and film criticism editor. West won the 2013 Women’s Media Center Social Media Award and was nominated for and won The Stranger’s Genius Award for books in 2016.