DietLand by Sarai Walker
This book is hilarious! I enjoyed this coming of age tale with a twist. By far the most enjoyable theme, for me, is the rebellious, defiant and most times destructive tone the activism took in this story.
I’ve never known how to answer the question of whether I’m a feminist or not. To me, it seemed almost like a political party, as if one would have to qualify by meeting a certain level of outrage. Beyond my own personal experiences and opinions, like most women, I have become an expert at numbing myself and being only vaguely aware of the every-day misogyny that surrounds us. As women we walk a fine line of constantly being accustomed to and ashamed of viewing the naked female body, at the same time. I don’t want you to think these heavy feminist topics take on so much of the book that the fictional novel is no longer enjoyable.
The author’s perception of the role of feminism and misogyny in the industries that she suggests is so enlightening and entertaining that it honestly could read alone as a non-fiction book on the subject, but the characters are so complex and loveable that you will not be disappointed.
In case you don’t currently have the book on hand, here are a few interesting discussion topics from the novel that may be interesting to bring up in a book club meeting or discussion of the novel:
- The girls that Plum writes to (Kitty’s girls) and their role in the overall story or the author’s interpretation.
- Jennifer’s representation in the media and the overall role of the media, in general.
- How the diet industry is potrayed.
I hope you enjoy the novel as much as I did!!! “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” –Vera Nazarian