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Tales From The Scale: Women Weigh in on Thunder-Thighs, Cheese Fries and Feeling Good at Any Size Paperback – 1 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Polka Dot Press (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593373287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593373283
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's the first law of fatness: Whenever you enter a room, you have to check out the competition and see if there is someone heftier than you are, and squeeze out a tiny bit of consolation." - excerpt from Tales from the Scale"

About the Author

Erin J. Shea's work has been published in many American magazines and newspapers. She has appeared on local breakfast television. Her Web site is www

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on 3 April 2008
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I loved this book and couldn't wait to get into bed each night to read a few more tales (yes, very sad, but there you go). It was like being with good friends, all telling our stories over a glass or two of wine, and I felt better after each story, knowing that I am not the only one who goes through life feeling like the Fat Girl (whether I am currently size 10 or size 16). I kept thinking "yes!!! that is exactly what it is like to be Fat", but the nice thing was being able to laugh with the women too. However, the stories also made me think hard about why my waistline goes in and out with the regularity of the tides. This was a comforting book, and I will certainly read it again - and keep it by my bed when I need something to inspire me to get back out there and sort myself out. It really helps, knowing there are so many other women with the same fantasies.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Must-read Tales 5 May 2005
By A. Smigiel - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you've ever been overweight, know and love someone who's overweight or ever looked at an overweight person and judged them to be something less than you, this is a book you must read.

These ladies are brutally honest, funny and poignant about their various experiences. And they are varied! Each of them have a unique perspective on the process of taking better care of your body and fitting in to those smaller jeans. You won't hear the same story twice and they all have something different to teach us. There is no set food plan or exercise routine that got them their success. In fact, they even disagree on things like the importance of the scale and whether or not Weight Watchers is the way to go. What they do agree on is that it's hard and it takes time.

I found myself laughing and crying, sometimes in the same paragraph. I practically sprained my neck nodding in agreement, too. Even if you have never struggled with your weight, you will see a piece of yourself in this book. I bet you've always wondered what was going through the mind of your daughter/wife/that girl you knew in college. How did they get that big? Why isn't it easy to just not overeat? Why does she wear such hideous shirts? The answers are inside and they will probably surprise you.

I feel like I should buy this book for everyone I know because between those covers is *me*. It was an amazing experience reading it and it reminded me I am not alone. I owe them all a debt of gratitude for making me laugh and cry, and most of all, giving me hope.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Interesting 7 April 2006
By BookAddict - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is an interesting, humorous look at the lives of women who have 'found their way out of Big Girl Town'. I identified with these women and I wish there were more books like this one. I found the humor was terrific. More than that though, this book is honest about why these women became overweight. There is also no self-pity in this book. "I find it hard to blame my parent's divorce for why twenty years later I am wolfing down Cheetos like it's my job and I am gunning for a promotion". Great book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Nice reality check 2 Oct. 2006
By Yes, More Books Please! - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's all here, folks. Want to know how truly discouraging it is to buy plus-size clothes? Ever wonder how scary and all-consuming (pun) an office birthday party feels? Wonder what goes on in the heart of the big girl that is everyone's friend and no one's romance? There is a lot of genuine stuff between the covers of this book, and it is a very fast read. Heartfelt and heartening.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 7 Feb. 2007
By Sondra C. Jarvis - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when I started my weight loss journey over a year ago. There were many things I laughed, cried, and agreed with. I am close to my weight goal and I have picked up the book and started reading it again because it is so good.

I have recommended it to many friends as well as recommending it during my Weight Watchers meeting. Anyone who has ever been overweight needs to get this book.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not that great 5 July 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Some of the writers were interesting. Their stories were somewhat realistic and understandable while the others were just lacking. While some of it was inspirational, most made you feel flushed, frustrated and annoyed at times reading their stories. I don't know, maybe because I'm larger than two of the contributors who made the 188 sound like SUCH a morbid ordeal, it kind of annoyed me more than anything. Pick it up at your local library if they carry it, or skim it in the bookstore before you buy it.
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