Thursday, May 20, 2010

Book Review: Moose, by Stephanie Klein

Do you know about Stephanie Klein?
She's quite well-known in the blog world, but if you are not so blog-obsessed, you may not have seen her work.  When I first stumbled upon her blog, Greek Tragedy, I felt certain that I must actually know this person, her life seemed so familar to me.  Like me, she's Jewish but part of a multi-ethnic and religious family, she grew up outside of New York City, she loves herself a dirty martini, and she's a mom.  And like me, she struggled with her weight as a child and young adolescent, and that struggle has defined her life and her perception of herself even to this day.  Her second book, Moose, is about this struggle, and I'd like to declare it a perfect beach read.

Klein's writing style is blisteringly honest, a little racy, a tad crude, and completely relatable.  If you ever faced a struggle with your body image or weight (and, let's face it, sadly most women have), you'll cringe and cackle with recognition at her tales of attending 'fat camp' as a 12-year-old.  She gets that tender, adolescent voice down to a tee and puts you right back in those very awkward shoes.  And if you're in your early 30s, as both she and I are, you'll love the late 80s pop-culture references as well... from those ridiculous slouchy socks we used to wear with boxers (why???) to the awful music we were all rocking out to at the time (although I still have a soft spot for Wham and A-ha).  This was a book I literally couldn't put down... I finished it in 3 days flat, which is no small feat for me these days.  And you have to love someone who is willing to put her "fat camp before picture" out there for the public to see. 
Klein is brave, flawed and, above all, hilarious. If you're looking for some quality poolside reading, look no further.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! This sounds like a great read!!