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3.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 53.12 out of 5 3.12 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Moore Narrator: Carol Monda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9781440743320
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“I am fat,” begins Judith Moore’s unflinching account of her life. As she describes her obsessions with food, struggles with self image and troubled relationships, she refuses to become an object of pity. Moore is the recipient of two NEA grants and a Guggenheim fellowship. Her previous book, also a memoir, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A slap-in-the-face of a book—courageous, heartbreaking, fascinating, and darkly funny.”

    Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors

  • “Judith Moore grabs the reader by the collar, and shakes up our notion of life in the fat lane.”

    David Sedaris, New York Times bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day

  • “Brilliant and angry and unsettling—there has never been a book like Fat Girl.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Moore…employs her edgy, refreshingly candid voice to tell the story of a little girl who weighed 112 pounds in second grade…As relentless as this catalogue of beatings, humilation, and self-loathing can be, it’s tolerable—even inspiring in places—because Moore pulls it off without a glimmer of self-pity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Poignant, deeply felt, remarkably funny, Moore’s memoir will resonate with anyone who’s ever lived with self-hatred.”

    Booklist

  • A 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Bonacci | 2/17/2014

    " Wow. This was difficult to read but I couldn't stop myself. It amazes me how some kids get treated. I certainly had a great life and didn't appreciate it enough. (Thanks Mom.) The few people who treated this girl well were heroes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kruft | 2/17/2014

    " excellent read- everyone, no matter what your size, should read this to truly understand what overweight people go through. Very personal, honest & a great book club pick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 2/14/2014

    " Hmm. I just finished the book this morning. I dont' quite know what to say. I did like it. It is very honest, but it definitely brought up some bad memories for me, and it didn't leave me with many good feelings, except for admiring Moore's straightforward, completely unsentimental approach. I think I would call this book an antidote to the kind of memoir that wraps things up nicely, or puts clear distance between the author and past experiences. In a way it's similar to "The Last Time I Wore a Dress" because it's just a straight-forward recounting of experiences and actions. Whereas in "The Glass Castle" the author seems to be shaking her head ruefully, looking back at her crazy life with a little self-deprecating laugh, but it's very clear that's all in the past and now she's a fabulous, beautiful New Yorker. Moore makes it VERY CLEAR right up front that it's not a "I've overcome my difficulties!" or "I'm come to peace with my past!" or some kind of heroic or touching memoir at all. She makes it very clear that she was unlikable and remains rather unlikable, and she doesn't even like herself all that much. Which I think I admire in some bizarre way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Meyers | 2/10/2014

    " You guys, I wouldn't recommend this to everyone. I found it...engrossing, but there are some crudities that may put some people off. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Candice | 2/4/2014

    " Just awful. I can't even finish this one. Trust me, I've tried MANY times to get through this book but the constant whining and woe is me bullshit.... NO. I just can't do it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 1/22/2014

    " This book, mostly a recounting of the author's youth, was harsh, yet poignant at times. It certainly is not a hook to read over a meal! Despite the way food is lushly described, the stark images of obesity swiftly turned even those beautiful descriptions into nausea. I did enjoy reading it, though, Brief and powerful, it certainly was a unique sort of memoir. While ultimately depressing, the word choices carried no small amounts of beauty. And though her audience is told that it is too late to love her, you can't help but feel like she has become someone you know well over the course of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/21/2014

    " So, so hard to read! It's intense, sad, disgusting, real-but I just kept cheering for this little girl! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carri | 1/20/2014

    " Story of my life D: "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/31/2013

    " It truly was a three and a half...I wish you could give half stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/31/2013

    " "When you are fat, you are fat every day. But you do not feel fat everyday. You look fat to everyone who looks at you, and yet you are surprised that they see you as fat" - Judith Moore...Very frank and honest story of a woman, and life challenges. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiff | 12/16/2013

    " This book is funny and heart-wrenching but I think my bewilderment of how someone can love food so much to offer such admiration and description just turned me off. But I will say that that was the only reason I gave it 3 stars and not 4 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belen | 11/23/2013

    " Coming of Age in Oklahoma, via New York City. Loved her clear-eyed, unsparing view of herself. Sometimes wallows in self-loathing, but not so much that her story isn't told, and there's great humor in her matter-of-factness. Like in Felices Dias Tio Sergio, her gay uncle was a life raft. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/30/2013

    " brutal honestly about the isolation a child - and adult - experiences due to her family's and society's discomfort and disgust with obesity "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronnie | 5/31/2013

    " This was a difficult book for me to read. Having struggled with my weight for my entire life, I have found myself in many simlilar situations. I liked it, but it made me a little angry towards todays super-skinny driven society. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie (julie37619) | 4/30/2013

    " I just finished this book less than a week ago and I already forgot the ending. It was moderately entertaining, but overall I couldn't relate, which may be while I forgot it right away. It was funny in parts and sad in parts, but just not overall memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shayna | 3/6/2013

    " OMG, this is a killer. You'll cringe and feel guilty and sad and pissed off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 2/27/2013

    " I kept waiting for something to happen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 8/6/2012

    " Brilliantly written, but I only gave it two stars because it's so bleak that I'd only choose to read it once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josette | 6/22/2012

    " This is hard to read because it is so honest. But it's excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn Kitty | 3/8/2012

    " Fat Girl was a disappointment. The first page drew me right in, but the rest of the book, which doesn't take long to get through, was almost boring. Depressing and dreary as well. I could not believe how much this woman focused on food! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie Wagner | 12/18/2011

    " At first I thought this book was kind of funny. But then it just got boring... She talks about one thing nonstop: that she is fat. There is nothin else to the story at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanna | 9/1/2011

    " Meh. The pacing is really inconsistent in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 8/15/2011

    " this was a very simple memoir but a moving one. i liked it because she doesn't ask for you to become a fat activist, she doesn't try and make you feel sorry for her, she just asks you to keep her company as she tells this story of her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jade Garrison | 6/21/2011

    " The writing was delectable. The story moving and sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 6/18/2011

    " This book is about a woman's difficult childhood with unloving parents and a cruel society that doesn't accept people who are "different." I think Moore is a great writer and would love to read more of her books/writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/9/2011

    " An intense quick read. Sad and honest and worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jade | 2/17/2011

    " This book really let you see what it was like to be fat, but it was a hard book to get into. I didnt start liking it till like page 100. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 2/10/2011

    " Please let this jump start my gym routine... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/3/2011

    " This book was true- there was a mother out there that was pure evil. Once again it astounds me how a we need to fill out applications to get a dog but that any person can be a parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tavie | 2/1/2011

    " Short one - too short - I devoured in a day, and wept as I read. Heartbreaking, powerful and familiar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magnadea | 10/3/2010

    " A very forthright and honest book about growing-up and being fat; about the emptiness a fat kid is trying to fill with food. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walthree | 9/14/2010

    " It was a quick read. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 8/31/2010

    " Read for a Feminist Reading Culture Class, but I'm glad I did. Definitely exposed a lot of feelings and dade me very grateful for my life. "

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About the Author

Judith Moore, recipient of two National Endowments for the Arts and a Guggenheim fellowship, is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Never Eat Your Heart Out, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Moore is the books editor and senior editor for the San Diego Reader and lives in Berkeley, California.

About the Narrator

Carol Monda is an award-winning actor known for her work in Out of Season, After You Left, and The Gentlemen. She is an accomplished voice-over artist and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, having lent her voice to over one hundred audiobooks, including New York Times bestsellers by Jodi Picoult, Lucia Berlin, Lisa Jackson, Chuck Palahniuk, Colum McCann, and Carla Neggers.