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Body Positive Books Roundup

Add These Body Positive Books to Your Library

Looking for a way to introduce someone in your life to body positivity? Here are some books everyone needs to read. Whether you want something deeply personal, light and uplifting, or just fun to look at, there’s a book on this list for everyone.

The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce
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The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce

You don’t have to be a young adult to get a lot out of this YA anthology, edited by Angie Manfredi. With 30 diverse contributors, including Samantha Irby, Jes Baker, Rachel Abellar, Ady Del Valle, and a certain Chubstr Editor, The stories, essays, artwork and prose shared in the book offer something for everyone. $10.99 Amazon / $13.50 Powell’s

Notoriously Dapper: How to Be a Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style, and Body Confidence

Notoriously Dapper, by Kelvin Davis

Notoriously Dapper’s Kelvin Davis is a blogger, model, and writer who wants to redefine the modern gentleman. His book, Notoriously Dapper: How to be A Modern Gentleman with Manners, Style and Body Confidence covers manners, dating, building friendships, and body confidence for men. “The definition of a gentleman from back in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s isn’t really relevant to who we are now. I wanted to offer a modern-day version of that,” said Davis. Find out for yourself. $13.59 Amazon / $19.95 Powell’s

Body Love: A Fat Activism Colouring Book, by Allison Tunis

Allison Tunis gathered up the coolest body positive folks and turned them into illustrations for Body Love: A Fat Activism Colouring Book. This colouring book features icons and activists from the Body Positivity movement and shows the talent, beauty, and overall fabulousness of some amazing fat activists! Amazon $11.43

Jes Baker

Landwhale, by Jes Baker

Readers will identify with so many of the experiences Jes Baker shares in her memoir. It’s a no-holds barred look at her life before and after becoming a fat activist. As mentioned in last year’s review of the book, “[Baker] gives readers a look at every facet of her life, from growing up fat, to the trials and tribulations of dating and finding love, to success and failure in the public eye. This book is a real account of the highs and lows of Jes Baker’s life, sharing a few stories that most people would want to hide away and forget.” $8.79 Amazon / $10.95 Powell’s

Big Big Love

Big Big Love, Revised: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them), by Hanne Blank

Ever had a question around plus size sex and relationships? Sure, we all have! Hanne Blank’s book takes an honest look at just about everything you can think of related to the subjects and gives you answers to the questions you’ve been afraid to ask. From making peace with your body, to the best positions, Big Big Love covers it all. $11.99 Amazon / $10.95 Powell’s

More Books You Need to Read

There are a lot of other great books out there that need to be on your list. Here’s a few more you should consider:

Samantha Irby we are never meeting in real life

We Are Never Meeting IRL, by Samantha Irby

This essay collection from the “bitches gotta eat” blogger, writer on Hulu’s Shrill, and “one of our country’s most fierce and foulmouthed authors” (Amber Tamblyn, Vulture) is sure to make you alternately cackle with glee and cry real tears. $10.89 Amazon / $10.95 Powell’s

Shrill, by Lindy West

You’ve seen the Hulu series of the same name, starring Aidy Bryant, right? This is the memoir that the series was adapted from. $8.29 Amazon / $9.98 Powell’s

Hunger, by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. This book should absolutely be on your reading list. $8.99 Amazon / $11.95 Powell’s

The Body is Not an Apology, by Sonya Renee Taylor

The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. $11.49 Amazon / $12.50 Powell’s

Fat!So! Marilyn Wann

FAT!SO!, by Marilyn Wann

Here’s the book you should start with: In this hilarious and eye-opening book, fat and proud activist/zinester Marilyn Wann takes on Americas’ biggest fear—worse than the fear of public speaking or nuclear weapons—our fear of fat. $12.34 Amazon / $9.50 Powell’s

Tess Holliday Book

The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl: Loving the Skin You’re In, by Tess Holliday

Tess Holliday shares her story, tips and inspiration to help you feel good in your own skin. $9.98 Amazon / $26 Powell’s

Lessons From the Fat-o-sphere, by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby

An empowering guide to body image for everyone, Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby have written a book to help readers achieve admiration for or at least a truce with their bodies.. $11.67 Amazon / $7.95 Powell’s

Body of truth, by harriet brown

Body of Truth, by Harriet Brown

How did we get to this place where the worst insult you can hurl at someone is “fat”? Where women and girls (and increasingly men and boys) will diet, purge, overeat, undereat, and berate themselves and others, all in the name of being thin? This book looks at society’s obsession with weight and thinness. $15.38 Amazon / $16.99 Powell’s

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