This isn't strictly a book club book but I had to post about it. I picked up this book because it was red and bright and on the top of the 'new non-fiction' section at my favourite New York bookstore. From the title, I was expecting one of those books with tips on how women can make themselves heard at work. I had never heard of Lindy West. Once I started reading, I realised pretty quickly that it was not one of those books, and I was three pages in before I badly wished that I had known Lindy West and her work long before picking up her memoirs.
Shrill - Notes from A Loud Woman, is a collection of autobiographical musings about so many things—the power of comedy (good and bad), walking away from a life-long passion because it's a boys club that fundamentally doesn't "get" you and the sometimes harsh reality of being a minority with a strong, hilarious voice.
It's funny, like real funny, and at times devastating. If it doesn't make you laugh, it will definitely make you think (some more) about big bodies, bold voices and the cost of a cheap laugh. Ladies, please read—you'll enjoy it. Gents, please, please read—you need it.
You should also check out Lindy on this episode of This American Life. She talks to a guy who trolled her online in the worst possible way about why he did it.