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This Is Big

This Is Big

How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World -- and Me

The story of a cross-generational, beyond-the-grave and beyond-the-scale friendship, one that led to the first breakthrough Marisa Meltzer ever had in her quest for self-improvement.

Marisa Meltzer began her first diet at the age of 5. Growing up an indoors-loving child in Northern California, she learned from an early age that weight was the one part of her life she could neither change nor even really understand.

Fast forward nearly four decades. Marisa, a contributor to The New Yorker and the New York Times, comes across an obituary for Jean Nidetch, the Queens, NY housewife who founded Weight Watchers in 1963.

Weaving Jean’s incredible story as weight loss maven and pathbreaking entrepreneur with her own journey through Weight Watchers, Marisa chronicles the deep parallels, and enduring frustrations, in each woman’s decades-long efforts to lose weight and keep it off. The result is funny, unexpected, and unforgettable: a testament to how transformation might begin with weight, but it certainly never ends there.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

On Sale: April 14th 2020

Price: $14.99 / $18.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 7

ISBN-13: 9780316413992

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"For anyone who has ever felt defeated by food, betrayed by their own body, embarrassed for not only lacking the willpower to change their habits but also embarrassed by the desire to change their own body, Marisa Meltzer sees you, has written this book for you because she is you. While simultaneously delving into the history of the woman who started Weight Watchers and bravely and honestly examining her own complicated relationship with food and weight, Marisa has written a book that perfectly captures our country's obsession with THIN and the struggle with obesity at this moment in history."—Busy Philipps, author of This Will Only Hurt A Little
This is Big is a brave, bold, funny, honest, riveting book that made me have every kind of feeling in the world.—Jami Attenberg, author of All Grown Up
"This book was so good that I devoured it (with no guilt)! Meltzer shows us, through honesty, rawness and deep vulnerability, the complexities of living in a body that doesn't adhere to society's narrow beauty standards in an era that holds up body positivity as gospel."—Mara Altman, author of Gross Anatomy
"A witty and meaningful look at our obsession with weight and dieting; blending the story of the founder of Weight Watchers with her own saga, Marisa Meltzer crafts an amusing story with universal insights.''—Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - and the Journey of a Generation and Carrie Fisher; A Life On The Edge
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