Harriet Brown, author of Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight—and What We Can Do about It

Event date: 
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 6:00pm
Harriet Brown, author of Body of Truth

A Room of One's Own welcomes Harriet Brown for a reading from her important new book about our culture's unhealthy obsession with weight loss. Please join us for a reading, Q&A, and book signing on May 28th!

We hear all the time about weight gain, weight loss, how Americans are the heaviest we’ve ever been, and myriad plans for remedying our egregious fatness. And yet…what if a lot of what we’re told and what we believe simply isn’t true? Award-winning writer Harriet Brown set out to explore our relentless obsession with weight and thinness—with surprising results.

In Body of Truth, Brown tackles the myths and realities of the “obesity epidemic,” exposing the biggest lies driving the rhetoric of obesity. With provocative prose and razor-sharp wit, she gives historical and contemporary context for what it means to be “fat,” and offers ways for all of us to think about weight and health with more nuance, accuracy, and respect.

Harriet Brown is associate professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The author of the award-winning Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, she has written for the New York Times Magazine, O Magazine, Psychology Today, and Prevention, among others. Formerly from Madison, she now lives in Syracuse, New York.

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315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
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ISBN: 9780738217697
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - March 24th, 2015