Frances Kuffel

PASSING FOR THIN, EATING ICE CREAM WITH MY DOG and LOVE SICK

Interviews with Frances for ANGRY FAT GIRLS/EATING ICE CREAM WITH MY DOG

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The trade paperback has been repackaged from the hardcover,ANGRY FAT GIRLS

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on ANGRY FAT GIRLS (now EATING ICE CREAM WITH MY DOG):

Columnist, poet and short story writer Kuffel spent 42 years morbidly overweight before losing 188 pounds, which she chronicled in 2004’s Passing for Thin: Losing Half My Weight and Finding My Self. In this follow-up, she recounts the story of gaining back half of that weight and beginning anew her struggle to find herself, this time with the help of an online “Angry Fat Girls” club, including four other women who have each learned the same disheartening lesson: “nobody who gets thin gets rid of their problems.” Kuffel’s narrative of rededication is a skilled blend of insight (the psychology of being overweight, the “literary paradigms of the chubby heroine”) and emotion (“It is a lonely state, the fat woman and the food and her groaning, aching, widening body”) that never flags in intimacy, honesty, or compassion. With keen humor and disarming skill, Kuffel introduces readers to the most private moments of the five women, whose addictive relationships with food make regular nourishment a constant nightmare of temptation. Though separated for most of the story, the members of the club eventually meet up in New York City for a conclusion that should prove unforgettable for anyone who has struggled with self esteem or addiction issues. (February, 2010)


Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, Oregon says:

Frances Kuffel's Angry Fat Girls is kind of like Bridget Jones's Diary, only instead of one flailing, fictional Brit, there are five real Americans. Take that crumpet lovers! (My favorite byte so far!)

msnbc catches my wave (but I, apparently, was toweling off on the beach)


Advance Reviews for EATING ICE CREAM WITH MY DOG (formerly, ANGRY FAT GIRLS)

“Another in-your-face title is ANGRY FAT GIRLS: 5 Women, 500 Pounds, and a Year of Losing It…Again by Frances Kuffel. Kuffel wrote Passing for Thin, a memoir about a midlife weight loss of 188 pounds, only to begin regaining the weight before the book was even published. Angry Fat Girls grew out a blog she wrote with four other women in the same situation. The title may be sassy, and Kuffel does have a witty way with words, but the text itself is moving and honest.”

- from "You Kiss Your Nutritionist with that Mouth," PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, December 7, 2009


Endorsements for EATING ICE CREAM WITH MY DOG (formerly, ANGRY FAT GIRLS)

A wake-up call to anyone who believes that weight management is a quick and easy feat. It's not. And Kuffel's greatest gift is a blast of hopeful reality for any brave reader ready to take herself on and honestly face her own food and weight demons.

- Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, Chief Medical Correspondent for Discovery Health Channe and author of FIGHT FAT AFTER FORTY

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ANGRY FAT GIRLS is about women, weight loss, body image, and what did and did not learn growing up fat, and why losing weight -- and keeping it off -- is so hard. This is not Valerie Bertinelli in a bikini, promising that is she can do it, you can; this is about "serial relapsers" and why my cat knows how to eat ice cream of a spoon. This book is honest, true, and occasionally very funny.

- Cheryl Peck, author of FAT GIRLS AND LAWN CHAIRS