As we focus on ways to create and maintain community throughout the novel coronavirus quarantining and build a community that extends beyond real and imagined borders, we are starting a virtual book club for our authors and readers. Our first read will be Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison, a book that “takes on diet culture and the multi-billion-dollar industries that profit from it, exposing all the ways it robs people of their time, money, health, and happiness.”
We’d love for you to join us in the conversation about Anti-Diet. We’ll read one chapter a week, starting with Chapter One: The Roots of Diet Culture next week (Monday, April 13). We’ll post every Monday our thoughts and discussion about what we read and ask you to share your thoughts, responses (good and bad) in the comments or on social media during the week. If you have thoughts on the chapter you’d like us to include in the main post, just send your thoughts my way by Sunday evening through the contact page.
For everyone, including us at Contemporary Spinster, there is no obligation to participate in the book club every week (by making a comment or sending your thoughts to me in advance). Join in when you’d like or when you have something to say, and don’t worry about it if you get too busy to read a chapter or comment. This is a no pressure, come as you are, book club. In sum, read a chapter a week, comment every Monday on the weekly post, send me your comment by Sunday evening if you’d like your thoughts included in the post.
For our first read, we chose to read Anti-Diet to continue the conversation around diet culture and the ways in which our appearances dictate and are dictated by societal norms and judgment. Harrison asks, “If dieting is so clearly ineffective, why are we so obsessed with it?” and we’ll use that as a jumping off point for our conversation next week.
We hope you’ll join us and share your thoughts, reflections, criticisms, and kudos!