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Publisher's Summary

By the author of Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls and a heroine of the body image movement, an intimate, gutsy memoir about being a fat woman

Jes Baker burst onto the body positivity scene when she created her own ads mocking Abercrombie & Fitch for discriminating against all body types - -a move that landed her on the Today show and garnered a loyal following for her raw, honest, and attitude-filled blog missives.

Building on the manifesta power of Things, this memoir goes deeply into Jes' inner life, from growing up a fat girl to dating while fat. With material that will have readers laughing and crying along with Jes' experience, this new book is a natural fit with her irreverent, open-book style.

A deeply personal take, Landwhale is a glimpse at life as a fat woman today, but it's also a reflection of the unforgiving ways our culture still treats fatness, all with Jes' biting voice as the guide.

©2018 Jes Baker (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Jes Baker's words are ointment for the soul. I want to give this book to every person who's ever struggled with their body and its place in this world. Read this book. Thank me later." (Julie Murphy, number one New York Times best-selling author of Dumplin’')

"It's tempting to call Jes Baker 'fearless,' but to do so would diminish her profound capacity for vulnerability and, by extension, her strength. The thing that makes Jes such a force is that she is so brave, so funny, so blazing, so herself, even in the face of fear. I do not know what we would do without her." (Lindy West, New York Times best-selling author of Shrill)

"With the perfect tidal wave of humor and candid emotion, Jes once again shows me how to not only love my own body, but every body around me, as well. It's as if she's written Landwhale about the daily complicated love affair I have in my skin, and I'll never stop reading it. All women, at all stages of their journey, must read this book!" (Brittany Gibbons, New York Times best-selling author of Fat Girl Walking and The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat)?)

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Raw, honest & so needed<br />

I appreciate Jes Baker's candor, raw honesty & willingness to discuss body image. Thank you.

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Perfect dichotomous pitch

I began reading Landwhale relaxing in a bathtub. As I read I wept, I laughed, I wanted crawl out my skin and scream in celebration from the proverbial mountaintop. Jes’s narrative spoke to so many nuanced aspects of my life. I found listening to the book gave me a deeper appreciation for her uncanny wit and profoundly intentional scaffolding. Jes speaks to the inner workings of living in a fat body threaded with the life altering exhaustion that comes with living out loud on public forums for the sake of personal and social impact. She did a beautiful job of bridging intersectional analysis in ways that invited a more universal understanding of oppression. I cannot recommend This book enough. I hope those who live in more normative bodies choose to read it, they and the world will be better for it!

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Loved!

I loved this book! I related to so many of the different topics that Jes talks about and I loved how honest and open she is throughout the book with her personal struggles. I highly recommend this book!

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Jes Baker Strikes Again - My Heroine!

I ate this book up! Jes Baker is smart, funny, educated and completely enthralling. This book not only would appeal to a plus-sized woman but to anyone that likes to read a story about a fascinating person and experience. That said, if you aren't plus-sized, Jes Baker will make you wish you were JUST LIKE HER because she's AWESOME.

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relatable on all levels from one fatty to another❤

Finding body liberation within the last year has changed my life in so many ways. This book is raw and truthful and relatable and amazing! Thank you Jes Baker for being a leader and using your brilliant brain and writing skills to share your stories!

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Landwhale is a must read

Jes Baker gets to the heart of things with so much humor and honesty that you feel like you're chatting with a best friend over coffee and donuts. I'd say this is a must read for anyone "of size", but it really should be a must read for everyone. There's so much to learn and work through and feel through in these pages.

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A definite must-read!

Jes is undoubtedly my favourite auther! Her honesty and vulnerability is so refreshing and she is truly the most inspirational person I have ever come across! Her work has me both crying and laughing simultaneously and will recommend her books to everybody and anybody!

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A memoir about many of us.

I feel as though I just sat down with this woman (that I had never heard of before this book) and had a 3 day conversation.
We laughed, we cried, & I learned alot about myself through her naked honesty.
I think I've came out a better person. I am able to put words now to things I felt yet struggled to express to anyone.
It's crazy I'm about 20 years older than her & still so much resonated!

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I found myself crying at work...

I don't normally write reviews, but I had to. Jes is an amazing human being, and I'll be forever grateful she thrust her heart, soul and humor into the universe. Because I listened to the audio book, I found myself crying at work during a particularly relatable chapter. The tears were probably long overdue, but consider yourself warned just the same. ;)

Aside from some much needed emotional catharsis, most of the book is very uplifting and inspiring. She says that sharing herself and her story has largely been a powerful experience. I think watching her be so vulnerable, open and honest about her struggles and achievements is powerful too... at least it was for me. I suspect it will be for you too.

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Everyone needs to read this!

I listened to this entire book as I drove across the country. I cried and laughed and cherished every single word that was written by this revolutionary vulnerable human.

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  • Jenna Daku
  • 08-03-18

A must read if you’re trying to heal your relationship with your body

I’ve always been a fan of Jes Baker, but her memoir is truly spectacular. It had me laughing out loud, and crying, as she described in detail her experiences of living in a fat body, learning to embrace body liberation, her experience of body shaming and weight stigma, the internet trolls that have tried (unsuccessfully) to tear her down, love, PCOS, and life. And despite all of the abuse and hardships she’s experienced throughout her life, and living in her body, she seems to have processed any bitterness and rage and chooses instead to embody kindness for herself and others- and for that I’ve got mad respect. She shows how the most important thing we’ve got in this life is the relationship we have with ourselves - something that I strive to help my psychotherapy clients with every single day. Landwhale is a beautifully written example of the perils of weight stigma and fat phobia, how it permeates everything from public transportation to Harry Potter World, and what can be done to heal if you’re at the receiving end <3 So much love for this book, and for Jes. Girl, hit me up if you’re ever in London and I’d love to buy you a vodka tonic xx - Jenna

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  • Ms. F. Ford
  • 09-04-18

Liberating game changer

This vital book joins the dots between fatphobia, body liberation, mental health, diet culture and self care, and it does so with humour and generosity. Nothing else I have read brings as much vulnerability, nuance and complexity to these topics. Jes's humanity shines through and it is an honour to hear her reading her own words exactly as she meant them when she wrote them. Fierce wit and a beautifully fresh and honest style make difficult topics accessible, and I love how the book places all the issues in the wider political frameworks of sexism, racism, ageism and ableism that are also harmful and detrimental to our fundamental humanity. This book is wise and kind, like its author, and reading it was full of laughter, tears and moments of recognition and recovery. Amazing.

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  • 08-07-18

it's amazing and inspiring- every word!

I love every word that jes has to say! shes real in every minute of this book. it's so good to have feel strong and positive women in the world. jm so glad I'm now part of the body positive network!