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Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul
Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul
Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul
Audiobook7 hours

Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul

Written by Evette Dionne

Narrated by Evette Dionne

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

A poignant and ruthlessly honest journey through cultural expectations of size, race, and gender—and toward a brighter future—from National Book Award nominee Evette Dionne

My body has not betrayed me; it has continued rebounding against all odds. It is a body that others map their expectations on, but it has never let me down.

In this insightful, funny, and whip-smart book, acclaimed writer Evette Dionne explores the minefields fat Black woman are forced to navigate in the course of everyday life. From her early experiences of harassment to adolescent self-discovery in internet chatrooms to diagnosis with heart failure at age twenty-nine, Dionne tracks her relationships with friendship, sex, motherhood, agoraphobia, health, pop culture, and self-image.

Along the way, she lifts back the curtain to reveal the subtle, insidious forms of surveillance and control levied at fat women: At the doctor’s office, where any health ailment is treated with a directive to lose weight. On dating sites, where larger bodies are rejected or fetishized. On TV, where fat characters are asexual comedic relief. But Dionne’s unflinching account of our deeply held prejudices is matched by her fierce belief in the power of self-love.

An unmissable portrait of a woman on a journey toward understanding our society and herself, Weightless holds up a mirror to the world we live in and asks us to imagine the future we deserve.

Editor's Note

Unapologetic self-love…

Fatphobia is ingrained into our culture, argues Dionne, former editor-in-chief of Bitch Media and author of National Book Award finalist “Lifting as We Climb.” “Weightless” is a memoir of her experiences as a self-proclaimed fat Black woman, and an unapologetic critique of the institutions that foster fatphobia, including the media, healthcare, and politics. Dionne gives every reader — regardless of weight — permission to love ourselves and reject society’s demands of us.

Release dateDec 6, 2022
Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    One of the best books of 2023. Very poignant and important read
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I absolutely loved this book. I believe this book covers a lot of important topics and really help you understand fat phobia I’m society and how it can effect bigger people.

    I highly recommend this book.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I enjoyed her transparency and humor. I enjoyed the book in its entirety.
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Listen to this audiobook for more than twenty minutes and you'll start to find humorous, rather than whatever it was the author was going for.