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Fatty Fatty Boom Boom

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If you know Rabia Chaudry from her Twitter feed or her tireless advocacy work on behalf of Adnan Syed, you know how lovely she is. You get to meet her whole extended family in "Fatty Fatty Boom Boom," a story about the Pakistani immigrant experience and how food is at the center of it all, though this coming-of-age journey will also be relatable to anyone who has struggled with their weight or just feeling out of control of their own body. I will add a TRIGGER WARNING for ED and a few scenes of abuse, though Chaudry mercifully doesn't go into details regarding the latter. If you find yourself craving some of the delectable dishes she describes in the book, you're in luck; there is an addendum with several recipes. 

The book was delightful, and I finished it in a couple of days.
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Fascinating book, very detailed and clearly written.  I appreciated the deep look at the writer's culture and how it impacted perceptions of gender and body image. My only quibble is the title which didn't seem to really fit the novel and was perhaps too comical for the tone of the narrative.
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Your new favorite memoir has arrived! Chaudry, best selling author of Adnan’s Story, returns with her own story of growing up in America after her parents immigrated from Pakistan in the 1970’s. Beginning with her parents arranged marriage and continuing to their eventual move to the States, Chaudry documents how her parents embraced the American way of eating – food was fast, cheap, plentiful…and fattening. In an effort to make her sickly daughter appear more healthy, Chaudry’s mother fed her half and half in her baby bottle and let her gnaw on sticks of butter when she was teething. Chaudry quickly went from being a tiny child to a very large one, leading one of her relatives in Pakistan to ask her how many Americans she had eaten. This book was so engrossing, I couldn’t put it down, from Chaudry’s mother’s struggle against a culture that would force her into an arranged marriage to the tremendous cultural challenges she and her family face in an increasingly xenophobic America. Highly recommended
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