An incredibly disturbing book. The stories are filled with wisdom and strength, but also self depreciation and loathing. I was most disturbed by Irvin Yalom's piece, both because it exposes the prejudices inherent in a physician, but also because the hate and disgust he feels towards obese women is intense. Is it ok to use a patient to confront one's own demons? This book of essays left me uncomfortable.
This is NOT a feel good book of stories about obese people having fulfilling lives. It is in parts crude, vulgar, and painful.