The Carbon Diaries 2015: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

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The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci LloydIn 2015 the UK becomes the pilot country for a program to ration carbon in an attempt to stave of the catastrophic climate change that has already lead to super storms and other natural disasters.

Laura Brown uses her diary to make sense of the chaos and keep herself sane in this strange new landscape with minimal heat, carbon ration cards, blackouts and worse.

With everything changes so quickly, will Laura and her family make it through their first year of rationing? Will the coutnry? Only time will tell in The Carbon Diaries 2015 (2008) by Saci Lloyd.

The Carbon Diaries 2015 is Lloyd’s first book about Laura Brown’s experiences with carbon rationing. The story continues in The Carbon Diaries 2017.

Originally published in 2008, The Carbon Diaries 2015 has only become more timely and plausible in 2015. That said, there is something very on the nose in reading…

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When They Say “War on Obesity” I Hear “Casualties”

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Twenty-one year old Eloise Perry bought diet pills on the internet.  The pills are believed to contain dinitrophenol, also known as DNP.  The UK government had warned people about taking pills with DNP because it is very dangerous. The pills killed her. Many people are outraged because “she wasn’t even fat.”  I am outraged at the idea that her size would matter.

At the age of 32, Christina Mettias was pushed by her doctor to have Weight Loss Surgery. She was in perfect health and didn’t meet any of the criteria for having the surgery – including the ratio of weight and height – but her doctor scared her into having the surgery.  After 14 additional surgeries to correct the problems that landed her in intensive care for three months, she still suffers from painful abdominal scar tissue, daily vomiting, chronic eating problems and intolerance to oral…

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What To Do When You See Fat or Food Shaming

As a youth services librarian, I’ve seen fat shaming, slut shaming and all other types of bullying. I don’t stand for it because children need to be taught better. I remember I was doing a third grade class visit–the most lovely group of cherubs, really. One of the girls, looked very sad during the tour. When I asked her what was wrong, she told me that one of her classmates had called her “fat.” I said with a smile: That’s okay. I am fat too. Fat is just a word. It just means the opposite of skinny. Just like you’re tall and that little girl is short. It isn’t bad. The little girl hugged me. The other kids started murmuring in agreement. No one had told them this before.

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What a Load of CrapA common question I get from readers, including fat people and thin people who want to work in solidarity with fat people is how to intervene when they see fat shaming, or food shaming (or really any kind of shaming) happen.  Recently a reader asked about this situation:

I was wondering if you had any advice about what to do if you see someone else being shamed in that way, particularly children, who cannot easily stick up for themselves. As an example (and definitely not an isolated incident in my fat-phobic family): Several months ago, I was at a gathering with family and friends, and my SIL said to a child (not her own, a family friend), “Do you really need two of those?” (I think they were sliders or something like that.) The girl replied, “I always have two.” And my SIL said in an exasperated tone, “Alright, if…

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That New Fit and Fat Study

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DefendThere’s yet another study that claims to prove that you can’t maintain a fat body and “good health” (at least by one definition of health.)  There are a bunch of problems with the study and the way that it is being portrayed in the media.  It uses BMI, it’s a tiny sample size, and they didn’t look at behaviors or fitness at all, the reporting about it treats correlation and causation as if they are the same thing.

The study looked at metabolic health markers over time, but didn’t look at behaviors. That’s a problem because the studies that do exist show that behaviors are a much better predictors of future health so it doesn’t make much sense to study body size and health without factoring in behaviors, but people just keep doing it – either because they don’t care since they know that it will get lots…

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Saving Francesca: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

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Saving Francesca coverFirst of all, a belated happy Christmas to anyone who celebrates and a vague happy holidays and/or winter to those who do not. While looking for a book to review this week, I was slightly startled by how long it took me to find a suitable chick lit book–it seems that I have not been reading many of them lately. Happily I realized that I still had a ton to review from earlier reading. Yay for goodreads.com which reminded me of this fact!

On to the review:

Saving Francesca (2005) is Melina Marchetta’s second novel. Marchetta lives in Australia and, as her name might suggest, belongs to the community of Italian immigrants who now call Australia home. Marchetta’s first novel, Looking for Alibrandi was greeted with widespread critical acclaim and is now a standard part of Australian school curricula (meaning that Marchetta, a teacher, has to often teach her own…

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A seven year-old takes on National Adoption Month, Gotcha Day, and generally tells it like it is

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The following is from my seven year-old daughter. We came up with the questions together but the answers are 100% hers.

What does it feels like to be adopted?

I like being adopted because I enjoy where I am but I do have some sad moments. That is normal but those sad moments are hard. It feels like my heart is a puzzle and there is a piece missing that is missing because I am not in Ethiopia. Some of the puzzle pieces that are here are my grandmother, my mama, our dog, my grandmother’s dog, our two fish that passed away, and my friends, and family-friends.

Sometimes I feel like I don’t belong here. When I’m having a hard time I scream in a pillow sometimes. I cry and kick the backseat of the car. When that happens I’m thinking “I don’t belong here but I’m here. I don’t…

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The Magpie Librarian: A Librarian's Guide to Modern Life and Etiquette

Right after I got hired by my library, I went to my first big library staff meeting. Another hire and I were introduced to the other librarians and there was applause. “See?” the presenter said, “We hire new people sometimes!” Cue the nervous laughter. I didn’t understand it at the time, but I later came to realize that our system wasn’t going to be hiring any new librarians in the near future. This other librarian and I were the last two full time (non-grant funded) librarian hires. That was almost four years ago. Now, my system has over 200 library worker vacancies that we can’t afford to fill. And that’s just in my borough alone. People who graduated from library school just several months after I did, regardless of how talented or smart or deserving they were, could not find a public service library job in NYC. If I had…

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The Magpie Librarian: A Librarian's Guide to Modern Life and Etiquette

I love browsing in the Arts and Music section of my library. I don’t do it often, only on Saturdays where I have to work. I’m a cranky Saturday worker and farting around in A+M usually lifts my spirits. I never go up there with a specific kind of book in mind, but I always end up back in the Youth Wing with several titles under my arm.

Recently, I discovered From Girls to Grrlz: A History of [Female] Comics from Teens to Zines. It’s a pretty comprehensive look at women’s and girls’ comics that were made in 1941 all the way up to the 1990s. Did you know that Stan Lee (whom I mostly associate with Spider-Man) also created women’s comics in his earlier days? You did? Well, look at you. I didn’t know that.

This is a perfect book for reading on the reference desk, where you constantly…

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