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After her husband leaves her for a skinnier, blonder, younger, (better?) woman, Amye Archer is forced to confront the food addiction that has been holding her back for most of her life and has left her weighing two hundred and sixty-five pounds. With the help of the gang of girls of Weight Watchers, and their fearless leader —former fatty and community college dropout—Pantsuit Pam, Amye spends the next year losing weight and learning to live in a skinny (er) woman’s body. Only being skinny is not as easy as it looks, especially when inside, she will always be a fat girl. Fat Girl, Skinny is Amye’s story, but it’s also the story of anyone who has ever been told: “You’d be pretty…if”.

Fat Girl, Skinny

  • “Amye Archer has a completely original and fresh voice, and she tells a painfully familiar story with style, wit, and devastating honesty. If you read the first page you will not be able to stop. I loved this book.”

    ~ Abigail Thomas, Safekeeping, A Three Dog Life, What Comes Next and How to Like It


    “Anyone who's ever been a few pounds overweight, had self-esteem issues, love troubles, or a bad relationship–in other words every woman I know–will see herself in Amye Archer's story. With sass and wisdom, Archer brings us on her bumpy ride towards a slimmer body and a happier soul. I laughed, I cried, and my jaw dropped from the virtuosity of the writing."

    ~ Beverly Donofrio, Riding in Cars with Boys, Looking for Mary, Astonished.


    “Don't dare pick this book up, unless you have four or five hours to spare. Archer's funny prose would be enough to grab the reader; but it's her insight into the human psyche that holds on and won't let go. We are rooting for her from page 1, even when her motives are totally cringe inducing. What more could we want in a memoir?”

    ~ Martha Frankel, Executive Director of Woodstock Writers Festival and host of Woodstock Writers Radio

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