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Jenny Ruden has published short stories and essays in Nerve, Salon, Eclectica Magazine, Literary Mama and High Desert Journal. She won an Orlando award for creative nonfiction, was named a finalist in Glimmertrain’s short fiction contest, and has been nominated for the Pushcart prize two years in a row. She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Oregon and has worked with teenagers for many years as a teacher of Reading, Writing, and GED. She lives with her husband, two daughters, two basset hounds and cat in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She does a near-flawless impersonation of a normal person. Don’t be fooled. She’s a writer.

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Original and memorable essay. I am mother of two girls and we just started looking at training bras. My 10 year old said, "Do they come with boobs in them?" A great read! Looking forward to more of this wry author's observations.
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"Firstly: yes, this is a story of a fat girl going to fat camp. However, this story reads nothing like a hunky-dory "finding herself through weight loss" MTV story that got canceled after two seasons.

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"If you have ever been "fat" and had your family try to "help", a.k.a. blame, you, then this book is going to open up those wounds again. But it is not a sad book, it is joyful, at times slapstick and silly. This is about being true to yourself, be..." Read more of this review »
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"This book is funny, sure. It's has heartwarming moments, yup. Will Bethany upset you sure? However, this book is a reality. As someone who is 'fat' in the eyes of many I felt, at moments, that Bethany's voice was mine. She loves food, but who does..." Read more of this review »
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