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You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia Rivenbark
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Aug 02, 2011

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So Celia Rivenbark is reasonably funny, I'll give her that. I feel like somewhere I've heard her compared to Dave Barry, and that seems pretty accurate to me. I enjoyed this more than the other comedy novels I've read recently -- My Booky Wook and Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea are the ones that come to mind. But it wasn't genius; she's no Erma Bombeck, who used to have me crying with laughter just by describing her adventures with wearing a girdle to the movie theater. Still, if you're looking for a really light, breezy, funny read in the style of a stand-up comic, you could do much worse than this.

My favorite part? Her asking David Sedaris to do a blurb for her book, because come on, it's the same genre! They're on the same side!

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