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Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs
by Cheryl Peck
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Warner, 2004 (2004)
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* * *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

After years of Cheryl Peck's friends telling her to write down her hilarious stories, she finally listened and compiled them into this book, Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs. She relates events from her life growing up in Michigan with five younger siblings, as well as her adventures as a 300+ pound lesbian woman in the American midwest.

The author's unique perspective and vivid imagination give life and an extra measure of humor to each of the essays. One, entitled 'Staring at the Light,' is written from the point of view of her cat, Babycakes, as he watches his master. 'His mommy is playing with the light machine again. She is not down in the kitchen, stirring Babycakes' food ... From time to time she wiggles her fingers around the board, making funny little clicking noises, and other times she just stares.' The entire essay is laugh-out-loud funny as the cat watches the author use her computer.

Stories talk about her childhood, her parents, working out at the gym - things to which every reader can relate. Cheryl Peck's obvious love and admiration for her parents and siblings shines through each account. I find myself unable to choose a favorite essay. I read so much out loud to my husband that he can probably count himself as having read the book. The essays are short enough to read quickly on the go, but they are like potato chips - once you start you won't be able to stop.

I urge readers to treat themselves to this treasure. If your life is in need of a bit more laughter, or maybe you just want to know why Cheryl Peck doesn't care for cows, then Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs will make your day.

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