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I Do It with the Lights On

I Do It with the Lights On
From the star of TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life and the YouTube sensation “A Fat Girl Dancing” comes an empowering memoir about letting go of your limitations and living the life you deserve. Right now. Whitney Way Thore stands five feet two inches tall and weighs well over three hundred pounds, and she is totally, completely, and truly . . . happy. But she wasn’t always the vivacious, confident woman you see on TV. Growing up as a dancer, Whitney felt the pressure to be thin, a desire that grew into an obsession as she got older. From developing an eating disorder as a teenager, to extreme weight gain in college, to her ongoing struggle with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Whitney reveals her fight to overcome the darkest moments in her life. She holds nothing back, opening up about the depths of her depression as well as her resilience in the face of constant harassment and mistreatment. Now Whitney is on top of the world and taking no BS (Body Shame, of course). And she’s [...]

Dwarf: A Memoir

Dwarf: A Memoir
Born with diastrophic dysplasia, a very rare form of dwarfism, Tiffanie DiDonato dreamed of living a normal life—of being able to reach the sink unassisted or even someday driving a car so she could have the independence so many of us take for granted. This courageous young woman underwent a series of radical surgeries that involved breaking bones and drilling dozens of pins into her limbs in the hope that her body would fill in the gaps. Incredibly, after years of grueling rehabilitation, Tiffanie grew an unprecendented fourteen inches, taking her from 3'8" to 4'10." Then, through a military networking site, the unexpected happened; Tiffanie met her future husband. A military daughter and now a marine's wife, Tiffanie didn't struggle alone, and Dwarf is a moving and at times funny testament to both her own courage and to her loving parents, who refused to let her settle.[...]

A Famous Dog's Life

A Famous Dog's Life
She walked the red carpet and traveled by limo and private jet. She befriended the hottest A-list celebrities and amassed millions of fans herself. And she loved every minute of it. Her name was Gidget. To the world she was the Taco Bell dog. Until now, no one has ever told the extraordinary story of this irresistible pup's charmed life, on-screen and off—from her acclimation into a new home and family to the studious training she loved. And finally to the television campaign that gave Gidget a voice, not to mention impeccable comic timing. Part celebrity bio and part Hollywood tell-all (from a pint-size perspective), Gidget's story is an illuminatingly human one as well, chronicling the work of Gidget's devoted trainer, Sue Chipperton, and their life together. Sue details the training techniques she uses for her TV and movie animals and how they apply to the training of everyone's pets. She reveals fascinating stories of working with Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt—and Moonie, Gidget's C[...]

Christian Siriano's Fierce Style

Christian Siriano's Fierce Style
Do you want the world to see you as ferosh? Now with FIERCE STYLE, you can discover from CHRISTIAN SIRIANO what it takes to look, feel, and act like the world is your runway. Here are his fearless tips on creating a personal style, complete with sources of inspiration, the inside scoop on shopping high-style and on a budget, and his list of dos and don'ts. He offers down-to-earth guidelines for building self-confidence and overcoming obstacles, such as "It's good to ask questions, but it's great to figure things out on your own." Along with helpful hints from some of fashion's and Hollywood's biggest names, his whimsical original sketches, and behind-the-scenes photos, he reveals personal stories of how he discovered his signature fashion sense and self-confidence. And if you're wondering exactly what "ferosh" means, just consult the Official CHRISTIAN SIRIANO Glossary in the back of the book. With FIERCE STYLE as your guide, you're on the way to goin from tickity-tack to abso[...]