Frisky Readers Share Their Book Recommendations!
Jessica Wakeman / June 29, 2011
Feeding Desire: Fatness, Beauty, and Sexuality Among a Saharan People & War
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OK, so it was a textbook for an anthropology class I took in college, but it also might be the only required reading I actually completed. In Feeding Desire: Fatness, Beauty, and Sexuality Among a Saharan People, by Rebecca Popenoe, explores the beauty ideals of semi-nomadic Moors in the Sahara desert who, for centuries, have idealized and eroticized extreme fatness. The stark contrast to our own Western ideal of thinness as beauty made it a fascinating read from the start, and I was drawn in even deeper as the author investigated the gender roles that gave rise to this idea of beauty, as well as the health issues and other challenges these women face. A little dorky, perhaps, but proof that we do read things with substance! — Erin There aren't many books that really tell the reader what it means to be in battle. War by Sebastian Junger paints a frighteningly real picture of a platoon in U.S. 2nd Battalion in the Korengal valley, Afghanistan. — Olivia