This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World--And Me

Marisa Meltzer (Author)
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$35.00  $32.20
Little Brown and Company
Publish Date
April 14, 2020
5.8 X 5.7 X 1.1 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Marisa Meltzer is a journalist based in New York who writes the Me Time column for the New York Times Style section and has contributed to the New Yorker, New York Magazine, the Guardian, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, among numerous other major national publications. The author of two previous books, How Sassy Changed My Life and Girl Power, she lives in Brooklyn, NY and was born in Northern California.


"A witty and meaningful look at our obsession with weight and dieting; blending the story of the founder of Weight Watchers with her own saga, Marisa Meltzer crafts an amusing story with universal insights.''

-- "Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us"

"This book is an incredible hybrid: both a detailed study of an extraordinary American life, and a candid and revealing memoir. Meltzer is the biographer Jean Nidetech deserves, crafting a portrait of the woman and the world in which she lived. She's also a bracing memoirist, a warm and honest voice unafraid to offer readers the stuff of her own life to help us better understand the culture we now share. It's a remarkable feat."

-- "Rumaan Alam, author of That Kind of Mother"

"Marisa Meltzer is an ingenious writer. This Is Big expertly weaves together two engaging tales: the charming, funny, and often heartbreaking account of Meltzer's lifelong attempts at bodily transformation, and the little-known story of a largely forgotten American icon Jean Nidetch, the irrepressible, pathbreaking entrepreneur who founded the now billion-dollar company Weight Watchers in her modest living room in 1963."

-- "Nancy Jo Sales, author of American Girls"

"A thoughtful exploration of how to make diet choices on one's own terms, rather than in 'fear of the final weigh in.'

-- "Publishers Weekly"

"Her story will resonate with readers who have struggled with weight and body image issues. A straightforward memoir of struggling with obesity and finding inspiration from the founder of Weight Watchers."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Marisa has written a book that perfectly captures our country's obsession with THIN and the struggle with obesity at this moment in history."

-- "Busy Philipps, author of This Will Only Hurt A Little"

"This is Big is a brave, bold, funny, honest, riveting book that made me have every kind of feeling in the world."

-- "Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselling author"