My Belly (Innbundet)

Exploring Why It’s So Hard for Women to Love Their Bodies


Hilde Østby

Norwegian title: Mageboka
Norwegian subtitle: Sju steg mot å like kroppen din
Binding: Innbundet
Pages: 165
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
Originaltittel: Mageboka
ISBN/EAN: 9788248927631
Overview Mageboka

A candid account of one writer’s turbulent relationship with an innocent body part, reminiscent of Nora Ephron’s bestseller I Feel Bad About My Neck.

Hilde Østby is a successful author on the cusp of her forty-fifth birthday. But instead of celebrating her many accomplishments, all she can think about is how much she hates her belly—an insecurity that has persisted since she was fifteen. How did a girl from an academic home—where intellect counted more than looks—become the kind of woman who would obsess over her midsection? With courageous vulnerability, Østby tackles the male gaze, diet culture, stress, capitalism, fashion, beauty, and trauma in My Belly. By the end, she is no closer to loving her belly, but through knowledge and wonder, she finds the answer to overcoming her self-loathing in unexpected ways.

I really like Østby. She is an original non-fiction writer, as also with her books about memory and creativity. The form of The Big Belly Book is a typical contemporary narrative non-fiction book with the mix of personal, and sometimes private, confessions, a sharp look at society, scientific and historical facts. It is also filled with fun facts, like the fact that the first book on diets was published in 1558.

Østby goes to work with a great underlying seriousness in her self-examination. With her own story as frame, she looks at new research, often thinking of her own daughter who might be in danger of inheriting her mother´s demons. Throughout the book Østby is hunting for the origin of her own self-contempt.

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More books by Hilde Østby:

  • Map of Loneliness

    Om vår ustoppelige trang til fellesskap og hva som driver oss fra hverandre

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  • The Women’s City

    En feministisk guide til Oslo

    Marta Breen, Helene Uri og Hilde Østby

  • Creativity

    Hjernevitenskapen bak ideene og hvorfor dagdrømmerne skal redde verden

    Hilde Østby

Author Hilde Østby

Hilde Østby (b. 1975) is a historian of ideas, author, journalist and former publishing editor. She made her debut as an author in 2013 with the critically acclaimed novel Encyclopedia of Longing. After that she went on to write the international non-fiction bestseller Adventures in Memory (2016) with her sister Ylva Østby.

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