THE WEIGHT OF BEAUTIFUL – Jackie Goldschneider

A bravely honest self-evaluation.

By Jackie Goldschneider ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 26, 2023

When she was a teenager, Goldschneider was deeply hurt when a family member called her zaftig, a Yiddish term meaning “plump and juicy”. She felt invisible at school, surrounded by the slim, popular girls she admired. To try and lose weight, she joined Weight Watchers and learned to see eating as a “game of exchanges and options”. She then tried the Atkins, South Beach, and Zone diets, but none of them worked. After law school, she began eating low-calorie foods made with unhealthy ingredients like Olestra and obsessively tracking her calorie intake with Post-it notes and a notebook. This caused her to lose a lot of weight, and soon after she met and married the “most beautiful man who had ever looked at her in that way”. Her anorexia became increasingly severe, and she even undereat during both her pregnancies. When she was invited to join The Real Housewives of New Jersey, she saw it as an opportunity to educate viewers and find healing. Goldschneider’s story is a difficult one, but her book is hopeful and worthwhile.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 2023
ISBN: 9781668023808

Page Count: 240
Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: June 28, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2023