Picks and Pans Review: Fat Girls and Lawn Chairs

updated 03/01/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/01/2004 01:00AM

By Cheryl Peck

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The best of these witty essays and poems recount Peck's traumatic experiences: As a kid, she is robbed of her cherished key collection by her sister ("I wanted to have her X-rayed, but my mother refused"), and as a woman of size, she bares all in the gym's locker room ("I don't believe it' s exercise that keeps fat women out of the gym. I think it's the distance from the bench in front of the locker to the shower and back"). Though some essays meander, Peck usually proves as playful—and poignant—as her title.

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