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March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Emmeline Clein and Tourmaline


Books & Books


March 28
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with



Dead Weight: Essays on Hunger and Harm 

(Knopf, $30.00) 

Thursday, March 28th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is delighted to present an evening with Emmeline Clein discussing her new book of essays: Dead Weight: Essays on Hunger and Harm (Knopf, $30.00). She will be in discussion with artist Tourmaline.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

A personal and cultural look at the dark underbelly of Western beauty standards and the lethal culture of disordered eating they’ve wrought In Dead Weight, Emmeline Clein recounts her struggle with disordered eating alongside the stories of other women: historical figures, pop culture celebrities, and the girls she’s known and loved. Through the story of her own sickness, the raw recollections of interview subjects, and dispatches from social media rabbit holes, Clein challenges stereotypes and renders statistics and science deeply personal and urgent. From her first encounters with icons of the thin ideal to her years ricocheting between hunger and bingeing, from the pro-anorexia blog that unexpectedly saved someone’s life to the residential treatment centers that make so many people sicker, from a wrenching elegy for those who didn’t survive to a manifesto for sisterhood, solidarity, and recovery, Clein uncovers girlhood’s appetites and injuries to reveal the economic, cultural, and political history of an epidemic. Dead Weight makes the case that we are faced with a culture of suppression, self-denial, and self-harm, an insidious, pervasive, and dangerous American cult of femininity rooted in racism and misogyny. Tracing the medical and cultural histories of anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder and investigating the recent rise of orthorexia, Clein reveals the economic conditions underpinning diet culture, and grapples with the ways today’s feminism can be complicit in propping up the fetish of self-shrinking. Drawing on a kaleidoscopic array of sources—from cult classic films like Jennifer’s Body to the aughts-era Tumblrverse, the writing of Simone Weil, Chris Kraus, and Anne Boyer to the medieval canon of anorexic saints—Clein calls for a feminism that doesn’t compel women to shrink their bodies to increase their value, urging radical acceptance of all our appetites instead: for food, connection, and love. A sharp, perceptive, and revelatory polemic about the external forces that shape our lives, Dead Weight is electrifying, unapologetically bold, and fiercely compassionate.


About the Author:

EMMELINE CLEIN’s writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Yale Review, The Nation, Smithsonian, Berlin Quarterly, VICE, BuzzFeed, Catapult and Antigravity, among other publications. Her chapbook Toxic was published by Choo Choo Press in 2022. She received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts; she lives in New York.

About the Moderator:

Tourmaline is a writer, filmmaker and artist who explores ethics and pleasure, foregrounding the beauty of deviance and the joy of opulent dreaming. Her art is on view right now at the 81st Whitney Biennial, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern and Mass MoCA. She is the author of the forthcoming Marsha P Johnson biography (Penguin Random House/Tiny Reparations 2025).