One Book, One Watertown
This year's One Book, One Watertown selection questions who is permitted to take up space. Big Girl by Lambda Literary Award-winning, Harlem native Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, is a lyrical coming-of-age story set to the rich soundtrack of 1990s Harlem.
From every direction, Malaya is told to shrink herself. Her mother drags her to Weight Watchers at the young age of eight, doctors push risky weight loss procedures, and classmates harass and taunt her. In this intimate, unflinching, and poetic portrayal of Black girlhood, Malaya slowly begins to find her footing in her own skin through her art, her friendships, and first love. Where the world at large seeks to shrink her body, her Blackness, her queerness, her desires, and her neighborhood, Malaya dares to imagine space for her to be her full self. Of this rich, acclaimed book, author Kiese Laymon says, Big Girl is “a new American classic that we as a country and a culture desperately need."
We love this book and think you will too. We're thrilled to announce that Sullivan will join us for an exclusive virtual author talk on March 15!
Big Girl is already available in the Minuteman catalog. Extra copies are available on the second floor of WFPL, across from the Reference Desk. eAudiobook copies are available instantly through the Library's free Hoopla app and eBook copies can be reserved through the free Overdrive app.
Big Girl Stories with the New Rep
Saturday, 3/25 | 2:30 PM
More information coming soon!
Stream WFPL's Big Girl-Inspired Music Collection!
Inspired by our community read Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan: Body positive artists and music that encourage you to take up space. Music is a big part of the book so we've also included artists that were referenced in the story as well as a healthy helping of '90s throwbacks.