Always Be My Maybe actress Michelle Buteau celebrates her curviness in an insightful collection of personal essays titled Survival of the Thickest.
The project is scheduled for release on December 8, 2020 via Gallery Books and offers an open look at Buteau's Caribbean and Catholic upbringing in New Jersey, as well as her stand-up career and fertility issues.
Overall, however, the book is an ode to "fat" girls everywhere.
"Sharing my oversized stories in a sometimes small-minded world is the early Kwanzaa gift I always wanted," the 42-year-old told PEOPLE about her latest work. "This book goes well with rosé, hummus and zero judgment, huney!"
Read a full extract from Survival of the Thickest below.
According to Dictionary.com, the peak of your life means "the best years of your life when you are at the peak of your strength". For most women, however, this means "the time when they were thin and beautiful". This is something my mother talks about all the time when she sees old pictures of herself. "I wish I was new and I would." When I look at old pictures of myself, I find that I have spent a lot of time waiting for it to bloom.
I never looked like my mother grew up. She was thin and had wavy hair (she is half white). She could wear cute bikinis and mini skirts since the day is long. I've never had it I've always been a strange body. I try to keep my shirts tucked away, but somehow they always find a way out. I have learned to feel good when I only sit with a wedgie. I always have a wedgie. Fabric is finding its way into my holes. The smoke has to go somewhere like a closed chimney – and that's usually my butt. Clothing digs into my nooks and crannies and tries to hide like Harrison Ford in The Fugitive. I swear I'm so messed up watching other people eat, somehow I get their food on my shirt. The next morning, when I see someone else eating like a pig, I'm five pounds heavier. I would like to reclaim my prime number as Aunt Maxine Waters wants to reclaim her time at a hearing: “Reclaim my prime number! Reclaim my flower! "