Terrible Mom Scores Book Deal By Being Terrible
Dara-Lynn Weiss is a Manhattan socialite who's getting hammered in the press for writing an article in Vogue about her 7-year-old daughter's diet.
A doctor called the girl clinically obese, so Weiss alternated between starving her and publicly humiliating her to get her to lose weight. And while that may sound judgmental, it's not--Weiss acknowledges she made extreme choices, and frets over whether she saved her daughter from a lifetime of body issues, or drove her toward them.
So of course Weiss just got offered a book deal by Random House's Ballantine imprint.
According to the publisher, the memoir, with the tentative title The Heavy (ugh) is about "an experience that epitomizes the modern parenting ‘damned if you do/damned if you don't' predicament."
I'll let Gawker provide the commentary:
Indeed. You are certainly damned if you don't destroy your kid's self esteem forever and publish it in a magazine dedicated to deifying anorexia. What choice do you even have?
I've read the article, and it reads like borderline child abuse. In fact, if Weiss wasn't rich and white, she'd probably have social workers knocking on her door. America!
So, how's your book coming?
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