'Skinny Bitch' Authors' New Goal: Making Men Buff (book review)

New York Times | MOTOKO RICH | 09/11/09

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Can the sassy, foul-mouthed, hectoring tone that prompted millions of women to buy "Skinny Bitch" work for men?

In an effort to capture the other gender with their best-selling diet book franchise, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, the authors of "Skinny Bitch," a vegan manifesto clothed as a weight-loss primer, have retrofitted the original book for men under the title "Skinny Bastard." The book, published by Running Press, goes on sale on Monday.

The authors and publisher believe that the tough-love message of the original book will translate to men who want to lose weight and "get ripped." Running Press, a division of Perseus Books, has planned an initial print run of 100,000 copies.

"Skinny Bitch," with maxims like "sugar is the Devil" and "soda is liquid Satan," has spent a total of 92 weeks on The New York Times Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous Paperback Best-Seller list, and has sold 1.1 million copies, according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks about 70 percent of sales. The authors have also written a recipe book, "Skinny Bitch in the Kitch," which sold a healthy 217,000 copies, and a book for pregnant mothers, "Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven," which has sold only 26,000 copies.

"Skinny Bastard," said David Steinberger, chief executive of Perseus, is "a testosterone repackaging of basically the same book, prepared in a way that will get the message out to men."

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Looks like a grab at more cash to me, as most do ... feel no greed, we all do what we all do. Who am I to judge?


These two ladies are really on to something! Their "in your face" approach offers a breathe of fresh air among so many terribly polite, politically correct diet books on the market. It makes perfect sense to offer separate ladies and men's versions because the genders commonly have different sensibilities and interests. I wish them all the best with this newest endeavor and I hope it helps many men find their Inner Vegan. :-)


FIRST of all,the word "Bitch"is demeaning to Women so therefore,those 2 Women are demeaning themSELVES and need to get a little something called Self-Respect!Something,by the way that they SHOULD be preaching!! And this Skinny Bastards book thing is just MALE BASHING!! It is NOT "tough Love"as You put it!And it's NOT any OTHER type of Love eather by the way. And I KNOW this because My Mom and Dad we're BOTH HIPPIES back in the 1960's and 70's!!


If THEY writa a book called "Skinny Midgets"than I am going to send them one HELL of a nasty Hate Mail letter!!! I have the Proportional form of Dwarfism and THAT dreadded "M Word"is very Demeaning,Offensive,and Disrespectful to those that are Short-Statured!!!


I love Rory Freedman! "Skinny Bitch" is the best book ever! I have been vegan my whole life, but it was a good book for me to read because it gave me more information on the vegan diet. It covers every aspect of veganism. Rory Freedman is truly my role model. :)

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