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Liza Palmer Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Conversations with the Fat Girl (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seeing Me Naked (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Field Guide to Buyring Your Parents (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Like Her (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nowhere but Home (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Girl Before a Mirror (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The F Word (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nobodies (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Liza Palmer is an internationally bestselling American author of literature and fiction books. Her debut novel, Conversations with the Fat Girl, has been optioned for adaptation to a series by HBO. She was born and raised in Pasadena, California. She dropped out of college and took every job she thought would be best for her until she discovered that her only talent was writing. Her debut novel published in 2005 when on to become an international sensation.

Conversation with the Fat Girl

Everyone else seems to be living their lives to the fullest apart from Maggie. At twenty-seven years, she’s still an employee at Joe’s coffee joint while all her friends have started families, having children and thriving in their careers. And now her best friend Olivia since grade school is also getting married. Sadly enough, there’s no man in Maggie’s life, except the young man she has crashed on, Domenic, working at a local coffee shop and her dog, Solo.
When Olivia visits Maggie and requests her to be her maid of honor, Maggie is intrigued, but she can’t help but compare herself to the new Olivia. Back in the days, the two girls had befriended each other because they struggled with weight. Now Maggie is still the oversize girl while her friend Olivia has finally achieved the perfect size two shape. But as the wedding draws closer, Olivia’s so-called ideal life starts to unfold, and Maggie soon discovers that happiness doesn’t lie on the weight scale.

Conversations with the Fat Girl is a fascinating story. Liza Palmer’s writing is enchanting, the plot relatable, and the characters are beautifully crafted, authentic, and truly vibrant. The narrative is full of powerful messages and so many lessons to be learnt that resonates with the readers. The main character, Maggie, is an artist, a beautiful, highly educated woman. But one might ask if she’s so educated, why is she working at a coffee joint? Why is she putting up with everyone’s crap? And why isn’t she married like the rest of her friends and age mates? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out. Overall, this is a story about Maggie’s journey from a doormat to a strong, independent, courageous, and successful woman. The author narrates Maggie’s story with humor, using a voice that all too real and relatable to the modern woman.

This is a story that can resonate with anyone in the modern world, especially women. Those of “bigger sizes” than the average person are often picked on and teased about their sizes. Almost everyone has been a victim of such taunts. Through Maggie’s point of view, we can see firsthand how obese women are treated and how everyone in society views them. At some point, she’s bullied to the point that she also becomes a bully to herself and start making jokes about her weight. Through Olivia’s point of view, we can see the length and risks which a modern-day woman is willing to undertake to achieve the perfect shape everyone admires. But it’s to be noted that even with the perfect shape, there are risks involved and it might mean more problem for you. The story is narrated from the first-person point of view from Maggie’s perspective and through this; the reader gets to experience every aspect of this book in first hand.

Seeing Me Naked

Elizabeth has always lived under the wings of her father, the well known author, Ben Page. Everyone in her family has lived under the shadow of this man. Whether it be her brother, Rascal who’s become a sensation in the writing industry, or herself a chef, but regardless of this, none of them have been good for their father or lived to his expectations.

Despite this, Elizabeth is quite happy and contented with her career as a chef in a famous restaurant in Los Angeles. That’s until she is offered a new job, one she knows if she accepts, her father will be very disappointed. Until, that is when her path crosses with that of Daniel, a man who forces her to think differently about everything she thought she knew about love and life.

Seeing Me Naked is an intriguing story that follows a woman who, for all purposes and intent, seems satisfied with her life. Elizabeth is wealthy, she has a stable job and has a boyfriend who she visits on various occasions, but despite all these, no one understands her. She is always willing for some great sex when her boyfriend is not traveling to work. Therefore, to see Elizabeth discover the reality that is her terrible boyfriend, broken family, and a job that’s not fulfilling her expectations is unexpected but a highly needed surprise. From the first page, though Elizabeth is the main character, we can’t help but sympathize with her. Seeing Me Naked isn’t just the story of broken and depressed families, the author, Liza Palmer can strike a perfect balance between the more pressing issues the heroine faces with the love she shares with Daniel and her family.

Seeing Me Naked is a story that takes its sweet time, giving every reader satisfaction in reading from the first page to the last. It is an enjoyable book to read, and Liza Palmer reveals the nature of each character organically and their actions, dialogue, and Elizabeth’s reaction sculpting their bright personalities. Then there is Elizabeth’s character, and while she doesn’t actively seek for change, she is smart enough not to fight back when all good things fall on her lap. The best part of this story is the fact that she keeps good things while at the same time resisting change. This novel is a treat from page to page. The characters, both primary and secondary, are complex and at the same time carefully rendered. There isn’t black and white in the complex web of family relationships they all navigate. Messy and painful they are, the author shows us every one of us is deeply influenced by their roots, and how, despite all this, we can become who we want in our lives.

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