Class of ’78 OUT NOW!

Class of ’78 OUT NOW!


Fat and Beautiful: A Story of Love, Pain, and Courage.

The name-calling and hurtful actions from others began the day Linda entered the public school system. Searching to belong, she learned quickly that a snappy comeback was her best defence. Born in 1947, just after the Second World War, into a home of loving parents, eccentric grandparents, and a few unconventional relatives, Linda was a precocious, happy child. Regrettably, she was bullied in life as she struggled with obesity. Her saviour was “anything western”: television shows, movies, horses, dude ranches, and eventually cowboys. With many obstacles along the way, Linda blazed a trail from Vancouver’s big city to the dusty Cariboo to follow her dream of horses, ranches, and riding. Linda’s story is heartwarming and heart-wrenching, uncommonly adventurous, and unusually comical. Anyone who has struggled with not fitting into what society thinks to be “normal” will find Linda’s experiences encouraging and relatable. Allow Linda to inspire and remind you that it is not about the happily ever after, it is the joy you create along the way when it seems the world is against you that matters.

Karen Harmon is the author of two previous award-winning books: Looking for Normal and Where is My Happy Ending? A Journey of No Regrets.

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  • CFJC TV Talk Show Appearance (February 18th, 2022) – COMPLETED
  • Kristen’s HIDEOUT CAFE Appearance ( February 19th, 2022) – COMPLETED
  • North Vancouver District Public Library Book Talk (February 24th, 2022) – COMPLETED
  • Capilano University Lecture on Mental Health and Aging (March 9th, 2022) – COMPLETED
  • Salmon Arm Regional Library Reading (July 8th, 2022) – COMPLETED
  • Vernon Regional Library Reading (July 9th, 2022) – COMPLETED
  • Capilano Library (January 14th & 22nd, 2023) – COMPLETED
  • Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort (April 28th, 2023) – COMPLETED
  • Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort (April 29th, 2023) – COMPLETED
  • Kamloops Kidney Walk (June 4th, 2023) – COMPLETED
  • Fraser Valley Regional Library (September 23rd, 2023) – COMPLETED
  • BCRPA Fitness Symposium (October 21st, 2023) – COMPLETED