An Evening with Author Kara Richardson Whitely
Tuesday July 25 | 6:30 PM
Portsmouth Public Library
Levenson Community Room
Join us on Tuesday July 25 at 6:30 PM for an inspirational talk with Kara Richardson Whitely, author of Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds.
Don’t judge a girl by her blubber. Kara Richardson Whitely has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro three times while weighing as much as 300 pounds. Why three times? Because sometimes that’s what it takes to get over something. Kara’s story encompasses positive self-image, food addiction/binge eating recovery, achieving the impossible, helping others, and the benefits of movement and spending time in nature. Her message: love your body and go from there.
Gorge, her inspiring and empowering book about the experience, has been called one of “Five Fabulous, Possibly Life-Changing Books” by Redbook magazine. Backpacker magazine said Kara’s story as a plus-size adventurer is “as inspiring as it is refreshing.” The New York Times Sunday Book Review said, in Gorge, Kara “writes accessibly and frankly about her struggles with both Kilimanjaro and her self-image… This detailed account of her travails will give confidence not only to hesitant would-be mountaineers but to those, like her, whose biggest hurdle is ‘to learn to be O.K. with who I was.'”
Kara, who is also a motivational public speaker and American Hiking Society ambassador, has written for Self, Everyday with Rachael Ray and Runner’s World magazines. She was recently featured on Oprah’s Lifeclass, Good Morning America, an Outside magazine 127 Defining Moments finalist and has been written about in Redbook, American Hiker and Weight Watchers magazines. Kara is a blogger for Weight Watchers, an Ambassador for the American Hiking Association and a National Binge Eating Recovery Advocate for Eating Recovery Center.