Isabel Chiara, created Giana Giovanni, a character whose story is told in the style of a first-person historic memoir. Giana’s recount takes us from the farm fields of Italy circa World War II to the era of Grease Lightening in the late 1970’s, up to the current day. In humorous, easy-to-read language, Eat Your Words gives us a peak at the generational path of overeaters beginning from a home-grown food heritage to the fast-food, drive-thru window of the super-sized large fry and extra-thick chocolate shake.
With the wisdom of the feminine, Isabel supports Giana’s inner-exploration and aha moments, not pushing her to find a solution to her dysfunctional relationship with food, but encouraging her, through self-love, to live her way back into her body that feels, at last, like home. In this tale, our protagonist’s main “squeeze” and heroic rescuer isn’t the hot boy next door but rather the overly-handled bag of chips she grapples with until finally exchanging it for the act of self-embrace.