Gibbons makes Best Sellers list

Swanton resident Brittany Gibbons made several television appearances to coincide with the release of her book.

Brittany Gibbons has continued to add to her accomplishments with the release of her book, “Fat Girl Walking” last month. The Swanton resident is now on the New York Times Best Sellers list for humor.

For June, “Fat Girl Walking” was 13th on the list. Books by Melissa Rivers, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler lead the way, with Gibbons spot on the list just ahead of “Daddy, Stop Talking,” by Adam Carolla.

Gibbons was alerted to her place on the Best Sellers list by a fan.

“I had my parents over and we were eating Ko’s Garden and watching movies when I noticed an email from a fan linking me to the list,” she said. “I think my heart stopped beating while I scanned it.”

Gibbons said she read it about five times and called her editor to confirm the placement. “Then everyone in my house screamed for 10 solid minutes.

“Being on that list next to everyone of my heroes was amazing and getting to celebrate it with my parents made it way more awesome.”

Gibbons is also the author of the blog Brittany, Herself, a body image advocate and model. The humor blog receives over half a million page views a month.

The book is described by publisher HaperCollins as “a hilarious memoir in essays about love, sex, marriage, motherhood, bikinis and loving your body, no matter what size you are.”

With the release of “Fat Girl Walking” also came national appearances. Gibbons appeared on the Today Show, Dr. Oz, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Steve Harvey, NPR, and Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy. Articles on Gibbons and her book were run in Cosmopolitan, Elle and Time.

“I had the most fun with Jenny McCarthy, mostly because we’re pretty similar and ended up becoming friends after the show,” said Gibbons.

But, it was her time on Steve Harvey that proved most meaningful.

“I was surprised in the second segment by fans who took their clothes off, and I just sobbed…on television. It was the best gift ever,” Gibbons said.

She said that every single aspect of the situation has been surprising, but the coolest part has been the local response. “Whether it’s been high school girls coming up to me in Wing Station, former teachers reaching out to cheer me on, or even boys I’ve mentioned in the book, it’s been hilarious and empowering,” said Gibbons. “They say you are always famous in your hometown last. That is true, but it’s also the thing I’m most proud of.”