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For literary inquiries, please reach out to her agent, Kim Perel of Wendy Sherman Associates.


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Kara Richardson Whitely is an author & speaker featured on Oprah's Lifeclass and Self, Redbook and American Hiker. Her book Gorge will be released in 2015.

Author & Adventurer

Kara Richardson Whitely, a plus-size author, public speaker and adventurer, took on Mount Kilimanjaro three times.

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.

Gorge, her inspiring and empowering book about the experience, was published by Seal Press in Spring 2015. It 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.'

Her next book, Weight of Being, will be released on July 17, 2018. 

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 RedbookAmerican Hiker and Weight Watchers magazines. Here's an excerpt in Good Housekeeping! Kara was a blogger for Weight Watchers and is currently an Ambassador for the American Hiking Association and a National Binge Eating Recovery Advocate for Eating Recovery Center

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Where else can you buy Gorge  and Weight of Being?

·  Barnes and Noble

·  Books-A-Million

·  Rakuten.com Shopping

·  IndieBound

·  Indigo (Canada)

·  Powell's Books