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


Summit, NJ
USA

973-452-7620

Kara Richardson Whitely is an award-winning author & speaker who has presented at Google, Pfizer, Dartmouth, Purdue and more. Her book Gorge was featured on Good Morning America and in the New York Times among dozens of other publications. Her latest book, Weight of Being, was featured on The Today Show.

Author & Adventurer

Kara Richardson Whitely, a plus-size author, public speaker and adventurer, took on Mount Kilimanjaro three times. Her next book, Weight of Being, will be released on July 31, 2018. 

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, about the many steps — small and large — she took to stop binging in her family. It was released on July 31, 2018. HelloGiggles.com named it one of 11 New Memoirs You Need to Read this Summer.  It was featured on Megyn Kelly Today on Sept. 4. 

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

  Buy Weight of Being: How I Satisfied My Hunger for Happiness

Buy Weight of Being: How I Satisfied My Hunger for Happiness

  Buy Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds

Buy Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds

  Meet Kara on the road! She has stops planned in Chicago, NYC, Seattle, San Francisco, Texas and more!

Meet Kara on the road! She has stops planned in Chicago, NYC, Seattle, San Francisco, Texas and more!

  Book Kara for your next event. Kara has spoken to corporations and colleges including Google, Dartmouth, Purdue, Sanofi, Pfizer and more!

Book Kara for your next event. Kara has spoken to corporations and colleges including Google, Dartmouth, Purdue, Sanofi, Pfizer and more!