Joan Jacobs Brumberg


About the Author

Joan Jacobs Brumberg is the award-winning author of Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa. She is a Stephen H. Weiss Professor at Cornell University, where she holds a unique appointment teaching in the fields of history, human development, and women’s studies. Her research and sensitive writing about American women and girls have been recognized by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. She lives in Ithaca, New York.

“Brumberg writes beautifully: her generous use of direct quotes from girls’ diaries makes this an interesting, lively, and moving account of girls’ worries and obsessions about their bodies and their sexuality. The book is a call to arms; our girls are in trouble and Brumberg offers provocative suggestions for change.”

–Ruth Streigel-Moore, professor of psychology, Wesleyan University; past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders

“This book should help us all make sense of the body-image concerns girls and young women face today, and should serve as a companion to those interested in female development.”
–Dr. David Herzog, director, Eating Disorders Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, and associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

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