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Sep 09, 2008 | ISBN 9780307278340

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“In revealing essays by men and women–young and old, thin and not thin, black, brown and white–this anthology lends remarkable texture to a subject that has been too often sensationalized and oversimplified.” —The New York Times

“Taylor writes with grace and insight of her self-imposed malnourishment.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Powerful. . . . Allows[s] the breadth and depth of anorexia to be revealed in the thorough, eloquent words of its sufferers. . . . [The essays are] beautiful pieces in and of themselves that help shed light on a powerful affliction.” –San Francisco Chronicle

“[Going Hungry’s] authors defy many of the stereotypes about eating disorders, and who suffers from them.” –Newsweek

“Eighteen women writers–and one man–share memories of anorexia’s tenacious grip in this eye-opening collection.” –People

“Those struggling with an eating disorder are sure to find among these personal essays at least one that will help them better understand their own condition, and provide company and hope.” –Publishers Weekly

Going Hungry is a remarkable book. To read these powerful and articulate life stories of anorexia is to gain a kind of new understanding into the conflict, disconnection and seductiveness of this potentially lethal disease. The psychology of anorexia is difficult to comprehend but I felt at the end of reading this book that I had a much better, much more human grasp of what is like to live and struggle with the illness. The stories are deeply illuminating, in the fullest sense of the word.” –Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind

“In Going Hungry, writers of different ethnicities offer thoughtful personal perspectives on eating disorders. Of particular interest is the theme that anorexia nervosa can be an expression (albeit a harmful one) of a positive drive to accomplish something noteworthy and that such aspirations can be redirected into meaningful, productive endeavors. These messages inspire hope and provide a powerful counterforce to stereotypes that associate eating disorders with superficiality and vanity.” –Dr. David Herzog, Director of the Harris Center for Eating Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital

Table Of Contents

Introduction Kate Taylor

Hunger Striking Maura Kelly

To Poison An Ideal Ilana Kurshan

Daughters of the Diet Revolution Jennifer Egan

On Thin Ice Francine du Plessix Gray

Hungry Men John Nolan

Black-and-White Thinking Latria Graham

Education of the Poet Louise Glück

Big Little Priscilla Becker

The Ghost of Gordolfo Gelatino Rudy Ruiz

Earthly Imperfections Lisa Halliday

Little Fish in a Big Sea Sarah Haight

How the Faeries Caught Me Francesca Lia Block

The Voice Trisha Gura

Finding Home Maya Browne

Shape-shifting Amanda Fortini

Earning Life Clara Elliot

Modeling School Elizabeth Kadetsky

Thirty Years Later, Still Watching the Scale Joyce Maynard


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