Going Hungry

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 9, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 350 pages
Here, collected for the first time, 19 writers describe their eating disorders from the distance of recovery, exposing as never before the anorexic's self-enclosed world. Taking up issues including depression, genetics, sexuality, sports, religion, fashion and family, these essays examine the role anorexia plays in a young person's search for direction. Powerful and immensely informative, this collection makes accessible the mindset of a disease that has long been misunderstood.

With essays by Priscilla Becker, Francesca Lia Block, Maya Browne, Jennifer Egan, Clara Elliot, Amanda Fortini, Louise Glück, Latria Graham, Francine du Plessix Gray, Trisha Gura, Sarah Haight, Lisa Halliday, Elizabeth Kadetsky, Maura Kelly, Ilana Kurshan, Joyce Maynard, John Nolan, Rudy Ruiz, and Kate Taylor.

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Going hungry: writers on desire, self-denial, and overcoming anorexia

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Shedding light on anorexia and other eating disorders, Taylor gathers the personal stories of a range of writers, producing an occasionally inspiring but repetitive collection. Though gifted ... Read full review

Contents

Hunger Striking Maura Kelly
3
To Poison an Ideal Ilana Kurshan
30
Daughters of the Diet Revolution Jennifer Egan
45
Hungry Men John Nolan
69
BlackandWhite Thinking Latria Graham
89
Education of the Poet Louise Glück
111
Big Little Priscilla Becker
129
The Ghost of Gordolfo Gelatino Rudy Ruiz
149
Little Fish in a Big Sea Sarah Haight
180
How the Faeries Caught Me Francesca Lia Block
196
Finding Home Maya Browne
221
Shapeshifting Amanda Fortini
235
Earning Life Clara Elliot
251
Modeling School Elizabeth Kadetsky
272
Thirty Years Later Still Watching the Scale
293
Copyright

Earthly Imperfections Lisa Halliday
167

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About the author (2008)

Kate Taylor is a culture reporter at the New York Sun; her writing has also appeared in Slate and the New Yorker. She lives in New York.

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