Kid Rex: The Inspiring True Account of a Life Salvaged from Despair, Anorexia and Dark Days in New York City

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ECW Press, Dec 15, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 262 pages
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Kid Rex is the story of one woman’s struggle to overcome anorexia. After knowing other friends with anorexia and being baffled by their behavior (often wondering, “Why doesn’t she just eat?!”) Moisin suddenly found herself prone to the same disease, not eating at all and going weeks at a time taking in nothing but water and the occasional black coffee. She learns how to deceive the therapists her worried family sends her to, giving them all of the symptoms of depression so they’ll misdiagnose her and let her continue to be anorexic.

When she recognizes that she has a serious problem, though, she finally owns up to a therapist working at her university. She tells him that she’s an anorexic who needs to go to some group meetings to work through her condition. He looks at her doubtfully and says, “No, I don’t think you’re an anorexic.” All that runs through her mind is that she must be fat. Shortly after this devastating therapy visit, the Twin Towers fall in the September 11th attacks, and Moisin watches it happen from her apartment window. Her ensuing depression quickens her already dangerous downward spiral.

Kid Rex is a book about hope, and looking to oneself and to those around you to help get out from under the hold of such a dreadful and powerful disease. This book is written for people who are also suffering from anorexia to let them know they’re not alone, but Moisin never takes on a know-it-all tone. Books on anorexia that are currently available are either preachy, or more commonly, clinical accounts written by doctors, not people suffering from the disease.

 

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The subtitle says it all. As a young woman, Moisin was ravaged by anorexia made worse by depression and posttraumatic stress after she witnessed the destruction of the Twin Towers on 9/11. Her vivid ... Read full review

Contents

IntroductionGhost World
Chapter OneTwo Blocks Below Canal
Chapter TwoMisfits
Chapter ThreeA Pillar of Salt
Chapter FourWheres Renfrew?
Chapter FiveIt Must Be September
Chapter SixMoms In Bed
Chapter SevenThe Klub
Chapter EightThe Big Black Dog
Chapter NineTightrope Walker
Chapter TenLevenkrons Net
Chapter ElevenKid Rex
Chapter TwelveVenice Again For The First Time
Acknowledgments
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About the author (2010)

Laura Moisin was born in Bucharest, Romania, and has lived in Calgary, Toronto, Chicago, and Boston and is currently finishing her degree at New York University. She lives in New York.

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