Purge: Rehab Diaries

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Seal Press, 2009 - Psychology - 214 pages
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"Purge" is a beautifully crafted memoir that has a "Girl, Interrupted" feel. In this raw and engaging account of her months in rehab, Nicole Johns documents her stay in a residential treatment facility for eating disorders. Her prose is lucid and vivid, as she seamlessly switches verb tenses and moves through time. She unearths several important themes: body image and sexuality, sexual assault and relationships, and the struggle to piece together one's path in life. While other books about eating disorders and treatment may sugarcoat the harsh realities of living with and recovering from an eating disorder, "Purge" does not hold back. The author presents an honest, detailed account of her experience with treatment, avoiding the clich(r)d happily-ever-after ending while still offering hope to those who struggle with eating disorders, as well as anyone who has watched a loved one fight to recover from an eating disorder. "Purge" sends a message: though the road may be rough, ultimately there is hope.

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User Review  - mmwiles22 - Borders

I thought this book was great! Its inspirational, and I could connect with pretty much everything she was saying. At times it was almost like she was describing my life. Whenever I feel the need to ... Read full review


User Review  - natalynn - Borders

I loved this book, and the plain out there ways she described herself and the world. But i very much disagree with her about Minnesota. i think it is so rude when people stereotype Mn and its inhabitants. we have a sense of community and smarts just as any other state. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Nicole Johns received her MFA from the University of Minnesota and a BA in English from Penn State University-Erie. Her eating disorder developed in high school and worsened in college. The summer after starting the MFA program, Nicole spent three months in treatment for her eating disorder. Nicole currently lives in Minneapolis with her fiancÚ, Brady Johnson. She has been in recovery from her eating disorder since 2005.

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