Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self

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Simon and Schuster, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 222 pages
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"I wish to be the thinnest girl at school, or maybe even the thinnest eleven-year-old on the entire planet," confides Lori Gottlieb to her diary. "I mean, what are girls supposed to wish for, other than being thin?"

For a girl growing up in Beverly Hills in 1978, the motto "You can never be too rich or too thin" is writ large. Precocious Lori learns her lessons well, so when she's told that "real women don't eat dessert" and "no one could ever like a girl who has thunder thighs," she decides to become a paragon of dieting. Soon Lori has become the "stick figure" she's longed to resemble. But then what? Stick Figure takes the reader on a gripping journey, as Lori struggles to reclaim both her body and her spirit.

By turns painful and wry, Lori's efforts to reconcile the conflicting messages society sends women ring as true today as when she first recorded these impressions. "One diet book says that if you drink three full glasses of water one hour before every meal to fill yourself up, you'll lose a pound a day. Another book says that once you start losing weight, everyone will ask, 'How did you do it?' but you shouldn't tell them because it's 'your little secret.' Then right above that part it says, 'New York Times bestseller.' Some secret."

With an edgy wit and keenly observant eye, Stick Figure delivers an engrossing glimpse into the mind of a girl in transition to adulthood. This raw, no-holds-barred account is a powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of living up to society's expectations.

 

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User Review  - Mishaela Meadows - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book and found Lori to be extremely amusing and intelligent. Although suffering from anorexia is far from funny,( it's hell; I've been there myself), she is a very humorous girl ... Read full review

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User Review  - Della Scott - Goodreads

I found this in a Little Free Library in Seattle. I did manage to finish it, to see what happens. I've read a fair number of books on eating disorders and other compulsive behaviors(anorexics and ... Read full review

Contents

Winter 1978
20
Thunder Thighs
36
Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
53
Day of Atonement
71
Lactose Intolerant
89
Facts and Figure
107
Dont Talk with Your Mouth Full
122
E Is for Electrolyte
140
Brownie
157
Hey Taxi
173
Life without Andy Gibb
186
Do Not Resuscitate
199
You Can Never Be Too Rich or Too Thin
213
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About the author (2000)

Lori Gottlieb, a medical student at Stanford University, is a former Hollywood executive. Her work has appeared in Salon, Slate, and Daily Variety, among other publications. She lives in California.

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