Going Hungry: Writers on Desire, Self-Denial, and Overcoming Anorexia

Going Hungry Writers on Desire Self Denial and Overcoming Anorexia Here collected for the first time writers describe their eating disorders from the distance of recovery exposing as never before the anorexic s self enclosed world Taking up issues including dep

  • Title: Going Hungry: Writers on Desire, Self-Denial, and Overcoming Anorexia
  • Author: Kate M. Taylor
  • ISBN: 9780307278340
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 immensHere, 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 Gl ck, 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 anchorbooksgoinghungry

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    • The different experiences and perspectives in this book helped me gain a lot of insight in to what people may experience with eating disorders.

    • I am always leery of picking up first-hand accounts of experiences with disorders. I don't know why because I'm a qualitative researcher who does Participatory Action Research but hey, we're all full of contradictions right. Anyway, I decided to check this out. so many books about Anorexia are admiring the problem, or they're written at the start of recovery. It's often one person's story and I have a tendency to assume someone who has written a book is the arbiter of what it means to have X dis [...]

    • This is a book perfect for anyone who struggles with an eating disorder and understands that this illness is not a flash in the pan, teenage disturbance. It is a life-struggle, one you have to actively fight against. This book looks at the entire spectrum, including stories from males with anorexia, women of color, and women well, well past their teenage years. I recommend this book for not only survivors of this illness, but for those who are struggling, like myself. Furthermore, if you know so [...]

    • Someone handed me this book and said "it might be good for teens" and instead of sitcking it in some pile to sit on my desk forever, I actually read it. The essays were well-written, not sob stories of eating disorders but discussions of how it felt or how it feels to have those disorders and to pull through it. The strength of the collection lay in the diverse group of authors.

    • We can always learn by reading about the stories of others. A few seemed to not totally fit the topic, but they all told me something about the person. The two most common words throughout the book: control and perfection.

    • The most interesting aspect of this collection was the ways in which eating disorders become an aesthetic and a tendency long after the disordered state has been "recovered." These essays may be triggering to some women.The common strains of attraction between people who suffer or have suffered in the past is not often discussed. My only critique is that at times the disorders seemed glorified- but that's exactly the nature of the cognitive trap that must be recovered from through new ways of vi [...]

    • I've read a criticism of this book that argues that it sends mixed messages -- that, yes, the contributors talk about all the negative effects eating disorders have had on their lives, but that they are also all successful people, acclaimed writers, many with degrees from Ivy League or otherwise prestigious institutions. (I wish I could remember where I read that -- what book? What article?) Where are the average people? the criticism asks. Where are the people whose eating disorders had devasta [...]

    • Ah, I would feel guilty critiquing any of the essays. Some are more well-written than others, but even for a brilliant author, it must be hard to write on such a personal and sensitive topic, and therefore it may not be the most shining example of their skill and talent. I don't think the effects of eating disorders on your mind don't ever completely leave, no matter how "cured" you are in your behaviors, although they might dim and lessen over time. It is evident that these people are still str [...]

    • A book of stories by a number of individuals who have suffered from anorexia. I liked that it showed numerous ways that anorexia can be manifest. What I did not like is that many of the authors used numbers, particularly low weights, which I think many people would find triggering. It made me sad to hear the underlying tone in many of the stories thoughts of, "It wasn't that bad for me because I was never that skinny." or "I wasn't skinny for very long, so it wasn't a big deal." I think this cou [...]

    • I still haven't formulated my review for this one. If you are eating disordered - stay away. mentions habits, numbers, and rituals in often great detail. Many of the essays romanticise the disease. Some essays take a "then one day i decided not to be eating disordered and I wasn't" approach.Competitive - perpetuating notions if you weren't hospitalised you weren't really sick. lacks insight and often lacks reflection. Some essays are near on unreadable (I actually skipped one by a poet because S [...]

    • As with many essay collections, there were plenty of forgettable ones and a few standouts. Kate Taylor's introduction provided a good mix of autobiographical anecdotes and social and cultural history of anorexia. "Hungry Men," by John Nolan, was a well-researched and well-documented exploration of the similarities and differences between the experiences of male and female sufferers of eating disorders. Latria Graham's "Black-and-White Thinking" discussed how racial issues play into eating disord [...]

    • Many of these were wonderfully written, heartbreaking stories of individual experiences with eating disorders. These stories are familiar to those of us who have gone through it ourselves, or to those who have read other books on the topic. Many of these authors had wonderful insight, and a handful had a great deal of ambivalence about their disorder. There was one particular chapter that didn't seem to have any relation to the rest, though I don't remember which. I can't say it was enjoyable, b [...]

    • One of the better, more comprehensive anthologies on eating disorders that I've ever read. The editor took the effort to include a diverse range of writers--old, young, male, female, black, latin, recovered, "maintaining." There are all kinds of eating disorders represented here, and all kinds of idea of what "overcoming anorexia" and "desire" mean. The kind of book I wish we could latch onto instead of "Wasted" and "Wintergirls," perpetuating the mythos of the tortured teen-aged middle-class wh [...]

    • *Starving for life * On the surface, anorexia is a tragic disease of self-starvation. Underneath, however, lies an individual with a voracious hunger for life, meaning, purpose, connection, and validation. _Going Hungry_ is an illuminating collection of essays from 19 writers whose personal experiences shed light on this highly misunderstood disease, and offer a deeper look into the mindset of this body-destructive disorder. Informative, fascinating, poignant, touching, and eye-opening, _Going H [...]

    • I hated every second of the first half of this book and I refuse to go any further. every person that wrote an essay in here is condescending in my opinion. I've had these struggles and I feel like they're being minimized. because the internet wasn't around when all these writers went through their struggles, they make themselves out to be heroic, having created their disease themselves without an outside influence telling them to, going it alone. well just because people are more connected now [...]

    • don't worry I have no future plans of becoming anorexicI just enjoy reading up on eating disorders, because it is interesting to learn about why one would deny themselves one of our basic necessities of life.This book was composed into short stories of authors (yes, writers with eating disorders) who have or have gone through an eating disorder. Most of the stories were interesting and I have learned a few new things about the disease.

    • Writers explore deep places that most of us avoid. Much wisdom here about self-starvation and about addictive behavior. Control, concentration, attention, and privilege come with weightlessness. Several of the writers entered elite Ivy League universities after their high school bouts with anorexia. Of course, they stopped menstruating too. The ideal self is an idol to worship, often mistaken as spiritual growth

    • This is a great collection of essays on (from the cover) "desire, self-denial, and overcoming anorexia." I've read other collections on these same topics that aren't as well done as "Going Hungry." I liked how the essays "told it like it is" and didn't feel the need to force a happily-ever-after on the readers. A good book to read to understand someone you love or to simply understand yourself.

    • This is by far the best book I've read so far relating to eating disorders. It was honest and did not sugar-coat anything. As some have mentioned, it can make things seem fairly bleak: I did find quite a few of the essays to be triggering and somewhat despair-inducing (as in, it almost seems that complete recovery is impossible, so one could perhaps not even bother trying), but I personally appreciate this candor.

    • I do agree with reviews that this anthology engages in the brilliant anorexic stereotype with the number of ivys name dropped. And despite the editor's experience encountering people from all walks in her stay in residential, the essays are nearly all from white women, I believe there's just one Latino man? Still, I was moved by Maura Kelly's essay, especially the ending detailing how anorexia has impacted her emotional life "I no longer hide what I eat, but I hide my feelings"

    • Good concept with good potential. But that doesn't always equal a good book. Some of the essays, "Education of the Poet," for example, are stellar. But that essay was never written to be primarily about anorexia or starvation. While the essays may have relayed the truth of what it is to have anorexia, the actual writing of the majority of the essays lacked quality. "This happened, then this happened, then this happened." Not a good narrative voice.

    • This book has 19 stories that women with either anorexia or bulimia had written. some of the stories were very interesting (a little gut-wrenching)and some of the stories were boring (too scientific for my taste). Over all it was a great reminder that little things said, can make a very big impact on a young person's life.

    • In the intro the editor mentions that it is a myth that most people with anorexia are women, middle class and above, white, etc. She should have backed that up with having a more diverse anthology, because most of the stories in here just blended together.Sidenote: I am studying heavily about anorexia right now, and all it does is make me want to eat a lot.

    • Sweet. Painful. Digging. Bewildering. Real. This collection of short stories has little to do with the actual "overcoming" part of the disease, and more to do with the lives of these unique individuals. The stories are short enough that you do not tire or get exasperated, but long enough that you get a glimpse into the darkness of this affliction. The reality.

    • If you've been there, then you know, yet this book shows several sides of how anorexia and eating disorders can morph you life and are forever with you. It shows how there truly is no "cure", it changes you and how you look at food, your body and your life. I recommend that everyone who has ever had any issue with food, weight, their body or being in or out of control read these stories.

    • This is a fascinating read, and helped me to better understand what it's like to be anorexic and why one might become so in the first place. My high school friend Kate edited this anthology and wrote the introduction, so please buy and read the book!

    • Great mini memoirs on Anorexia, some good theory and insights, especially in the intro, but I find the intro triggering.

    • oooh, ooh. must read! writers!(note to annice: francine du plessy grey is a barnard alum, who was the keynote speaker in '06.)

    • I really enjoyed this book! It let me know that all different kinds of people struggle from eating disorders. It was just really good.

    • This is a collection of stories of people with eating disorders. It's an interesting read but doesn't really introduce anything not in other books, or advice how to overcome it.

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