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Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self

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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.

Synopsis:

Based on her childhood diaries, Gottlieb's book chronicles her preteen battle with anorexia nervosa. A precocious chess-loving student with a straight A average, young Lori aspires to supermodel thinness in an attempt to reconcile society's conflicting messages and to gain her parents' attention.

Synopsis:

From the diaries she kept as an 11-year-old, the author's wry, perceptive account of her near-fatal struggle with anorexia nervosa is told with an unguarded openness not seen since Susanna Kaysen's "Girl Interrupted. Stick Figure" has been option for film by Martin Scorsese's De Fina/Cappa Productions.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part One: Winter 1978

"Who Do You Think You Are, Young Lady?"
Captain of Justice
Power Paragraph
Real Women Don't Eat Dessert
Thunder Thighs
Sex Education
Chameleon
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
"That's My Girl"
The Lori Monument
Sorry About the Milk Shake, Mr. President
Day of Atonement

Part Two: Spring 1978

Please Help the Hungry
Lactose Intolerant
If You Can Pinch an Inch
Level F, Section Pink
Facts and Figure
Shrink Me
Absolute Delight
Don't Talk with Your Mouth Full
Chewing on Air
"Hello, Angels....It's Charlie"
E Is for Electrolyte

Part Three: Summer 1978

Breck Girl
Fractions
Brownie
Camp Cedars
Nora
Hey, Taxi
Shereen's Jeans
Life without Andy Gibb
Cutting the Fat
Secretary School
North Star
Do Not Resuscitate
Stick Figure
Eggshells
You Can Never Be Too Rich or Too Thin

Epilogue
Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684863580
Subtitle:
A Diary of My Former Self
Author:
Gottlieb, Lori
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Health
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Anorexia nervosa
Subject:
Patients
Subject:
Eating Disorders - Anorexia Nervosa
Subject:
Anorexia
Subject:
General Biography
Series Volume:
CP 3359
Publication Date:
20000308
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in 13.055 oz

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Product details 224 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780684863580 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Based on her childhood diaries, Gottlieb's book chronicles her preteen battle with anorexia nervosa. A precocious chess-loving student with a straight A average, young Lori aspires to supermodel thinness in an attempt to reconcile society's conflicting messages and to gain her parents' attention.
"Synopsis" by , From the diaries she kept as an 11-year-old, the author's wry, perceptive account of her near-fatal struggle with anorexia nervosa is told with an unguarded openness not seen since Susanna Kaysen's "Girl Interrupted. Stick Figure" has been option for film by Martin Scorsese's De Fina/Cappa Productions.
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