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andlt;Iandgt;"I wish to be the thinnest girl at school, or maybe even the thinnest eleven-year-old on the entire planet,"andlt;/Iandgt; confides Lori Gottlieb to her diary. "I mean, what are girls supposed to wish for, other than being thin?" andlt;BRandgt; 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? andlt;Iandgt;Stick Figureandlt;/Iandgt; takes the reader on a gripping journey, as Lori struggles to reclaim both her body and her spirit. andlt;BRandgt; 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, andlt;Iandgt;'New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller.' Some secret." andlt;BRandgt; With an edgy wit and keenly observant eye, andlt;Iandgt;Stick Figureandlt;/Iandgt; 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.


Stick Figure is a raw, no-holds-barred cautionary tale about the dangers of living up to society's expectations.

About the Author

Lori Gottlieb is author of the national bestseller, andlt;iandgt;Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Selfandlt;/iandgt;, an American Library Association "Best Books 2001" selection and a Borders "Original New Voice" title. Based on her childhood diaries, andlt;iandgt;Stick Figureandlt;/iandgt; was optioned for film by Martin Scorsese, who described Loriand#8217;s quirky teen narrator as "Holden Caulfield goes on a misguided diet."andnbsp; Lori is a regular commentator for NPRand#8217;s All Things Considered, and her radio features have aired on public radioand#8217;s This American Life, Weekend Edition, The Tavis Smiley Show and Marketplace.andnbsp;As a journalist and columnist, Lori has written for andlt;iandgt;The New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Los Angeles Timesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Time, People, The Atlantic, Elle, Glamour, Redbook, Slate, Salon, Seventeen, CosmoGirl!, The L.A. Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicleandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;The New York Postandlt;/iandgt;.andnbsp;She also penned the monthly and#8220;Brunch Withand#8221; relationships column for andlt;iandgt;Mademoiselleandlt;/iandgt;.

Table of 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


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



Camp Cedars


Hey, Taxi

Shereen's Jeans

Life without Andy Gibb

Cutting the Fat

Secretary School

North Star

Do Not Resuscitate

Stick Figure


You Can Never Be Too Rich or Too Thin



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Gottlieb, Lori
Simon & Schuster
Psychopathology - Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders - General
General Biography
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Eating Disorders - Anorexia Nervosa
Biography - General
Recovery and Addiction-Eating Disorders
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