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Feed Me!: Writers Dish about Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Imageby Harriet Brown
Synopses & Reviews
In our appearance-obsessed society, eating is about much more than hunger and sustenance. Food inspires pleasure and anxiety, shame and obsession. We are constantly judged on how we look, so we’ve come to judge ourselves (and others) on what and how we eat.
These evocative essays, from some of the most talented and popular writers working today, tackle this universal subject with humor, longing, and compassion. Joyce Maynard writes about learning to make pie with her complex but adored mother. Caroline Leavitt’s chilling piece describes the overlap between power and eating. Ophira Edut explains how an outspoken “body outlaw” wound up on Jenny Craig. Diana Abu-Jaber writes about abandoning her Bedouin customs for America’s silverware and table manners–and missing the physical, hands-on connection with food.
Exploring the bonds between appetite and remorse, hunger and longing, satisfaction and desire, this anthology is for every woman who’s ever felt guilty about eating dessert, or gushed over a friend’s weight loss, or wished she had a different body.
Some of today's leading women writers speak out on the subject of weight and the obsession with body image in a collection of essays that includes Caroline Leavitt's writings on eating and grief, Whitney Otto on having a mother who was a Weight Watchers lecturer, and works by Joyce Maynard, Laurie Notaro, Ann Hood, Kate Harding, and others. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Table of Contents
Introduction / Harriet Brown — He call me fat; it set me free / Sari Botton — The grief diet / Caroline Leavitt — With hands / Diana Abu-Jaber — Seconds / Jenny Allen — My worst excess / Amity Gaige — Sisi, your getting fat / Courtney E. Martin — My ten plagues / Harriet brown — Top model / Magali Amadei — Reader, I ate him / Brenda Copeland — The twin paradox / Susan O'doherty — Attack of the xl girl / Laurie Notaro — Sugar plum fairy / Dana Kinstler — Sky girl / Ann Hood — Plus what? / Lisa Romeo — Ess, ess / Rochelle Jewel Shapiro — In the house of Jean Nidetch / Whitney Otto — You're not fat / Kate Harding — My binge year / Jane E. Brody — Day one / Wendy McClure — Quacks / kathi Kamen Goldmark — Battle of the bulge: notes from a decade of body activism / Ophira Edut — Take this cake and shove it / Joan Fischer — Pie / Joyce Maynard.
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