Synopses & Reviews
Geneen Roth's bestselling "When Food Is Love" profoundly explored the relationship between eating and intimacy in women's lives. Now in "Appetites", she takes the themes of longing, self-denial, and nourishment and puts them into the broader context of women's experience.
#1New York Timesbestselling author ofWomen Food and God
Roth speaks of issues that, chauvinism aside, only women can truly understand and identify with. In the past, her books were about food, weight, dieting, and the almost universal obsession that women have with their bodies and self-esteem. Now her canvas of introspection and discussion has expanded: eight chapters examine the nature of women's friendships, the craving to be famous, the longing for safety, and the search for a parallel life (or the perfect fantasy), among other topics. Based on intensely personal experiences, written with intensely emotional and intellectually probing prose, Roth's book pushes far beyond the issue of weight to ask what will make women happy. Her not-so-easy answers, divined from decades of therapy, of experiential beingness, of Buddhist practice, will speak to many.
"Roth tells of her own experiences with a non-blink frankness cushioned by the gracefulness of her prose." Chicago Tribune
"Just the right mix of confession, sass, and style." Publishers Weekly"
"Roth tells of her own experiences with a non-blink frankness cushioned by the gracefulness of her prose."—Chicago Tribune. "Just the right mix of confession, sass, and style."—Publishers Weekly.
About the Author
Geneen Roth is a writer and a teacher who has gained international prominence through her work in the field of eating disorders. She is the founder of the Breaking Free workshops, which she has conducted nationwide since 1979. She is also the author of Feeding the Hungry Heart, Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating, and When Food is Love. A frequent guest on television and radio programs, she has written for and been featured in Tie, Ms., New Woman, Family Circle, and Cosmopolitan. Her poetry and short stories have been published in numerous anthologies. Born in New York City, she now lives in northern California.
Table of Contents
Appetites Prologue: The Places We Search
1. The Size of My Body, The Size of My LIfe
2. The Hunger to be Valued
3. Parallel Lives, Part 1: Losing My Hair
4. When Someone Believes in You
5. Women's Friendship: A Conspiracy of Hunger
6. To Have or Have Not: Nourishment and Self-Denial<>
7. Parallel Lives, Part 2: On Happiness and Joy
8. The Longing for a Safe Place
Epilogue: Seven Rememberances