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“Although it reads like a novel—a funny, touching, and absolutely gripping novel—Stick Figure is, astonishingly, the diary of Lori Gottlieb in 1978, when, at age 11 and all evidence to the contrary, she decided she was too fat and simply stopped eating…”
Growing up in Beverly Hills in the 1970s, Lori Gottlieb learned the lessons her culture had to teach her—for example, that “no one could ever like a girl with thunder thighs.” Lori took those lessons seriously, and saw her world fall slowly apart as she developed a fierce reluctance to eat—winding up hospitalized when her “diet” took over her life. Fortunately, she recorded the journey in her diary, and her story is funny, slyly insightful, and surprisingly universal. A Los Angeles Times bestseller, Lori’s story is being made into a motion picture film by Martin Scorsese’s company, Carpo Productions.
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". Martin Scorsese's company, Carpo Productions, has purchased movie rights to Gottlieb's journal.
About the Author
Lori Gottlieb is the author of the national bestseller Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self
and a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, People, Slate, Self, Glamour, Elle, Salon,
and the Los Angeles Times
. She is also a frequent commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered
Table of Contents
Part One: Winter 1978
"Who Do You Think You Are, Young Lady?"
Captain of Justice
Real Women Don't Eat Dessert
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
If You Can Pinch an Inch
Level F, Section Pink
Facts and Figure
Don't Talk with Your Mouth Full
Chewing on Air
"Hello, Angels... It's Charlie"
E Is for Electrolyte
Part Three: Summer 1978
Life without Andy Gibb
Cutting the Fat
Do Not Resuscitate
You Can Never Be Too Rich or Too Thin