Food and Loathing

A Lament
Simon + Schuster Inc. (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 4. Februar 2003
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  • 304 Seiten
978-0-7432-6567-6 (ISBN)
Never before Food and Loathing has the intimate relationship between mood swings and food swings been so honestly chronicled. As a bright but chubby girl, Betsy Lerner believed that thinness was the key to success with friends and boys. By junior high, she had precisely divided the world of food into two camps: the dietetic and the forbidden. Becoming a member of the then-fledgling Overeaters Anonymous, she formed a cult-like devotion to the program and lost fifty pounds in a matter of months, only to gain it all back and more. "I am powerless over Hostess cakes," she writes, "and my life has become unmanageable."

Her twenties are marked by yo-yo dieting, depressive episodes, and a sadistic shrink who dubs her "the boy who cried wolf." Then, just as Lerner begins to realize her dream of becoming a writer, entering Columbia's prestigious MFA program, she spirals into a suicidal depression and lands at New York State Psychiatric Institute. There, a young doctor helps her take her first steps toward selfhood and unraveling the dual legacy of compulsion and depression.

A powerfully rendered story for anyone who has every wielded a fork in despair or calculated her worth on the morning scale.
  • Englisch
  • Riverside
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  • USA
rough front
  • 1,87 MB
978-0-7432-6567-6 (9780743265676)
weitere Ausgaben werden ermittelt
Betsy Lerner

One You Should Feel Lucky

Two My Lonely Country

Three The Watery Floor

Four Crying Wolf

Five The Most of It

Six Shooting the Moon

Seven Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Eight Watch Out Birds!

Nine Food and Loathing

Epilogue Starting Tomorrow

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