Stick Figure - Lori Gottlieb (Paperback)

A Diary of My Former Self

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9781439148907
Department
Books
Released
17 Nov 2009
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Lori Gottlieb
Subtitle
A Diary of My Former Self
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Edition
Reprint
Language
English
Number of Pages
222
Dimensions
210 x 140 x 13mm (204g)

Annotation

Based on diaries written in 1978, when she was eleven years old, the author offers a chronicle of her battle with anorexia and the pressures from family, peers, and society that led her to starve herself.

Summary

Lori Gottlieb&;psychotherapist, national advice columnist, and New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone&;shares her &;gripping&; (The Boston Globe) chronicle of adolescent anorexia that &;stands out as a fresh, edgy take&;on that perilous time in a girl&;s life when she&;s no longer a child but not quite an adult (Entertainment Weekly).

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? Stick Figure takes the reader on a gripping journey, as Lori struggles to reclaim both her body and her spirit.

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, &;New York Times bestseller.&; Some secret.&;

Based on the author&;s childhood journals, Stick Figure is &;a smart, funny, compassionate&; (Entertainment Weekly) tale that delivers an engrossing glimpse into the mind of a girl in transition to adulthood and a powerful cautionary tale about the dangers of living up to society&;s expectations.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Biography/Autobiography
BISAC Subject 1
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
BISAC Subject 2
Psychology / Psychopathology / Eating Disorders
BISAC Subject 3
Self-Help / Eating Disorders
Library Subject 1
Anorexia nervosa; Patients; Biography.
Dewey Classification
616.85/2630092

Author Bio

Gottlieb, Lori: - Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author who writes The Atlantic's weekly "Dear Therapist" advice column. A contributing editor at The Atlantic, she also writes regularly for The New York Times, and has appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, and NPR. Learn more at LoriGottlieb.com or by following her @LoriGottlieb1 on Twitter.