Appetites: On the Search for True Nourishmentby Geneen Roth
Explores the process of questioning what was at the core of the authors own life, her ultimate return to good health, & the new & unexpected ways she found to nourish herself & those she has loved & worked with. Looks into womens friendships & what happens when they change; the longing for success & affirmation for ones work; the conflicting emotions a woman can have when she considers whether or not to have a child; the longing for a safe place to live & build toward the future. A story of friends & women with whom the author has worked as theyve questioned the meaning of success, thinness, friendship, & fulfillment.
According to Roth, women desire obsessivelya perfect body, success, loveinstead of embracing themselves as they are and appreciating what they already have. A woman who overeats, for example, may be trying to fill a void within herself, not realizing that she already has what she needs. Roth gives examples from her own life: Having obtained what she thought she wantedfame, a good man, a thin body, a life in scenic northern Californiashe still wasn't happy. Then she developed chronic fatigue syndrome and a vitamin deficiency that caused her hair to fall out, all of which made her realize that she should have appreciated her health while she had it. A series of chance disastersan earthquake, a fire that nearly burned her house downled her to understand that everything she has could easily be taken away, that her deepest satisfaction must come from herself. Though witty and lucid about her personal experience, Roth does, unfortunately, lapse into the occasional New Age, pseudo-Buddhist truism. Nor is it always obvious how particular parts of the narrative fit into her overall argument. Worse, the author can be downright maudlin: Anthropomorphic paeans to her cat's capacity for enlightened contentment, though mitigated by moments of self-mockery, get embarrassing after awhile.
Roth's lack of self-consciousness about her own privilege is an even larger problem. It is easy enough to preach about finding happiness within yourself when you have what you always wanted from the world. But those who haven't found love, fame, rewarding work, or money may be less than sympathetic to the spiritual struggles of the "woman who has everything" and still isn't satisfied.
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Meet 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.
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