Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia

Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia

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by Harriet Brown
     
 

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“One of the most up to date, relevant, and honest accounts of one family’s battle with the life threatening challenges of anorexia. Brown has masterfully woven science, history, and heart throughout this compelling and tender story.”
—Lynn S. Grefe, Chief Executive Officer, National Eating Disorders Association

“As a woman who

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“One of the most up to date, relevant, and honest accounts of one family’s battle with the life threatening challenges of anorexia. Brown has masterfully woven science, history, and heart throughout this compelling and tender story.”
—Lynn S. Grefe, Chief Executive Officer, National Eating Disorders Association

“As a woman who once knew the grip of a life-controlling eating disorder, I held my breath reading Harriet Brown’s story. As a mother of daughters, I wept for her. Then cheered.”
—Joyce Maynard, author of Labor Day

In Brave Girl Eating, the chronicle of a family’s struggle with anorexia nervosa, journalist, professor, and author Harriet Brown recounts in mesmerizing and horrifying detail her daughter Kitty’s journey from near-starvation to renewed health. Brave Girl Eating is an intimate, shocking, compelling, and ultimately uplifting look at the ravages of a mental illness that affects more than 18 million Americans.

Editorial Reviews

Joyce Maynard
“As a woman who once knew the grip of a life-controlling eating disorder, I held my breath reading Harriet Brown’s story. As a mother of daughters, I wept for her. Then cheered.”
Lynn S. Grefe
“One of the most up to date, relevant and honest accounts of one family’s battle with the life threatening challenges of anorexia. Brown has masterfully woven science, history and heart throughout this compelling and tender story. Brave Girl Eating was fortunate to have one brave family.”
Audrey Niffenegger
“Harriet Brown is an intelligent, elegant writer and this book offers both solace and useful information for families struggling with eating disorders.”
Evelyn Attia
“What sets this book apart is the author’s incorporation of clinical research findings from the field of eating disorders into the story of one family’s struggle . . . [A] compelling story of family strength and an inspiring story for all of us committed to treating individuals with eating disorders.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061725487
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
197,559
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Audrey Niffenegger
“Harriet Brown is an intelligent, elegant writer and this book offers both solace and useful information for families struggling with eating disorders.”
Lynn S. Grefe
“One of the most up to date, relevant and honest accounts of one family’s battle with the life threatening challenges of anorexia. Brown has masterfully woven science, history and heart throughout this compelling and tender story. Brave Girl Eating was fortunate to have one brave family.”
Joyce Maynard
“As a woman who once knew the grip of a life-controlling eating disorder, I held my breath reading Harriet Brown’s story. As a mother of daughters, I wept for her. Then cheered.”

Meet the Author

Harriet Brown is a regular contributor to the New York Times and also has written for O, Redbook, Psychology Today, and other publications. Her previous books include Feed Me!, which is also the title of her popular blog that covers food, weight, and body image (harrietbrown.blogspot.com).

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Brave Girl Eating 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a random "pick-me-up" in B&N, and I was simply enticed by the mock cover of Twilight, but I read the back of the book, and from my experience having Bulimia, I immediately wanted to read this book. I initially wanted to read it for "thinspiration" as another story of an anorexia sufferer. But as I got further and further into the book, I started to recover along with Kitty, the author's daughter. And this book made me see my eating disorder through the eyes of a mother, my mother in essence. Come the last page of the epilogue, I was in tears and I felt like I had relieved my past, and that I CAN recover. This book has literally saved my life in many ways and has made recovering from an ED so much real. I recommend this book to any daughter or son with an ED, mother or father of an ED afflicted child, or sibling and family member. In general, this book should be read to help any ED stricken family recover, emotionally and spiritually.
Laura-Michelle More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone concerned about an eating disorder. It debunks the inaccurate and unsubstantiated theories/guesses (such as parents caused the eating disorder - nope) of previous therapists with research and details the Maudsley Family Based Therapy currently practiced in Europe, Canada, and Australia. Traditional treatment of talking with a therapist is costly but in more than just dollars - your child's life is at stake. Anorexia is a scary disease with a high mortality rate. Early detection and intervention with a therapy that works is essential. I used this book to convince my husband that this was the therapy to use with our daughter. As she lost more and more weight with the dietitian and therapist, he finally agreed. Our daughter is now gaining weight and on her way to recovery. Unfortunately, the number of eating disorders is rising. I am so appreciate of this book for its message especially. I hope in the future the Maudsley method is the first line of defense for families. Currently, most families are like us . . . we only discover it after years of struggle. There are many other books that are helpful such as: Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder by Dr. Lock - if you choose only one book, this is the one, My Kid is Back, Give Food a Chance by Dr. Julie O'Toole, Answers to Anorexia by Dr. James Greenblatt, Off the C.U.F.F. (from Duke University by Nancy Zucker), Feeding Your Anorexic Adolescent, and Eating with Your Anorexic (Laura Collins) that are helpful. If you're reading this review, you are likely in need of much support and information that truly works. Best wishes on this difficult journey!
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Brave Girl Eating is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families
Libby Jennings More than 1 year ago
Most books about eating disorders seem to be triggering, however this book shared more about the recovery process. It was insightful and it gave me hope!
eep More than 1 year ago
as a person who suffers from an ED this book was memorable and helpful. I would recommend families to read it.
AymTru 9 months ago
I learned so much from this book and that was unexpected. The author thoroughly researched her subject. She had a vested interest, yes, her daughter's health. But it was more than that. In her quest to help her daughter, she gives the reader so much more to think on. Things that help explain some moments of my life and I am assuming moments of others' lives. Especially everything about the brain and how it is affected by the bodies own chemistry. Especially in the throes of starvation. But these lessons apply elsewhere and have been personally helpful to myself and events in my own family's history. This book may have a little something for just about anyone and it is a book that I highly recommend. It is well researched and well written. My most heartfelt best wishes to the author's family and to anyone else who has had to live through or is currently living through this experience.
Anonymous 12 months ago
You don't have to have had a family member with anorexia to find this fascinating reading. In addition to her own family's story, she intersperses theory, science, and history of eating disorders, nutrition, and the way the brain is affected by food, hunger, and starvation and makes it accessible to those of us who are not science-savvy. She also gives us the story of just how difficult thieir experience was and how the disease continues to frighten. Definitely must reading for anyone facing an eating disorder in someone close, intersting for all.
dissocme More than 1 year ago
Judging a book by it's cover: can't wait to read this book as eating apples was all i had allowed myself to eat.
Jordyn16 More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing. It is great to see the story from the mothers point of view.
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