Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia

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I’ve never had anorexia, but I know it well. I see it on the street, in the gaunt and sunken face, the bony chest, the spindly arms of an emaciated woman. I’ve come to recognize the flat look of despair, the hopelessness that follows, inevitably, from years of starvation. I think: That could have been my daughter. It wasn’t. It’s not. If I have anything to say about it, it won’t be.

In this emotionally resonant and compelling memoir, journalist and professor Harriet Brown takes ...

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Overview

I’ve never had anorexia, but I know it well. I see it on the street, in the gaunt and sunken face, the bony chest, the spindly arms of an emaciated woman. I’ve come to recognize the flat look of despair, the hopelessness that follows, inevitably, from years of starvation. I think: That could have been my daughter. It wasn’t. It’s not. If I have anything to say about it, it won’t be.

In this emotionally resonant and compelling memoir, journalist and professor Harriet Brown takes readers—moment by moment, spoonful by spoonful—through her family’s experience with the nightmare of anorexia. A guiding light for anyone touched by this devastating disease, Brave Girl Eating is essential reading for families and professionals alike.

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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061725487
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 158,778
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2010

    Fantastic! Outrageously and Surprisingly Moving!

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2010

    Must read! Very informative with evidence-based treatment

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    amazing

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Important for families too read

    as a person who suffers from an ED this book was memorable and helpful. I would recommend families to read it.

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    A must read

    This book is so amazing. It is great to see the story from the mothers point of view.

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