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Library JournalBoth writers and women who have struggled with eating disorders (ED), Alexander and Sangster draw from their combined years of personal experience and the stories of contributors to describe the internal dialog of negative, destructive thoughts that ED sufferers commonly experience. They provide examples of both clinical and conversational exchanges, written in the vernacular of social media, to shed light on the communication pitfalls encountered by well-meaning friends and family who don’t realize their words can be misinterpreted or even provocative to sufferers who speak a different language. Although this easy-to-read book does an excellent job as a comprehensive resource and offers clear-cut explanations for a complex mental illness, its focus is less on the cultural aspects of the disorder than, for example, Mary Pipher’s Reviving Ophelia. Rather, it focuses on understanding the eating disorder “voice,” thus improving communication and breaking down barriers to recovery.
Verdict Included tips from survivors of the disorder are especially insightful and helpful. Families and friends affected by eating disorders should benefit from this book.—Linda Petty, Wimberley, TX
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