Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia

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A unique eating-disorder memoir written by a mother and daughter.

Unbeknownst to food critic Sheila Himmel-as she reviewed exotic cuisines from bistro to brasserie- her daughter, Lisa, was at home starving herself. Before Sheila fully grasped what was happening, her fourteen-year-old with a thirst for life and a palate for the flavors of Vietnam and Afghanistan was replaced by a weight-obsessed, antisocial, hundredpound nineteen-year-old. From anorexia to bulimia and back ...

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Overview

A unique eating-disorder memoir written by a mother and daughter.

Unbeknownst to food critic Sheila Himmel-as she reviewed exotic cuisines from bistro to brasserie- her daughter, Lisa, was at home starving herself. Before Sheila fully grasped what was happening, her fourteen-year-old with a thirst for life and a palate for the flavors of Vietnam and Afghanistan was replaced by a weight-obsessed, antisocial, hundredpound nineteen-year-old. From anorexia to bulimia and back again-many times-the Himmels feared for Lisa's life as her disorder took its toll on her physical and emotional well-being.

Hungry is the first memoir to connect eating disorders with a food-obsessed culture in a very personal way, following the stumbles, the heartbreaks, and even the funny moments as a mother-daughter relationship-and an entire family-struggles toward healing.

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Editorial Reviews

Juliet Wittman
This memoir will prove useful to those suffering from eating disorders, and their families will find it informative too.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425227909
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 813,743
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Himmel is an award-winning food critic, writer, and editor.

Lisa Himmel is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in American Studies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 A Very Bad Day 1

2 Foodies with Issues: How Sheila Met Ned and Planned to Eat Happily Ever After 7

3 Feed Me, I'm Yours 20

4 Growing Gourmets 27

5 Fat Girls, Husky Boys 45

6 Middle School and the Great Job 60

7 You Are What You Don't Eat 84

8 Roots of Anorexia: Lisa's Early Days and a Bit of History 102

9 High School 118

10 Our Big Nights 141

11 College 165

12 Relapse Spring: Warning Signs Prompt Action 182

13 Fetishes and Talismans: Desperate Parents 195

14 Treatment Centers and Their Aftermath 203

15 The Trouble with Experts 227

16 Ten Things We Learned About Eating Disorders 245

17 You Get to Sit Down 266

Acknowledgments 275

Sources 277

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

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    Why You SHOULD NOT Get This Book

    This book should be titled "Sheila Himmel is a Narcissist: Also Features a Few Chapters About Anorexia"

    They trick you into getting this book by starting off with an extreme story about Lisa going to the hospital after a binge/purge accident. "Great!" you think... "This story should be exciting!" WRONG!

    Sheila Himmel wrote about 70 percent of this book about her glorious job as a food critic, how she loves eating, how great her life is, and what joy she has with her husband. Lisa, her daughter, barely writes more than two chapters about her actual eating disorder.

    The only useful thing that comes from this book are in the last few pages in which Sheila and Lisa describe warning signs and tips on what to do if someone you know has an ED. If you're looking for helpful information, find other books. If you're looking for an interesting, gripping, thrilling or heart wrenching story, LOOK ELSEWHERE!

    TWO THUMBS DOWN!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2009

    Insightful

    This is a touching and insightful true story that lets the reader into the inner workings of both those who suffer with anorexia and bulimia and those who love them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Addilaide

    I made one ^~^

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Kenzie

    She looks up. "Hi." She murmured, then continued doing homework.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Jayden

    you realize ppl havent eaten here for a whole day?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Great book on a subject that touches more families than we think

    Great format by Sheila and Lisa Himmel. The chapters alternate authors, but it is not confusing. There is very honest sharing of emotions and situations around eating disorders. You could feel the scary, out of control situations that every parents hopes they will never be in, and can empathize with Sheila and her husband questioning every decision they were making regarding Lisa's eating disorder and getting help for her. It is a hard read, but a good read if you have any personal/family experience with eating disorders.

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