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Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year [NOOK Book]

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A scholar and bride-to-be spends a year without mirrors to get a better view of what really matters

When Kjerstin Gruys became engaged, she was thrilled—until it was time to shop for a wedding dress. Having overcome an eating disorder years before, Gruys found herself struggling to maintain a positive self-image; so she decided to refocus her attention. Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall charts Gruys’s awakening as she vows to give up mirrors and ...
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Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year

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Overview

A scholar and bride-to-be spends a year without mirrors to get a better view of what really matters

When Kjerstin Gruys became engaged, she was thrilled—until it was time to shop for a wedding dress. Having overcome an eating disorder years before, Gruys found herself struggling to maintain a positive self-image; so she decided to refocus her attention. Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall charts Gruys’s awakening as she vows to give up mirrors and other reflective surfaces, relying on friends and her fiancé to help her gauge both her appearance and outlook on life. The result? A renewed focus on what truly matters, regardless of smeared makeup or messy hair. With humorous and poignant scenes from Gruys’ life, Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall sparks important conversations about body image and reclaiming the power to define beauty.



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It's impossible to read even past the subtitle of this book without wondering whether we too could stop looking at mirrors for a whole year. (Wouldn't we be tempted at least to sneak peeks at our reflections in shop windows?) But Mirror, Mirror off the Wall is not about an attempt to make a Guinness record, but about one former anorexic woman's brave and successful plan to change the focus of her life. That she began the project just after she became engaged sharpens both our sense of her achievement and our sense of how common body image self-esteem problems are among women today. Editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
In this brave and inspiring work, Gruys challenges long-held cultural cues about female beauty. After recovering from an eating disorder, the author set out to show—guided by her volunteer work at About Face, a San Francisco nonprofit organization, and her pursuit of a Ph.D. in sociology at U.C.L.A.—that true beauty is anything but skin deep. She vowed to not look in a mirror—or any reflective surface—for a year, and to document how this decision affected the way she related to her fiancé and to the world at large, writing a blog about the experience to keep herself accountable. Gruys’s project is especially admirable given that her wedding occurred during the year in question (and weddings have been known to make even the most humble woman become image-obsessed). Gruys admits to her all-too-human insecurities and describes her sometimes-difficult effort to live life without defining herself through beauty. Her story encourages others to do the same. This book should be required reading for those women who struggle with body-image issues—and even those who don’t. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101609057
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/2/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 490,591
  • File size: 567 KB

Meet the Author

Kjerstin Gruys has served as a market researcher and merchant in the fashion industry and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at UCLA. Her research focuses on the relationship between gender inequality and beauty standards.
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  • Posted May 2, 2013

    I've been waiting for this book to come out since I'm a fan of t

    I've been waiting for this book to come out since I'm a fan of the author's blog.  I thought it might be a collection of some of her most popular blog posts but it was so much more!  I'm recommending this book to every woman I know.  With the bright pink cover you might think it's a girly girl fluff piece, but So. Not. True.  The author presents some interesting research along with her entertaining story about shunning mirrors for a year.  Really made me think about the beauty culture and the impact it has on the self-esteem of young girls and women of all ages.  A really great story that held my interest throughout and made me laugh out loud a couple times too!    

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    This book was bought for me by my boyfriend. I havent read it al

    This book was bought for me by my boyfriend. I havent read it all. I am getting through it and finding it incredibly hard to set down. I want to read constantly. This book left me feeling inspired to get a grip on my own body image and start looking at subjects presented in this more closely. I love that this book is relatable and easy to read yet you can tell she was an educated women who is human and struggles like everyone else. I have since looked in the mirror and really looked hard at what I look like. I am a beautiful woman, I am strong, and I refuse to look in the mirror with negative thoughts about my body. After all, Kjrestin Gruys reminded me that the body is an amazing thing....it does incredible things like hug, make art and play sports. I will be recommending this to everyone I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Jmf

    Initially interesting,but i expected much more insight. There are way too many elaborate details of clothes shopping forays; it made me wonder if she is being compensated for naming her favorite stores. I appreciate the effort it took to successfully achieve her goal, but the ubiquitous references to her drinking and fashion obsession became boring. Considering her credentials, i expected something more substantial. If you are not a shopaholic party girl you may feel the same way.

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