The Pretty One

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Psychologist Dr. Emily Taylor seemed to have it all-she's thin, attractive, happily married with children, with a successful therapy practice and writing career-when she is interviewed on a major talk show to discuss her bestseller, Forgotten Intimacy. Novelist Jan Yager explores how success catapults Emily on a food binge. As her weight climbs over 200, Emily realizes she has to deal with the underlying causes to the compulsive overeating that she battles. This uplifting novel will forever impact how you view ...
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Overview

Psychologist Dr. Emily Taylor seemed to have it all-she's thin, attractive, happily married with children, with a successful therapy practice and writing career-when she is interviewed on a major talk show to discuss her bestseller, Forgotten Intimacy. Novelist Jan Yager explores how success catapults Emily on a food binge. As her weight climbs over 200, Emily realizes she has to deal with the underlying causes to the compulsive overeating that she battles. This uplifting novel will forever impact how you view your own or someone else's weight-related challenges.
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If clinical psychologist Dr. Emily Taylor seems confident when she appears on a talk show to discuss her latest best seller, it is only on the surface. At age 50, she's struggling with an eating disorder, obsessed with food, eating compulsively, and bingeing when her routine is disrupted. Her TV appearance and a trip to Europe send her spiraling further out of control. In order to change her patterns of self-destruction, Emily finally must face her past, one of sexual abuse and feelings of neglect. However, there is no clear indication why she finally overcomes her eating issues, or whether she actually succeeds for good. It's also amazing that a woman who is an emotional mess and distant from her own family is a clinical psychologist. She's a self-centered character, with little appeal. VERDICT Cold, unemotional, and lacking character development, this debut novel by the sociologist author of Friendshifts can't decide whether it's a self-help manual, a diary, or the story of a woman who succeeded despite herself. Not recommended.—Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889262703
  • Publisher: Hannacroix Creek Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/3/2010
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 0.46 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2010

    When the past affects the body.

    After reading the issues that plague Emily to the point of overeating, her determination to overcome them motivated me in my own quest for self-improvement. The amount of research and time Dr. Jan Yager put into this novel is appreciated the most when Emily finally reaches a state of harmony for both body and mind. I highly recommend The Pretty One to anyone who struggles with addictions or wishes to develop positive habits.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2010

    What a Journey!

    "The Pretty One" is a coming-of-age tale of one woman, Emily, a successful psychologist, who battles her family's misdeeds through her own very personal addiction to food and the comfort it brings. While, on the surface, this novel is about Emily's weight problem, this talented author is able to illustrate and examine the controversial and below-the-surface heart-wrenching situations that have caused Emily's addiction. Psychological gripping and pleasantly original, "The Pretty One" is an interesting and absorbing read. Highly recommended to anyone with any kind of addiction challenge, including overeating, as well as anyone who is looking for a great story.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Great Read, Great Lessons

    Dr. Yager's novel is wise, funny, and most of all - an inspiration to all of us who have struggled with behaviors we don't understand or desire until we make the journey. Emily makes the journey for us and gives a blueprint for others to follow. Definitely a great read with a heart wrenching message.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    WEIGHT WATCHERS

    I love Jan Yager's business books but didn't know what to expect when I got her novel. I was highly pleased as her main character Emily immediately captured my heart. Yager walks us through Emily's emotions from her success to her repressed memories of sexual abuse from her older brother. When Emily finally faces her demons and takes charge of her life, she steadily loses her unwanted weight and returns to her beautiful and successful self-the real Emily. Although I have never had a weight problem and thankfully never suffered sexual abuse, I had a friend who did. Being young, I couldn't quite grasp what my friend was going through with her food addiction. This book gave me such insight into her problem. I only wish that I could have read this book back then so that I could have better understood my friend and maybe I could have helped her.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    An absolutely necessary read for anyone who suffers from weight management, especially compulsive overeating, or self-esteem issues

    The Pretty One is a compassionate and compelling novel. It deals with some of the most common and yet most brutal difficulties women face. It is a book from which all readers, men and women, regardless of shape, size, age, or personal history, can learn. Emily's story is one of both struggle and growth, one which everyone can relate to because it revolves around crucial elements of identity: food and physical image; self control; and self love. This novel is an absolutely necessary read for anyone who suffers from weight management, especially compulsive overeating, or self-esteem issues, that is written by an experienced and caring professional. This story calls for change; it inspires readers to reach their full potential and to delve deeper into their own struggles and triumphs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2010

    When the past affects the body.

    After reading the issues that plague Emily to the point of overeating, her determination to overcome them motivated me in my own quest for self-improvement. The amount of research and time Dr. Jan Yager put into this novel is appreciated the most when Emily finally reaches a state of harmony for both body and mind. I highly recommend The Pretty One to anyone who struggles with addictions or wishes to develop positive habits.

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