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One young woman's account of her descent into and ultimate struggle out of anorexia. This is an unflinching look into her severe eating disorder; she writes objectively about the madness of anorexia even as she lives within its grasp. A must read for those who suffer from severe eating disorders as well as anyone who has a loved one suffering from it. One young woman's account of her descent into and ultimate struggle out of anorexia. This is an unflinching look into her severe eating disorder; she writes objectively about the madness of anorexia even as she lives within its grasp. A must read for those who suffer from severe eating disorders as well as anyone who has a loved one suffering from it.


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One young woman's account of her descent into and ultimate struggle out of anorexia. This is an unflinching look into her severe eating disorder; she writes objectively about the madness of anorexia even as she lives within its grasp. A must read for those who suffer from severe eating disorders as well as anyone who has a loved one suffering from it. One young woman's account of her descent into and ultimate struggle out of anorexia. This is an unflinching look into her severe eating disorder; she writes objectively about the madness of anorexia even as she lives within its grasp. A must read for those who suffer from severe eating disorders as well as anyone who has a loved one suffering from it.

30 review for Running on Empty: A Diary of Anorexia and Recovery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liralen

    I missed my old life, and the only way to find my way back was to close my eyes, grit my teeth, and gain the weight. I didn't have to like it. I just had to do it. (page 143) The author says early on that what sets her book apart from other memoirs on the topic is that she talks not only about being sick but about how she got better. I'm not sure this is entirely true -- she does talk about getting better, but the focus is still on anorexia rather than recovery. I get the impression that she was I missed my old life, and the only way to find my way back was to close my eyes, grit my teeth, and gain the weight. I didn't have to like it. I just had to do it. (page 143) The author says early on that what sets her book apart from other memoirs on the topic is that she talks not only about being sick but about how she got better. I'm not sure this is entirely true -- she does talk about getting better, but the focus is still on anorexia rather than recovery. I get the impression that she was still finding her footing as a writer, and while I found the book intensely quotable, there's still an identification with illness that's hard to shake. She's nuanced about it, though, recognising that identification. I had a tough time finding this one, and her more recent stuff is both easier to find and more complex. Not a standout, then, but at least well done and, again, quotable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Janine Darragh

    When I put 4 stars, it's not that I really liked it, but that I think it is a harrowing, horrifying, realistic depiction of the complexity of the diseases anorexia, bulemia, and OCD. I also appreciated the doctor's note at the beginning, the extensive bibliography at the end, the author's admission that she is still on her recovery journey, and her hopes that this book would not read like a manual for others struggling with the disease. I think this would be a wonderful text to use as a case stu When I put 4 stars, it's not that I really liked it, but that I think it is a harrowing, horrifying, realistic depiction of the complexity of the diseases anorexia, bulemia, and OCD. I also appreciated the doctor's note at the beginning, the extensive bibliography at the end, the author's admission that she is still on her recovery journey, and her hopes that this book would not read like a manual for others struggling with the disease. I think this would be a wonderful text to use as a case study for discussion for counselors-in-training.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    It was a good book but, like another reviewer said, there seemed to be a lot of fillers, especially at the end. It doesn't cover recovery a whole lot though, because she has a lot of relapses, but then again, that's the nature of AN. It was a good book but, like another reviewer said, there seemed to be a lot of fillers, especially at the end. It doesn't cover recovery a whole lot though, because she has a lot of relapses, but then again, that's the nature of AN.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Roanne

    Local girl and Marya Hornbacher wanna-be. I wanted to like this more, but why do most of these books dissolve into a platitudes?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    About 25 pages too long. That was filler to make this book long enough to publish.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cat

  7. 4 out of 5

    Derrick Gilmore

  8. 5 out of 5

    Orieyenta

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashlie

  12. 4 out of 5

    Reva

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily Kitsch

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dorian

  18. 5 out of 5

    Noah

  19. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  20. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brynna

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Watkins March

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shley McNeal

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  27. 5 out of 5

    Els

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gina Jones

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bev Mattocks

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hamda

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