Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia
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Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Berkley Books (first published 2009)
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Deb
*Eating away the family*

Without a doubt, _Hungry_ shows how eating disorders are truly family affairs. A fascinating and compelling read, the book primarily offers a mother's-eye-view of the devastation her daughter's eating disorders inflict on the family. Of course, it's easy to be an armchair therapist when reading this book and cringe at some of the decisions, comments, and interpretations mother Shiela made while dealing with daughter Lisa's eating disorders. But, to do so would take away...more
Caprice Procarione
Oct 28, 2012 Caprice Procarione rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Caprice by: No One
Excellent book! I would definitely recommend since it gives the reader an insight into the world of one woman and her family's fight with anorexia. An eating disorder not only affects the person inflicted with the "disease" but also all those loved ones surrounding that individual.

While reading this book I became attached to the characters. You feel the emotions along side with them and for them: anger, worry, happiness, sadness, confusion, etc. You learn not only the symptoms but the complicat...more
Jen
The beginning of this book starts off slow, and the first 100 pages or so are mostly about the mothers career, which I did not find that interesting. The rest of the book alternates between Lisa (the daughter) and Sheila's (the mother) viewpoints as Sheila swings in and out of her eating disorder- mostly from Sheila. I did not think that this was a good depiction of how torturous living with an eating disorder truly is to the disorder, and a lot of things seemed to be talked about almost redunda...more
Anthony Faber
A story of a daughter's eating disorder. I don't know where I got this recommended from, but it wasn't really my cup of tea.
Meg Marie
I really enjoyed this book (as much as you can enjoy a book about a family's suffering?) It's not just a story of their family, it's also a well researched book about America's history with food and restaurants and the rise of eating disorders. The mom writes the majority of the book, and her writing is clear and insightful (she's also a former journalist, and it shows.) The daughter's portion includes parts from her diary and an astonishing honesty about her illness.
Sarah
Decent. I think the mother is incorrect in her premise that a food-obsessed culture is primarily to blame for the rise in eating disorders. Nonetheless, Himmel writes well and her candidness is appreciated. I thought the daughter's contributions to the book paled in comparison. I found her to be a self-absorbed little brat but then, that's the crux of someone with an eating disorder. Parents deserve better than crappy anorexic children.
Jill
Ive read several books on ED, and this is one of my favorites. I think it shares a unique perspective as the mother makes, rather made, her living from food, as her daughter struggled with anorexia and then bulimia. I though there was also an interesting balance as the mother and daughters voices are both heard.
Amanda
Moderately interesting--probably particularly so for parents of those with eating disorders. Author includes some words of wisdom for parents coping. Story-wise, the timeline seemed scattered & kept jumping around. Some parts were repetitive or reiterated in other chapters. Just okay.
Olivia
This book is an account from a mother and daughter about a family struggling to deal with the daughter's eating disorder. It is also about foodyism and food obsession in our society. It is not overly sentimental which is refreshing in anything that deals with this topic.
Grace
I found this fascinating, but I was a little frustrated by the dominance of the mother's voice. I would have liked to hear more from the daughter.
Sammy
To be honest I only got a few chapters into this book. It wasn't what I was looking for and wasn't what the synopsis makes it seem like.
Gina
I appreciate their honesty, but I didn't like that it wasn't completely chronologically organized. It jumped around too much for me.
Allison
the writing was pretty good, and the mother's perspective was interesting, but I wanted to hear more from the daughter.
Sarah
Too much of the mom talking about her food writing job in the first half
Eva
Gave up on this book just a few pages in.
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Sheila Himmel is an award-winning food critic, writer and editor. As restaurant critic for the San Jose Mercury News, she despaired when her daughter, Lisa, developed severe eating disorders. Together they wrote an article for the paper, and now the book, Hungry. "
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