A Very Hungry Girl
"A Very Hungry Girl chronicles the journey of Jessica Weiner, who spent most of her life hungering to be someone else. She was so desperate to be accepted and valued that she spiraled into an eating disorder, experiencing the attendant lack of self-esteem that ruled--and almost ruined--her life.
Paperback, 217 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Hay House
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In the first part of the book, the author tells her own story (so interesting and well-written). The second part is full of stories from the road and is a bit preachy. The third covers steps you can take today to help people around you with eating disorders, addictions, and depression. They aren't lofty ideas. They are very practical things a person can do today to make a difference. I would like to hang out with the author and that isn't something I typically say after reading an autobiography....more
Wonderful! I gives me joy to know there are people like Jessica out there using their creativity, doing what they love, and changing the world at the same time. Especially for parents, present and future, books like these really help uncover the pressures on college students, teenagers, and even young ones. Honestly, times (and social pressures) change so quickly that if I am not making an effort to keep up I will have NO IDEA what it's like!
this book contained three sections: one about the author, another about her fellowships, and finally a self help section. i found the self help section to be a bit fortune cookie, however the rest was enthralling. self image issues seem to run rampant in everyone, not just women...and this book definately addressed this. i do not suffer from an eating disorder, but after finishing "a very hungry girl" i feel like i can better relate to women and men alike.
The author was an acquaintance of mine from my college days. She was an amazing young woman and I can remember seeing her one-woman show in the theatre department. I knew she was headed for big things...but imagine my surprise when I saw her on a talk show recently!!!!! The book was raw and honest with great insight.