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Appetites by Caroline Knapp
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Dec 15, 2010

really liked it

Caroline Knapp writes so eloquently (if a bit redundantly) about the conflicting appetites of women. Her willingness to explore her own struggles (with eating disorders and alcoholism) is matched only by the quality of her interviews with other women. She gives name to so many emotions and feelings and beliefs shared by women, it's as if she is speaking for our collective soul. Even if you are one of the lucky ones who has not experienced such turbulence, you will immediately understand and recognize a friend or family member in the stories she tells. The poignancy of the battles described is only underscored by the fact that Ms. Knapp was lost too soon, to cancer, in her early 40s. I read her books and wish I could talk to her, ask her her opinion and advice. I guess these are the next best thing.
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