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Appetites by Caroline Knapp
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Nov 07, 07

bookshelves: ladystudies
Recommended for: women who would like a little bit of self-perspective
Read in September, 2005

my mind wizard recommended this to me and i was suspect, as i am not and have never been anorexic. this book blew me away - it's not so much about anorexia but about what women do to themselves to fill the emptiness that permeates their lives. the theme of hunger is not just about food but about the insatiable needs of love, understanding, respect, good relationships, meaningful work. you might starve yourself, gorge yourself, shop until you're drowning in debt, chainsmoke, be promiscuous, dedicate your life to your job, etc, and it's all just a symptom of the overarching problem of wanting. it's a slow read, but probably because you have to let it sink in. i hadn't read anything so intellectually stimulating since college and i keep recommending it to women i know who will find some truth in at least part of the book. the death of the writer (of lung cancer) before APPETITES' publication is truly sad.
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