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Solitaire: The Compelling Story of a Young Woman Growing up in America and Her Triumph over Anorexia

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Solitaire is the ground-breaking first-hand account of a young girl's passage through anorexia nervosa. Aimee Liu's true account is also a portrait of middle-class adolescence in early 1970s America.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by (first published 1979)
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Jul 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
I read this book after reading Gaining, by the same author. Solitaire was a severe disappointment. There was no drive to the actual writing, the narrative wasn't compelling, and I came away with very little understanding of the reasons behind her illness. Most importantly, the resolution took place in a matter of a few pages, in an aha-now-I-am-magically-healed type of way that made me go, "Uh-huh. Right."
Emily Crow
I first read this book, about the author's struggles with (and apparently spontaneous recovery from) anorexia many years ago. I can clearly remember the circumstances in which I read it. I was in training at a military base in Texas, eating as little as possible and running the six mile perimeter every day. In other words, during one of my own anorexic phases. At the time, I didn't much like this book. I thought it was stilted and contrived, although the only part I clearly remembered was the de ...more
Feb 19, 2017 added it
Read sometime in the academic year of 2005-2006.
Although the book vividly portrayed what the life of a young person struggling with anorexia is like, the ending was very weak. After years of struggling with self-image and insecurity, the author described having a revelation one day while in her first year of college that led her to see everything differently and change her life completely. This was hard to understand since many girls have to go through therapy and sometimes even hospitalization to recover from this disorder. I felt the author ...more
Emily Coffey
I read this book for my American Lit class hoping it would maybe shed some light on eating disorders. Unfortunately, it turned out to be more of a personal autobiography about Aimee Liu's struggle with anorexia. I would say it is a pretty good book, but wasn't necessarily what I needed for my project. It is eye opening and very raw and real in what her daily routine was while battling anorexia. I could tell and felt it was very personal story and it would have been no easy task for her to write ...more
Meg Beiler
A little lack luster, pretty much your typical eating disorder memoir. Liu's second book "Gaining" was much much better and was full of hope in recovery. Reading the back story in "Solitaire" was important though.
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it
The memoir of a woman who struggled with anorexia. Published in 1979 but didn't seem dated. She's a good writer, so it was easy to read. She's written a more recent book so I might read that one as well.
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Aimee Liu is a best-selling novelist, essayist, and nonfiction author based in Los Angeles.

Her most recent book is GAINING: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, published by Warner Books, February, 2007. Drawing on her own history of anorexia as well as interviews with more than forty other former anorexics and bulimics, Liu picks up her exploration of recovery where she ended her acclaime