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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

National Novel Writing Month/Brave Girl Eating

November is National Novel Writing Month.  You pledge to write 50,000 words in November and by the end of the month, you have a novel!!!  I signed up today!  So I'm one day behind...who wants to join me!!!  Sign up here: (Must be 13 or older to sign up) and get to writing today!!!

I also finished a book!!! 

Brave Girl Eating is Adult Non-Fiction book (I know, adult and non-fiction!!!) about a girl struggling with anorexia.  The only reason I even picked it up was because from a far, I said to myself, why does this book cover look like twilight and why is it in the adult section.  Then I saw what it was about and decided to try it out!

It is written by the girls mother and alternates between Kitty's story and factual information about the disease.  I sort of skipped over all the medical mumbo jumbo because I was really only interested in the story of the girl.  It was good.  It was definitely interesting to see a factual case of anorexia instead of reading a fiction book.  I have read just about all the fiction books about anorexia and other eating disorders along with a big chunk of  technical non fiction books about eating disorders, but never have I read a story that combined an actual case of an eating disorder along with the technical information.  Check it out!!! (If you are interested in this topic):

"I've never had anorexia, but I know it well. I see it on the street, in the gaunt and sunken face, the bony chest, the spindly arms of an emaciated woman. I've come to recognize the flat look of despair, the hopelessness that follows, inevitably, from years of starvation. I think: That could have been my daughter. It wasn't. It's not. If I have anything to say about it, it won't be.

Millions of families are affected by eating disorders, which usually strike young women between the ages of fourteen and twenty. But current medical practice ties these families' hands when it comes to helping their children recover. Conventional medical wisdom dictates separating the patient from the family and insists that "it's not about the food," even as a family watches a child waste away before their eyes. Harriet Brown shows how counterproductive—and heartbreaking—this approach is by telling her daughter's story of anorexia. She describes how her family, with the support of an open-minded pediatrician and a therapist, helped her daughter recover using family-based treatment, also known as the Maudsley approach.

Chronicling her daughter Kitty's illness from the earliest warning signs, through its terrifying progression, and on toward recovery, Brown takes us on one family's journey into the world of anorexia nervosa, where starvation threatened her daughter's body and mind. But hope and love—of the ordinary, family-focused kind—shine through every decision and action she and her family took. Brave Girl Eating is essential reading for families and professionals alike, a guiding light for anyone who's coping with this devastating disease."

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