Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Here's a list of books on random subjects. (mostly about disordered people) Yay!

Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman - a book promoting vegetarian/veganism, not horribly triggering b/c the foods listed are all extremely healthy. Comes with a few recipes, although no cooking instructions (huh). Good for general knowledge of healthy eating.

Halfway House by Katharine Noel - a fiction book about a 17 year old that has bipolar disorder, goes nuts, and struggles to be normal.

Wasted by Marya Hornbacher - a personal favorite eating disorders novel, vividly descriptive and practically provides step-by-step instructions for the eating disordered.

Second Star to the Right by Deborah Hautzig - a work of fiction based on the author's life with anorexia.

The Book of Qualities by J. Ruth Gendler - this small book was published in 1984. It is simply a book of qualities that people may have or experience. It's interesting cause each page introduces you to a quality as though the quality were a person. (it's somewhat similar to personifying Ana or Mia) This has been helpful for me in identifying certain qualities within myself. Examples of qualities presented are: fear, power, beauty, competition, change, pain, charm. Every few pages there is an illustration of this "person".

Augusten Burroughs has written several books, sorts of memoirs. It's a good read if you want to hear a guy's quirky take on his messed up childhood and simply queer life.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - a fictional book about a girl with anorexia/obsessions, published in 2009. Simply fantastic. Anderson stays very true to the eating disordered, while neither promoting nor condoning the lifestyle.

The Best Little Girl in the World - this book disappointed me, perhaps because it was written from the doctor's perspective, and because Kessa was not an individual, but a composite of cases the doctor had treated. It was frankly, boring to read.


Ana's Girl said...

I love Wasted and Wintergirls--especially Wintergirls. Thanks for the suggestions on other good books. I'm going to have to check them out.

Samantha said...

Those are definitely my two favorites as well. I've got a few more books, but I don't want to list them if I haven't read them!

heebeejebus! said...

The Book of Qualities sounds awesome. Oh dear I need to get a job so I can afford booksss! : )

I'm glad I found your blog. Following now. : )

Samantha said...

I buy books before clothes!

Tri Thin said...

Eat to Live is the only one of the list I haven't read so of course I'll have to look into it! Thank you! I'm excited to walk into the library with an actual book in mind instead of just aimlessly pulling something off the shelf again :)

Anonymous said...

Wasted is amazing. I don't think it had quite the effect Marya intended; it seems to have become the pro-ana handbook.

Check out She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.