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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385347804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385347808
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hysterical! Mark Rosenberg is the gay, Jewish love child of Ignatius J. Reilly and Chelsea Handler."
--Alison Arngrim, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Prairie Bitch

About the Author

MARK BRENNAN ROSENBERG is the author of Blackouts and Breakdowns and writes the blog The Single Life. He currently resides in New York City and is single--so if you know of anyone, let him know.

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In my opinion, this book lacked tact and just didn't fit my idea of good humor.
Mandy Payne
Rosenberg has a very unique way of taking every day situations and feelings (sometimes feelings that are not funny at all) and making them absolutely hilarious.
S. Slifer
I felt like bad things were sometimes justified, and I didn't like that feeling.
Jennifer Miller

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alan Dorfman VINE VOICE on July 7, 2013
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Mark Brennan Rosenberg's memoir "Eating My Feelings: Tales of Overeating, Underperforming and Coping with My Crazy Family" is a light, breezy, fitfully funny book that has the substance of cotton candy and is as easily digested. It is a perfect book for the beach.

Unfortunately it is also schizophrenic. If you pick up the book looking for the tales promised by the title, you'll be done reading halfway through the volume.

The remainder of the book is the writer's search for a boyfriend in the Big Apple. The scrappy, belligerent kid you root for in the first section because he has a clear enemy devolves into a remarkably unlikeable, shallow slacker that is the complete stereotype of the gay, urban party boy more concerned with appearances than substance, just like his best friend Ron. Quite simply, the bad behavior that is humorous in the first half of the book is just annoying the rest of the way. I no longer rooted for him because he essentially gets what's coming to him.

Mark Brennan Rosenberg is a perfectly serviceable memoirist who can turn a phrase and make fun of himself at the drop of a keystroke. "Eating My Feelings: Tales of Overeating, Underperforming and Coping with My Crazy Family" is an enjoyable quick read. The biggest problem is that now that I've read his memoir and gotten to know him, I really don't WANT to know him. This is not how I've felt after reading such other gay memoirists as Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris and Josh Kilmer-Purcell. Mr. Rosenberg, in that sense, has big footprints to follow which I'm sure he eventually will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. WIlliams TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 23, 2013
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As someone with my own body image issues, I've read quite a few humorous memoirs that focused on weight, but almost all by women. This similar, but slightly askew, tale from the perspective of an out gay man started so strong I really wanted to love it, but by the end I was feeling more depressed than amused. Oh and, just FYI, it's not very much about food ... Rosenberg's problems go much deeper than his pant size.

The story of Mark Rosenberg's growing up gay and chubby with a domineering stepmother and a host of loud, crazy relatives that makes up the first half of this book and is frequently laugh-out-loud hilarious. Yes, the overabundance of F-bombs seemed a little over-the-top, but the fast-pace and sharp writing more than made up for it. I'm no prude--and my family gatherings can get a little R-rated for language as well--but at some points the endless stream of curse words felt like they there just trying to shock. We get it, you're profane. It's not the exciting, or unique or special. (I'm off the opinion that while the words don't offend me, the rampant use of them does show a lack of creativity and, in many cases, intellect.)

So, I was mostly loving and laughing with Rosenberg, but his adult life, which includes serious depression and rampant drug use, just made me sad. I found it hard to laugh with him, when it felt more like laughing at him and there was simply just nothing funny about where he was emotionally and physically. I just wanted him to get help, get well and get off the self-destructive merry-go-round that wasn't even slightly amusing.

Rosenberg can definitely write, and I hesitated between three or four stars for this one, because even when I didn't really like him very much, I was still rooting for him. I hope he is better now, as he says, and has found a more fulfilling life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jill on August 10, 2013
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If Mark Rosenberg knows about one thing, it's messed up families and hilarious situations. Using humor, he talks about his lifelong struggle with weight, drugs, relationships and so much more with the flair and sassy attitude that only a gay man residing in New York City can deliver. Eating My Feelings is a collection of nonfiction essays spanning over his life, from childhood to recent years, and each one is as laugh-out-loud funny as the first.

I didn't really know what to expect out of this book when I got it. The title (and the rainbow sprinkles) initially drew me in, since I eat my feelings and have a pretty broken family. When I found out he was gay? Even better. As a member of the LGBT community, I'm always looking to read more books from that view point. Though I wasn't sure about the essays format, I am so glad that I gave this book a shot.

Straight up, if you're a prude or have a problem with profanity or LGBT themes, put this book down. It's not for you. However, if you find drunken debauchery and swearing like a trucker to be part of your regular routine, welcome to the club and grab a copy. As well as being unapologetically crass and giggle-snort worthy, Mark writes with a certain type of blunt honesty that I have to adore, and that made the stories that much more real to the reader.

Stories that unless you come from such a family, seem surreal. Whether talking about his evil stepmother swindling him into a fat camp, his love of a one-eyed dog, or even preparatory blizzard binges on fast food, there's a sense of "you couldn't make that s- up."

Granted, I relate to this book in a number of ways: the pudgy childhood, the homosexuality, the yelling loud obscenities at various relatives in public.
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