Great Eating Disorder Books

A Listmania! list by Embracing Disorder "Danielle" (USA, Ohio)
The list author says: "I have had an eating disorder for a while but I havenít been reading books on it until recently. I had gotten the idea of reading ED literature when I found a reading list on a pro - Ana web site. I have long since finished all the books on the list and am now on my own in searching for more. Reading these books has helped me so much. Iíve gotten tips, motivation and many of the characters have become my role-models."
Thin
1.  Thin by Lauren Greenfield
The list author says:
  "This was very informational and inspiring for me. This is the only book I know of with so many pictures."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

The Best Little Girl in the World
2.  The Best Little Girl in the World by Steven Levenkron
The list author says:
  "I couldnít put this book down. The main character Kessa had one of the most extreme cases of anorexia. I admired her strength in never giving into food no matter how strong her carnal desires were (and she was severely emaciated so they were very strong)."
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Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too
3.  Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too by Jenni Schaefer
The list author says:
  "This book was written by a young woman who suffered mostly with anorexia and itís in small sections to make it easier to read.
I found the sections talking about when she was really skinny to be thinspirational but for the most part this book helped me to understand my eating disorder which is crucial if you want to have control over it."
$12.06   Used & New from: $2.52
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

The Golden Cage: The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa, with a New Foreword by Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D.
4.  The Golden Cage: The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa, with a New Foreword by Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D. by Hilde Bruch
The list author says:
  "This is pretty much a textbook on anorexia. It helped me to understand anorexia more and how to be a better one. Also I enjoyed the stories of some of Bruch's patients."
$19.20   Used & New from: $0.50
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Conversations with Anorexics:  A Compassionate and Hopeful Journey through the Therapeutic Process
5.  Conversations with Anorexics: A Compassionate and Hopeful Journey through the Therapeutic Process by Hilde Bruch
The list author says:
  "This is pretty much another textbook on anorexia. I liked the short stories on Bruch's patients but other than that it was pretty boring."
$36.63   Used & New from: $3.75
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Wasted : A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
6.  Wasted : A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher
The list author says:
  "When I read this book I realized how much in common I had with Marya and that I could also switch from bulimia to anorexia just like she did (I was a non-purging exercising bulimic). Two of her most extreme episodes with anorexia (specifically her last) were so inspiring"
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ANA'S GIRLS: The Essential Guide to the Underground Eating Disorder Community Online
7.  ANA'S GIRLS: The Essential Guide to the Underground Eating Disorder Community Online by Eda Uca
The list author says:
  "This was a thinspirational book with a lot of the same information you would find on a pro-ana web site. It also has some great literature from girls with eating disorders."
$13.46   Used & New from: $5.55
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Life Inside the "Thin" Cage: A Personal Look into the Hidden World of the Chronic Dieter
8.  Life Inside the "Thin" Cage: A Personal Look into the Hidden World of the Chronic Dieter by Constance Rhodes
The list author says:
  "Constance Rhodes had switched from bulimia to anorexia. I found this book to be informational and the retrospection of the authorís experience with anorexia to be thinpirational."
$13.49   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

The Passion of Alice
9.  The Passion of Alice by Stephanie Grant
The list author says:
  "I really enjoyed reading this book.

Even though the book's main character is an anorexic there are also charaters with bulimia, bulimarexia and compulsive over eating disorder."
$16.39   Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Diary of an Anorexic Girl
10.  Diary of an Anorexic Girl by Morgan Menzie
The list author says:
  "Morgan Menzie wrote this book based on her struggle with anorexia. I did find it inspirational but she is pretty young (I think 12) so it was hard to identify with her at times."
$11.05   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

The Hunger Scream
11.  The Hunger Scream by Ivy Ruckman
The list author says:
  "I loved this book, it was very thinspirational and it was even better that the main character was my height (5'7) and she shared her statistics throughout the book. At times I knew how long she ran, her weight, her pants size and how many calories she consumed."
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The Echo Glass: A Novel about Anorexia Nervosa
12.  The Echo Glass: A Novel about Anorexia Nervosa by Heather Morrall
The list author says:
  "This book was okay, it was inpirational at time but the first half of the book could've been better written.
At her worst, the main character was only about 10-15 pounds underweight so it was more realistic. Also she was pretty young, I think about 12 yrs. old."
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Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa
13.  Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
The list author says:
  "This book is very informational about the history of eating disorders. I just read certain parts of it looking up interesting subjects in the index."
$12.59   Used & New from: $0.15
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

From Fasting Saints to Anorexic Girls: The History of Self-Starvation
14.  From Fasting Saints to Anorexic Girls: The History of Self-Starvation by Walter Vandereycken
The list author says:
  "This book is mostly on ancient anorexics such as women in the medieval times who claimed to live on air alone. Itís an interesting book but if you want a more modern history of anorexia you should check out "Fasting Girls"."
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Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self
15.  Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self by Lori Gottlieb
The list author says:
  "This is one of my favorite. This is a true story of a young girl who had an extreme case of anorexia which (I think) lasted for a year."
$10.87   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

My Sister's Bones
16.  My Sister's Bones by Cathi Hanauer
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Eve's Apple: A Novel
17.  Eve's Apple: A Novel by Jonathan Rosen
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

I Am an Artichoke
18.  I Am an Artichoke by Lucy Frank
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Starving for Attention
19.  Starving for Attention by Cherry Boone O'Neill
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Thin
20.  Thin DVD ~ Lauren Greenfield
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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NOVA: Dying to Be Thin
21.  NOVA: Dying to Be Thin DVD ~ Susan Sarandon
$10.96   Used & New from: $5.34
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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