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"Harrowing and always candid, Moisin draws a clear map of her anorexic mind and heart. A book for survivors of anorexia, as well those who want to understand a completely misrepresented and misunderstood disease."  —Ibi Kaslik, author, Skinny



"A heartwrenching, honest and beautiful book written by someone who has been there and has lived to tell about it."  —Bookshipper



"An inspirational book for anyone else dealing with similar dangerous behaviours."  —Shelf Life

About the Author

Laura Moisin was born in Bucharest, Romania, and has lived in Calgary, Toronto, Chicago, and Boston and is currently finishing her degree at New York University. She lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550228382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550228380
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,959,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall, a good read and one I am happy to have in my large collection of ED books.
T. Baker
Mostly good, since eating disorders are contagious; books can give ideas how to become a better anorexic.
Sofia
Throughout the book, her narratives and insights are simultaneously subtle and profound.
Deb

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tina on December 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have an eating disorder and I am currently in recovery - its not easy. However, what makes it much easier for me is knowing that there are many, many people out there who suffer from the same disease as I do. That is why I absolutely love to read books on the subject - especially when they are of the sensitivity, quality and honesty displayed in Kid Rex.

This is a heartwrenching, honest and beautiful book written by someone who has been there and has lived to tell about it.

Yes, its extremely difficult to read this book - the experiences, thoughts, feelings and emotions of the author are on display for all to see, but that is just the point - no more hiding before the food (whether it be anorexia, bulimia or overeating).

The author tells us like it is - this is not a fairy tale where everyone comes out at the end with a big smile, having resolved all of the issue. Eating disorders are insidious and run deep, but Kid Rex gives up hope - illuminates without judging and is touching and moving.

I LOVED this book and I am in awe of the author who has the courage to 'feel' again and to share with us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Morta on March 30, 2011
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I just finished reading this book and I have to say I have mixed feelings about it. As other reviewers noted,it's very detailed about Laura's description of her pain and despair,but lacks major info about the illness itself,as she experienced it.
I know that most accounts about anorexia that have been published in the last couple of years are very sensitive about not revealing weights or calorie amounts the sufferer ingested(for fear of "triggering" people with E.D's),but this was going too far.We have no real idea how far she deteriorated physically,or what exactly was going through her mind when she was eating. She mentions the nightmare of being "forced" to eat at Renfrew,but she does not tell us how she got through those meals,or why simply being told she had to eat by the staff was enough to just make her do it. (Side note: Her description of how she,and other patients, were treated by the staff was a frighteningly accurate account of how many people are treated in-patient)
To add to the confusion of where she was in her illness she says during certain time periods she was not eating for weeks on end.Then later in the book she says she was ashamed to eat around other people (during that same time) and ate alone because of her guilt and shame. Now,I'm no doctor,but if someone was underweight and literally not eating ANYTHING (or being supplemented)for weeks,they would be dead,or in a hospital--not walking around NYC. I understand that she might not want to detail exactly what her anorexic diet was,(so others woulden't try it)but saying--in more than one instance--that she was actually eating NOTHING was,to me,more dangerous,misleading,and just plain confusing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deb on March 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Amazing, astute, and awe-inspiring! In contrast to many other books on eating disorders, Laura Moisin's _Kid Rex_ does not focus on the symptoms and behaviors of the disease, nor does it offer an over-simplified, linear plan for recovery. Instead, Laura's chilling memoir helps illuminate the darkness of the disease by exposing the core inner struggle of the person beneath the symptoms. Throughout the book, her narratives and insights are simultaneously subtle and profound. For example, in a few poignant sentences, she is able to capture the essence of the anorexic experience (p. 125):

"Anorexics experience a sense of power, calm, and well-being when we deprive ourselves. By looking frightful and skeletal we are simultaneously pushing people away in a most destructive, passive-aggressive way, and challenging those we love to accept us and to fight for us, regardless....Food becomes symbolic of that which we can't control but must, that which we absolutely need but absolutely reject. Attempting to detangle oneself from this complicated interplay between pleasure and pain, destruction and creation, is in fact a metaphysical struggle for the very life and survival that become increasingly impossible to grasp."

Although _Kid Rex_ is about Laura's struggle with anorexia, it can also been seen as a metaphor for how we are all in danger of starving to death if our lives lack nourishing meaning and purpose. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to better understand eating disorders--or, for that matter, anyone who wants to gain insight into living a life that feeds the body, mind, and soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Baker on November 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Ironically, I read this book during my hospitalization (one of many) on an ED ward. There were some true moment of connection I felt to Laura's writing, such as when she described her disappointment in not being memorable to her professor during a semester where she struggled a lot with her ED. I know that feeling - everyone thinking you are doing great and living a wonderful life when really it's all a façade and the moment people aren't looking, your happy exterior crumples. Her writing is very real and candid. She doesn't hold back or sugar coat.

The only part I found difficult to believe was the ease with which she recovered, seemingly just by putting her mind to it. As a first-hand sufferer, I have spoken to many other sufferers who also find recovery much more challenging that Laura portrays it to be. Perhaps she is one of the lucky ones, or perhaps she wanted to end the book positively. Overall, a good read and one I am happy to have in my large collection of ED books.
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