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Feed Me!: Writers Dish About Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Image Paperback – January 27, 2009
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–Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia
“For every woman who has ever (a) hated her body, (b) stepped on a scale more than once a day, (c) cried in a dressing room, or (d) all of the above, a funny and heartbreaking collection of essays about the tyranny of thinness. Though you could buy roughly four Entenmann’s cakes for the cover price, this book could actually fill you up.”
–Betsy Lerner, author of Food and Loathing
“These fascinating stories reveal the complexity of eating: the joy and misery, the acceptance and rejection, the nurturing and deprivation, the connection and isolation.”
–Ellyn Satter, author of Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family
“These diverse tales of humiliation, survival, and acceptance of the most personal and shameful of body dramas are palatable and poignant. . . . I devoured the book!”
–Nancy Redd, author of Body Drama
Top Customer Reviews
I devoured this book in one sitting but will return to it many times.
I wasn't sure I needed to read this book, having read many books on this topic, but what I walked away with, and continue to marvel at, is how common and heartbreaking it is that we interact with ourselves in these ways. Thin women don't escape unscathed. Fat women who love our bodies are radical. In between women are never sure where they stand.
And food is never just food.
My favorite essay is Joyce Maynard's, the last, about her mother and pie (and so much more). I loved reading writers I knew from their articles or blogs for even a bit more insight into their lives (Kate Harding, Harriet Brown, Wendy McClure, and Jane E. Brody, who I understand a bit better now). I consumed with the bittersweet glee the essays about being from another culture with a different relationship to food and women's bodies, like Diana Abu-Jaber's details of being fed by her Jordanian uncle, Rochelle Jewel Shapiro's eating at a breakneck speed to keep up with her holocaust survivor father, Amity Gaige's details of the long shadow cast by her mother's childhood deprivation as a refuge from Latvia and Courtney E. Martin's revealing look at her body and relationship with food as she studies abroad in South Africa.
There were stories too familiar, but mostly, I came away thinking, almost every woman struggles with this -- and why? Do we need to? I'm glad this book made me feel normal (however unfortunately) for the way I feel about my body, and that I might have more in common with a woman who weighs 100 pounds less than I do that I might have thought.
Are you a woman? Have you ever looked in a mirror and seen more flaws than positive traits?
I enjoyed the breadth of the essays about food and body image in FEED ME. The stories made me feel normal. A size four woman obsesses about not being a size two? This was a revelation. My favorite was the female model's take on how people treated her and how that's affected how she looks at her young daughter.
These essays convey that while women know intellectually there's more to life than obsessing about food, we find it hard NOT to be preoccupied about every morsel we put into our mouths or the size tag in our jeans.
The challenge for any weight/food obsessed (read: "every") woman is to make peace with the voice in her head. Turn off that negative tape (mine's an 8-track) that plays in a continuous loop, "You're not good enough." Tune into the place in our true selves and focus on the fact that people who care about us enjoy our company because of our unique personality traits. Whether we gain or lose five, ten or twenty pounds, have a croissant or a salad for lunch, no one's keeping track. There is more going on in the world around you than what you eat today. FEED ME inspired me to dare to be my true self.
You are good enough right here, right now. You. Are. Enough.
However, Feed Me by author Harriet Brown took a very delicate subject and explored it in a touching, realistic and respectful way.
Food and weight are such a big deal in today's society and I am absolutely in love with the way Brown explored the fact that not everybody will be a size 5 and that is okay.
I fell instantly in love with this book on the first story where the first writer describes how her boyfriend innocently told her that he thought he was maturing because it did not even bother him that she was not skinny. At first, that got my back up, but when I read the rest of the story, I adored the way Brown took his back-handed compliment and used it to explore her own unresolved issues about her weight.
This book is loaded with these types of inspiring and honest stories about body image and how we and other people look at us.
It was wonderful, wonderful and I am going to re-read it a second time - I felt very good after reading this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a wonderful collection of essays. I highly recommend this book to anybody struggling with their relationship with food or their body.Published 13 months ago by Linnea
I particularly love the introduction where the author talks about our society's view of food. Although I read this book years ago, it still has an impact on how I view food and my... Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by A Satisfied Customer
Wasn't too thrilled with the book. I even didn't want to finish it. I really was looking forward to it. It sounded like a really cool idea. Read morePublished on March 24, 2010 by L. Crilley
The book came in pretty good shape, nothing wrong with it, only a little wearPublished on March 23, 2010 by Natiel Bauer
This book is a great beach or airport read. It is light and easy reading. Some things I could relate to, some not, but all were entertaining to read. Read morePublished on April 24, 2009 by P. Criswell
This collection provides a tasty introduction to a variety of outstanding writers. Since reading FEED ME! Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by northcoast reader
Wonderful collection of stories. The complexity of our relationship with food, love, and life in a beautiful volume! Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by Erica Fishman
A number of good voices, and provocative thoughts, on a topic of importance and too little public honesty. Read morePublished on March 22, 2009 by Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh
I was actually pretty disappointed with this book. After reading rave reviews and then purchasing - it was quite a let down. Read morePublished on March 16, 2009 by Savannah D.