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2011 books read

Gabrielle Annette "questgirl"
 
Going Hungry: Writers on Desire, Self-Denial, and Overcoming Anorexia
Going Hungry: Writers on Desire, Self-Denial, and Overcoming Anorexia
"Stories of women and men who have had eating disorders. Most writers are older, white, and upper-class. However, the introduction is insightful and clearly depicts what having an eating disorder is like."
Solitaire: The compelling story of a young woman growing up in America and her triumph over anorexia.
Solitaire: The compelling story of a young woman growing up in America and her triumph over anorexia.
"This is the prequel to Aimee's popular memoir "Gaining." She describes her adolescent years that she spent enslaved by anorexia."
Owning It: Stories About Teens with Disabilities
Owning It: Stories About Teens with Disabilities
"This book covers a wide array of ailments from the perspective of afflicted teens. The topics are cancer, alcoholism, brain damage, ADD, obesity, Tourette Syndrome, migranes, athsma, blindness, and paralysis."
The Shack
The Shack
"A whole new way to look at God and the afterlife."
Turtle on a Fence Post
Turtle on a Fence Post
"This is the sequel to "The Man Who Loved Clowns." A new character, Aunt Queenie's veteran father is introduced. Delrita continues to cope with her parents' death in her 14-year-old way and befriends a man with a developmental disability who reminds her of her late uncle. Her best friend's father is now out of prision but continues to be profiled."
A Very Hungry Girl: How I Filled Up on Life...and How You Can, Too!
A Very Hungry Girl: How I Filled Up on Life...and How You Can, Too!
"Motivating book about a girl who turns her pain into the drive to help others."
Memories of Summer (Readers Circle)
Memories of Summer (Readers Circle)
"I put this book away for a long time because I was afraid of the ending. This book details a southern family's move to Michigan and a sister's descent into schizophrenia. Stigma is addressed, but the disease is portrayed in some ways that I haven't encountered before."
Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D
Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D
"Lizzie Simon interviews young adults with bipolar disorder who are managing the illness well. She intertwines the events in her life with the others' stories."
Odder Than Ever
Odder Than Ever
"This is a book of short stories of varying themes by Bruce Coville. True to the author's style, they all have surreal elements and are geared toward middle-level readers."
Testimonies: Lesbian Coming-Out Stories--Updated and Revised
Testimonies: Lesbian Coming-Out Stories--Updated and Revised
"These are stories of women discovering their sexual identity."
Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin
Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin
"Norah checks herself into three different mental health treatment facilities over the course of the year. She writes about all of them in a detailed way that exposes the broad range of mental healthcare available and how workers' attitudes can shape one's experience."
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
"Will Grayson meets Will Grayson and their lives intertwine (I know, this doesn't say much). The book is mainly about relationships, which I don't get anyway, so I cannot say anything more than I enjoyed it."
Four Feet Tall
Four Feet Tall
"This is a mystery for early elementary school children that teaches about tolerance of people who are different. A dog is heavily involved in the story, so this book is excellent for animal-lovers too. It's from Canada, where it is no where near $300."
Multiple Choice
Multiple Choice
"This is a middle-grade story about a girl who invents a game to help her deal with her obsessions."
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity
"This is a collection of GLBT short stories. Some are heartwarming, others are sad."
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog
Notes from a Liar and Her Dog
"A sixth-grader feels she does not fit in with her family, and her lies get her into trouble."
"Heil America" Incorporated  (We Didn't Think It Could Happen Here): Volume One
"Heil America" Incorporated (We Didn't Think It Could Happen Here): Volume One
"This is an amazing story of a woman who has to go into hiding because she exposes the true motives of the government. Whether you believe it's fact or fiction, it's an engaging read."