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Non-Fiction | Self-Help
Critically acclaimed for Girl Culture and Fast
Forward, Lauren Greenfield continues her exploration of
contemporary female culture with Thin, a
groundbreaking book about eating disorders. Greenfield's
photographs are paired with extensive interviews and journal
entries from twenty girls and women who are suffering from
various afflictions. We meet 15-year-old Brittany, who is
convinced that being thin is the only way to gain acceptance
among her peers; Alisa, a divorced mother of two whose
hatred of her body is manifested in her relentless
compulsion to purge; Shelly, who has been battling anorexia
for six years and has had a feeding tube surgically
implanted in her stomach; as well as many others. Alongside
these personal stories are essays on the sociology and
science of eating disorders by renowned researchers Joan
Jacobs Brumberg, Dr. David Herzog, and Dr. Michael Strober.
These intimate photographs, frank voices, and thoughtful
discussions combine to make Thin not only the first
book of its kind but also a portrait of profound understanding.
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