Anorexia & Bulimia


The Reading Cure (Non-fiction) byLaura Freeman 

Laura Freeman was diagnosed with anorexia at fourteen years old. One by one, seeking to gain control over the food she was eating, she started to scrap out different food items from her diet until she began to starve. She had reached a significant low point in her life. It was her love for reading that saved her – specifically discovering food and recipes in literature which inspired her to re-introduce these in her diet. From Dickens’ plum puddings to Virginia Woolf’s soulful descriptions of bread, fruits and sweet pastries, her appetite slowly recovered. The Reading Cure is essentially a memoir of how literature can treat anorexia and offer hope on overcoming a difficult condition. 

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (Non-fiction) by Marya Hornbacher

A New York Times Bestseller, this memoir is a terrifyingly honest account of Marya Hornbacher’s battle with both anorexia and bulimia. It truthfully and brutally accounts for her experiences as a sufferer. Beautifully written and emotionally wrenching the memoir provides for a unique insight into the two disorders from the perspective of a sufferer.









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