An Apple A Day

An Apple A Day

A Memoir of Love and Recovery From Anorexia

Book - 2012
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I haven't tasted chocolate for over ten years and now I'm walking down the street unwrapping a Kit Kat. Remember when Kate Moss said, 'Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels'? She's wrong: chocolate does.

For Christmas I'm giving myself a fresh start. I have to get some extra pounds of weight under my belt; I want to make next year the year that everything changes.

At the age of 32, after ten years of hiding from the truth, Emma Woolf finally decided it was time to face the biggest challenge of her life. Addicted to hunger, exercise and control, she was juggling a full-blown eating disorder with a successful career, functioning on an apple a day.

Having met the man of her dreams (and wanting a future and a baby together), she decided it was time to stop starving and start living. And as if that wasn't enough pressure, Emma also agreed to chart her progress in a weekly column for The Times. Honest, hard-hitting and yet romantic, An Apple a Day is a manifesto for the modern generation to stop starving and start living. This compelling, life-affirming true story is essential reading for anyone affected by eating disorders (whether as a sufferer or ally), anyone interested in health and social issues - and for medical and health professionals.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Soft Skull Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781593765156
Characteristics: 248 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jan 08, 2015

inspiring read with a hopeful ending.

Oct 09, 2013

Memoir of a high-functioning individual who is desperately mentally ill.

Aug 17, 2013

Found this book to very interesting but it was a bit of a long read. Emma is recovering from anorexia nervosa but wants to become pregnant. She realizes that in order to convieve she needs to gain weight and the struggle that, that becomes for her.

ksoles May 14, 2013

At the age of 33, Virginia Woolf's great-niece, Emma, led an outwardly perfect life: Oxford educated, rising to fame as a freelance journalist, in a stable relationship with an adoring boyfriend whose job allowed them to travel constantly. Inwardly, however, lay darkness and doubt stemming from anorexia, which Woolf developed at 19 after a traumatic breakup.

The author writes: "I had no way of dealing with the emotional chaos, so I found a physical solution." By the end of her three years at Oxford, this "solution" had dropped her down to 77 lbs. Finally, after the manager of her gym told her they were terminating her membership on health grounds, she forced herself to gain some weight, thus entering the realm of "functional anorexia."

Years later, when Woolf's boyfriend, Tom, mentioned starting a family, she had to confess that her periods had stopped long ago. This interaction forced her to acknowledge that anorexia transcended privacy; Tom’s longing for a child gave her real incentive to recover. Further, her decision to write about her progress, first in a newspaper article, and then in a regular column, gave her a mission.

Woolf admits: "I still haven’t made sense of anorexia, and I’m still not sure what 'recovery' means". Nevertheless, she comes across as highly intelligent, self-aware and courageously willing to depict the least attractive aspects of anorexia. She provides a candid, generous and readable account of a very intractable condition.

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