Appetites by Caroline Knapp
Why Women Want

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In Appetites, Caroline Knapp confronts Freud’s famous question, “What do women want?” and boldly reframes it, asking instead: How does a woman know, and then honor, what it is she wants in a culture bent on shaping, defining, and controlling her desires? Knapp, bestselling author of Drinking: A Love Story and Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs, has turned her brilliant eye towards how a woman’s appetite—for food, love, work, and pleasure—has become a battlefield. She uses her own experiences with anorexia as a powerful exploration of what can happen when we are divorced from our most basic hungers—and offers her own success as testament to the joy of saying “I want.”
Provocative, important, and deeply familiar, Appetites beautifully—and urgently—challenges all women to learn what it is to feed both the body and the soul.

About Caroline Knapp

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Caroline Knapp was a contributor at "New Woman "magazine and a regular columnist at "The Boston Phoenix," and her work has appeared in "Mademoiselle," "The New York Times," and numerous international magazines. She is also the author of "Alice K's Guide to Life "and "Pack of Two," Caroline Knapp died in 2002 at the age of 42.
Published January 1, 2012 by Counterpoint. 236 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Self Help. Non-fiction

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What looks like a consciously altruistic effort to encapsulate one woman's entire life into lessons for the benefit of womankind may be just that: after divulging every gruesome detail of her spiral into anorexia and subsequent self-discoveries in this memoir, Knapp died of breast cancer last Jun...

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Following her courageous 1996 memoir, ''Drinking: A Love Story,'' Knapp explores eating disorders with equally unblinking honesty in Appetite: Why Women Want.

May 02 2003 | Read Full Review of Appetites: Why Women Want

The author's insight recalls writer Gertrude Stein's "there isn't any answer, that's the answer" musings on life: "For there is no unequivocal answer," Knapp writes, "no pinnacle reached, all appetites understood and satiated at last.

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