Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown
A Family's Struggle with Anorexia

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“One of the most up to date, relevant, and honest accounts of one family’s battle with the life threatening challenges of anorexia. Brown has masterfully woven science, history, and heart throughout this compelling and tender story.”
—Lynn S. Grefe, Chief Executive Officer, National Eating Disorders Association

“As a woman who once knew the grip of a life-controlling eating disorder, I held my breath reading Harriet Brown’s story. As a mother of daughters, I wept for her. Then cheered.”
—Joyce Maynard, author of Labor Day

In Brave Girl Eating, the chronicle of a family’s struggle with anorexia nervosa, journalist, professor, and author Harriet Brown recounts in mesmerizing and horrifying detail her daughter Kitty’s journey from near-starvation to renewed health. Brave Girl Eating is an intimate, shocking, compelling, and ultimately uplifting look at the ravages of a mental illness that affects more than 18 million Americans.


About Harriet Brown

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Harriet Brown is assistant professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse, NY.  Her most recent book, Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia, will be published by William Morrow in September 2010. Brown writes for the New York Times science section, magazine, and op-ed page, as well as for publications like Health, O, the Chicago Tribune, Parenting, and many others. She lived in Madison, Wisconsin, for 15 years, where she worked on both American Girl and Wisconsin Trails magazines. Other books include Feed Me!, Mr. Wrong, and The Promised Land, a collection of poems from the University of Wisconsin–Library System.
Published August 24, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Psych Central

In Brave Girl Eating, Brown distinguishes her daughter from the eating disorder voice, which she refers to as a demon and Not-Kitty.

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Psych Central

Thus, parents, siblings, and even relatives all suffer, as Harriet Brown so adroitly shows us in her memoir Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, a heartbreaking story about a mother who’s ready to march to the end of the earth to save her daughter from anorexia.

Jan 30 2013 | Read Full Review of Brave Girl Eating: A Family's...

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