Navel Gazing by Anne H. Putnam

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One is left with a neutral to positive impression of GB, however, which sounds only moderately painful and relatively effective. The surgery, not the country.
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"A book anyone, male or female, young or old, who has ever looked in the mirror and disliked what they see, will identify with...The writing is vivid and superb, the detail both unflinching and fascinating...Don`t go on some miserable diet this January; read this instead. It will get you through the insanity of the "new year, new you" frenzy; more importantly, it might help you stop loathing your body". (Sarah Vine, "The Times"). "This is a funny, intimate account of one woman`s turbulent battle with her weight, which examines the relationship between body and mind and challenges our concept of what constitutes a `normal` body". ("Psychologies"). For anyone who`s ever avoided the mirror, skipped swimming or got stuck in a dress in a changing room...Almost every woman worries about her weight. For Anne H Putnam, it became unavoidable - by the age of seventeen she weighed over twenty stone and had tried everything, from dieting to fat camp to wearing big t-shirts. When she decided to have weight-loss surgery, she thought everything would change.But now, nine years later and ten sizes smaller, she has discovered that changing your body doesn`t automatically change how you feel about it. "Navel Gazing" is a funny, passionate and no-holds-barred memoir of one woman`s quest to accept her own body - to feel normal. It will make you laugh, cry, cringe - and wonder why it`s so hard for women to feel happy with the way they look.
 

About Anne H. Putnam

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Anne H Putnam was born in New York City, raised in California, and has spent the past five years in London, where she lives with her boyfriend. To find out more about Anne please visit http://annehputnam.com/ or follow her on Twitter @ahputnam.
 
Published January 3, 2013 by Faber & Faber. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting.
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Reviewed by Zoe Williams on Jan 11 2013

One is left with a neutral to positive impression of GB, however, which sounds only moderately painful and relatively effective. The surgery, not the country.

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Reviewed by VIv Groskop on Jan 06 2013

A brave, very readable memoir that digs deep – but not in quite the right places.

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