In "Appetites," Caroline Knapp confronts Freud's famous question, "What do women want?" and boldly reframes it, asking instead: How does a woman know ...Show synopsisIn "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.Hide synopsis
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Caroline Knapp was an excellent writer, and her many physical and mental issues are detailed in a format that both entertains and informs. She is far too intelligent to allow easy excuses as to 'why' women want to be slim or thin: Society has a share in the blame, but the extraordinarily complex mental and internal arguments each woman 'enjoys' are the most important thoughts and details with which she concerns her text.
This book was so readable and so interesting that I decided at once to buy more of her wok. I have read one more book, and eagerly await the arrival of the next. Eating disorders are amongst the most intractable of all 'mental' health issues. I put the word 'mental' in quotations marks because so many people still refuse to believe such illnesses exist. They should read and learn. The body and the mind are far too closely interlinked for the unwilling to deny sickness may exist in both, not only in one.
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