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 ...
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.
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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.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-02-10 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 June at age 42. Similar in tone to her previous Drinking: A Love Story, this work is candid and persuasive enough to reach many women with analogous problems. But it's more than one woman's tragic story; multitudinous interviews with women with eating disorders, excerpts from classic feminist texts and sociological statistics lend credence and categorize the book under cultural studies as much as self-help. Knapp hypothesizes that the feminists who came after the revolutionary 1960s, herself included, were stifled rather than empowered by the overwhelming choices before them. They gained "the freedom to hunger and to satisfy hunger in all its varied forms." Unfortunately, writes Knapp, size-obsessed fashion magazines and other social messages contradict a woman's right to desire, contributing to the rise in eating disorders and other illnesses. Knapp observes an aspect of the backlash against the feminist movement: when "women were demanding the right to take up more space in the world," they were being told by a still patriarchal society "to grow physically smaller." Though Knapp admits it's "easier to worry about the body than the soul," she hopes creating a dialogue about anorexia will enable all women to nourish both. (May 1) Forecast: The bestselling success of Drinking and Knapp's death last year will certainly spike interest in this affecting book. Counterpoint plans a 75,000 first printing and ads in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bloomsbury Review and the Women's Review of Books. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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