Hope and Other Luxuries

Hope and Other Luxuries

A Mother's Life With A Daughter's Anorexia

Book - 2015
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As heard on NPR's Diane Rehm Show!
Clare Dunkle seemed to have an ideal life—two beautiful, high-achieving teenage daughters, a loving husband, and a satisfying and successful career as a children's book novelist. But it's when you let down your guard that the ax falls. Just after one daughter successfully conquered her depression, another daughter developed a life-threatening eating disorder. Co-published with Elena Vanishing, the memoir of her daughter, this is the story—told in brave, beautifully written, and unflinchingly honest prose—of one family's fight against a deadly disease, from an often ignored but important perspective: the mother of the anorexic.

Baker & Taylor
Published to coincide with Elena Vanishing, a highly personal account of the author's efforts to support her daughter's battle with anorexia shares insights into the disease and its brutal impact from a parent's perspective.

Baker
& Taylor

The author presents a memoir describing her daughter's diagnosis of a life-threatening eating disorder, her encounters with doctors, health insurance companies, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers, and her struggle to help her daughter to overcome the disease.
"Clare Dunkle seemed to have an ideal life--two beautiful, high-achieving teenage daughters, a loving husband, and a satisfying and successful career as a children's book novelist. But it's when you let down your guard that the ax falls. Just after one daughter successfully conquered her depression, another daughter developed a life-threatening eating disorder. Co-published with Elena Vanishing, the memoir of her daughter, this is the story--told in brave, beautifully written, and unflinchingly honest prose--of one family's fight against a deadly disease, from an often ignored but important perspective: the mother of the anorexic"--

Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9781452121567
1452121567
Branch Call Number: 616.8526 D9211h
Characteristics: 557 pages ; 24 cm

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simpler1773
Apr 22, 2017

Being the mother of an anorexic can be lonely. Your family and friends don't know or don't understand what you or your child are going through. Reading this book was like having someone hold my hand and tell me, "yes it's hell, no you are not alone". Very well written, heart wrenching and compelling. Also gives a brilliant insight to the mind of an anorexic.

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