Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self (Paperback)
A Diary of My Former Self
Simon & Schuster, 9781439148907, 222pp.
Publication Date: November 17, 2009
Praise For Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self…
author of School Girls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap
By turns earnest and funny, hopeful and tragic, eleven-year-old Lori is a latter-day Alice: She takes us through the distorted looking glass that's held up to young girls and into the harrowing land of eating disorders. There is no other word for it: You will devour this book -- and, hopefully, keep right on eating.
author of Ithaka: A Daughter's Memoir of Being Found
Lori Gottlieb's eleven-year-old self is a singular storyteller of unblinking candor and precocious insight. As rife with wry humor as it is lacking in self-pity, this fast-paced chronicle of late-1970s adolescent anorexia is narrated with a light touch, and yet is chilling and poignant in its straightforward simplicity.
author of Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface
Lori Gottlieb's approach is compassionate, and very, very funny. More than just a book about anorexia, Stick Figure is an entertaining and thoughtful coming-of-age story that deals with an almost universal theme -- negotiating the minefields of early adolescence and living to tell the tale.