Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall (Paperback)

How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year

By Kjerstin Gruys

Avery Publishing Group, 9781583335482, 300pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2014



A scholar and bride-to-be spends a year without mirrors to get a better view of what really matters
When Kjerstin Gruys became engaged, she was thrilled until it was time to shop for a wedding dress. Having overcome an eating disorder years before, Gruys found herself struggling to maintain a positive self-image; so she decided to refocus her attention.Mirror, Mirror Off the Wallcharts Gruys's awakening as she vows to give up mirrors and other reflective surfaces, relying on friends and her fiance to help her gauge both her appearance and outlook on life.The result? A renewed focus on what truly matters, regardless of smeared makeup or messy hair.With humorous and poignant scenes from Gruys life, Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall sparks important conversations about body image and reclaiming the power to define beauty.

About the Author

Kjerstin Gruys has served as a market researcher and merchant in the fashion industry and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at UCLA. Her research focuses on the relationship between gender inequality and beauty standards.

Praise For Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year

“Honest, heartfelt and quirky.”
The Boston Globe
“This book should be required reading for those women who struggle with body-image issues—and even those who don’t.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A funny, provocative memoir.”
People (3.5/4 stars)