Thirty years after Liu penned Solitaire documenting her teenage experience with anorexia nervosa, she recounts her midlife relapse and recovery. Liu exposes many myths surrounding eating disorders, with a combination of research and in-depth interviews with other former anorexics and bulimics.
Aimee Liu's memoir Solitaire, America's first first- person account of a young woman's battle with anorexia, was published in 1979. At the time, she thought her battle was over, but a relapse in 2000 prompted her to reinvestigate the subject. Now, three decades after her initial recovery, Liu shares her story and those of her peers who are still struggling to understand the role anorexia and bulimia have played in their lives. Combining personal interviews with cutting-edge research on theorigins and course of eating disorders, Liu shatters many commonly heldnotions about these diseases. Societal pressure, popular culture, and family dysfunction cannot "make" one anorexic; it takes a particulargenetic predisposition and temperament. Readers will learn who issusceptible to eating disorders and why, how these diseases can wastes ufferers' lives in ways that have nothing to do with food or weight, andwhy recovery requires more than good nutrition. Both instructive andemotionally powerful, Liu's narrative is destined to be a classic in the field of eating disorders.