After the release of author Aimee Liu’s memoir Gaining—about her recovery from an eating disorder—she received an outpouring of letters from people similarly struggling with ED, and from others who wanted to share their stories of recovery. Liu was struck by the diversity of voices and the eloquence with which these letter-writers shared their pain and triumph as they began to rebuild their lives without ED.
In Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives: Guidance and Reflections on Recovery From Eating Disorders (Trumpeter, April 2011) Liu has woven together dozens of these first-person accounts from people of all ages and from all over the world to create a roadmap for healing from an eating disorder. Throughout the book are informative sidebars written by leading professionals in the field addressing topics explored in the letters, such as finding the right therapist, exploring complementary treatments, and how family members can help. These letters and sidebars form a lifeline for those still struggling with the disease—from those who have been there and survived it.