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Book Title: Solitaire: The Compelling Story of a Young Woman Growing up in America and Her Triumph over Anorexia|
The author of the book: Aimee Liu
Date of issue: July 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780595002993
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.5
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I first read this book, about the author's struggles with (and apparently spontaneous recovery from) anorexia many years ago. I can clearly remember the circumstances in which I read it. I was in training at a military base in Texas, eating as little as possible and running the six mile perimeter every day. In other words, during one of my own anorexic phases. At the time, I didn't much like this book. I thought it was stilted and contrived, although the only part I clearly remembered was the description of the Italian almond beverage that the author didn't partake of. (My God, did that thing sound delicious!)
**Minor spoilers to follow**
Since it wasn't that expensive on my kindle, I decided to try this again in, now that I am in better mental health, and see if my opinion had changed. The answer is: yes and no. My three-star rating remains unchanged, but I now appreciate how the author presents her anorexic years as being part of the scope of her entire life--her molestation by older boys when she was a child, feeling like an outsider, being upset by her parents' non-stop arguing, feeling abandoned by her older brother, etc. All of this certainly sets the stage for insecurity. But why an eating disorder? The book is a picture-perfect case study of the "golden cage/best little girl in the world" theory of anorexia: the child too afraid to rock the boat, who always has perfect grades and wonderful self-control, and who shows the cracks around this perfect life by retreating into anorexia. Well, obviously that is true for some, hence this book.
I was still unsatisfied by her sudden recovery. So one day she just realizes it doesn't make any sense and snaps out of it? Still not convinced. And I still found the writing rather stilted and self-conscious. But if, like me, you really love these eating disorders memoirs, you would probably be remiss not to check this one out.
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Read information about the authorAimee Liu is a best-selling novelist, essayist, and nonfiction author based in Los Angeles.
Her most recent book is GAINING: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, published by Warner Books, February, 2007. Drawing on her own history of anorexia as well as interviews with more than forty other former anorexics and bulimics, Liu picks up her exploration of recovery where she ended her acclaimed memoir of anorexia nervosa, SOLITAIRE (Harper & Row, 1979), at age twenty-five. Back then, she thought recovery meant eating well. Gaining proves that healthy nutrition is only a first step. True recovery requires a new understanding of the role that genetics, personality, relationships, and anxiety play in these disorders. Liu uses cutting edge research to dispel the myth that fashion is to blame. She examines the real reasons eating disorders -- at all ages -- are on the rise, and how they can be prevented in future generations.
Aimee Liu also is a novelist. FLASH HOUSE (Warner Books, 2003) is a tale of suspense and Cold War intrigue set in Central Asia. CLOUD MOUNTAIN (Warner Books, 1997) is based on the true story of her American grandmother and Chinese revolutionary grandfather. Liu’s first novel, FACE(Warner Books, 1994), deals with mixed-race identity. These books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Before turning to writing fulltime, Liu edited business and trade publications and worked as an associate producer for NBC's TODAY show. She has co-authored seven books on medical and psychological topics. Her articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in anthologies and periodicals such as Cosmopolitan, Self, Glamour, and Good Housekeeping.
Aimee Liu was born in 1953 and raised in Connecticut, received her B.A. from Yale University in 1975 and her MFA from Bennington College in 2006. She lives in Los Angeles with her family; teaches creative writing in Goddard College’s MFA program; and is a past president of the national writers’ organization PEN USA.