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Book Title: Appetites: On the Search for True Nourishment|
The author of the book: Geneen Roth
Edition: Dutton Books
The size of the: 352 KB
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Reader ratings: 6.6
Date of issue: April 1st 1996
ISBN 13: 9780525940760
Format files: PDF
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I first heard of Geneen after her bestseller "Women, Food, and God" hit the front shelves of bookstores everywhere. The title intrigued me. Did some women approach eating as a form of spirituality? Could food be as highly regarded as religion? The mediocre reviews for the book however drove me away. Instead I looked at the other books the Geneen has written. The selection on the shelves were overwhelming. I randomly decided on Appetites. Seemed the least focused on actual dieting and the most focused on the importance one places on eating.
Some people give themselves a rule. "Read 50 pages. Don't like it? Toss it."
I, however, give every book I pick up a fighting chance....unless it's *completely* and totally unbearable. Hell, I even finished my first and only romance novel.
It took me 145 pages to decide that I didn't actually hate this book.
The first 145 pages were borderline torture. Whining, oh endless whining. Were women seriously this obsessed with this food? And I don't mean in a healthy sense, but in a purely superficial sense? How pathetic is the average American female? How do people let themselves become slaves to every calorie? How is this happening?!
Women, all over this country, are letting themselves develop addictions. Replace every reference to food in this book with alcohol. You'll get the same message. Sad state we live in.
However around page 145, Geneen starts to talk about things other than food. Friendships, parenthood, childhood, adulthood, relationships, curiosity, and safety. And here I actually took back a thing or two. Geneen gives some great insight on what actually matters in life and advice on how to become the person you are meant to be. I did have a few problems with some of the advice she gives, particularly her distaste for role models. She tries to make an argument that role models are in fact a terrible thing to have and that a person should never try to be anyone other than themselves. Yes, much of your personality is the result of your genetic makeup, however a bit of it does develop through socialization. A good role model can help you turn into a better person--a person that is still, ultimately you. I certainly wouldn't be who I am today if it weren't for some of the role models that I have admired over the years. Geneen even contradicts her very statement as she devotes an entire chapter to admiring her cat. Who says role models needed to be human? Many of mine are not.
Other than that, a decent self-help book for both people with eating disorders and those without. Shares some tips on what actually matters in our lives.
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Read information about the authorGeneen Roth's pioneering books were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight and body image. She believes that we eat the way we live, and that our relationship to food, money, love is an exact reflection of our deepest held beliefs about ourselves and the amount of joy, abundance, pain, scarcity, we believe we have (or are allowed) to have in our lives.
Rather than pushing away the "crazy" things we do, Geneen's work proceeds with the conviction that our actions and beliefs make exquisite sense, and that the way to transform our relationship with food is to be open, curious and kind with ourselves-instead of punishing, impatient and harsh. In the past thirty years, she has worked with hundreds of thousands of people using meditation, inquiry, and a set of seven eating guidelines that are the foundation of natural eating.
Geneen has appeared on many national television shows including: The Oprah Show, 20/20, The NBC Nightly News, The View and Good Morning America. Articles about Geneen and her work have appeared in numerous publications including: O: The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Time, Elle, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has written monthly columns in Good Housekeeping Magazine and Prevention Magazine. Geneen is the author of eight books, including The New York Times bestsellers When Food is Love and Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything. Her newest book, to be published in March 2011, is Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations about Food and Money.
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