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Thin (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. Januar 2007

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Poignant and timely…the most honest account of the illness yet published (Glamour)

Bowman describes her descent into anorexia with clinical skill; if you haven't understood it before, you will now ... brave, revealing, and shocking (William Leith Guardian)

A brilliant new memoir (Sunday Telegraph)

Powerfully written, beautifully articulated, gripping. Bowman emerges as stubborn, brilliant, vulnerable, talented and a superb writer. She has readability by the bucketful (Independent on Sunday)

'Moving … uniquely eloquent … a must-read' Elle 'Dignified [and] lucid ... dedicated to debunking myths' Daily Mail 'A truly memorable account ... Very powerful' **** OK


Bright, popular, pretty and successful, Grace Bowman had the world at her feet. So what drove her to starve herself nearly to death at the age of 18? And what, more importantly, made her stop? A grippingly honest account of life with anorexia nervosa, "A Shape of My Own" is Grace's hearbreaking, shocking and, finally, inspirational memoir. An extraordinary story, it is also a common one - is there a woman in the western world who has a normal relationship with food? It is a compulsive read, essential for anyone hoping to understand more about eating disorders and overcoming addiction.

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I finished reading Grace Bowmans story about her struggle with anorexia today and although I have read lots of books about that subject, this book is truly outstanding, as it is so inspiring (in a positive way) and touching. Besides the book "Wasted" it is the best book about anorexia ever written. However you canŽt really compare "Wasted" and "Thin" as they are very different in their style of writing. Bowman has really great skills in writing, sheŽs not only a writer, but a poet, too. As such I think that not only people interested in anorexia will enjoy this book immensely and understand a lot more about life in general and life for young women.
I really highly recommend this book.
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Wirklich sehr lesenswert! Und ich relativ einfach geschrieben - sehr verständlich ohne dass man ein Wörterbuch braucht oder sonstiges (solang man über einen guten englischen wortschatz verfügt) Hab es innerhalb kürzester Zeit gelesen - wirklich sehr fesselnd das Buch. Nur zu empfehlen!
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HASH(0x8cb047ec) von 5 Sternen The best memoir of anorexia i have read thus far 14. April 2009
Von Nur Alima - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This has to be my ultimate favorite memoir of a young woman's gripping battle with anorexia. It has been weeks since I read this book, but I wanted to give me some space between reading it at writing my review. The author's writing style is unique and creative. She at times writes in third person as well as first person and at other times she even stops the story to interject very honest and helpful explainations. Her ability to describe her inner thoughts and conflicts at the same time as painting a picture of her outside interactions and experiences is amazing and very important.
To be honest, I cannot say enough good things about this book to accurately explain how enraptured I am about it. I think it is written in an extraordinary poignant way to the point of being one of the most important memoir's in the field of eating disorder literature. Ms. Bowman has captured what it is like to be consumed by an eating disorder and at the same time try to navigate in the world and attempt to interact with your loved ones, doctors, acquantances, and society as a whole all while trying your hardest to hide your inside thoughts, feelings and reasons for your disturbing behavior.
I would never have imagined someone writing such a gripping and accurate portrayal of having a severe eating disorder and what it is like inside the mind of the sufferer and outside trying to live in a world that refuses not to be judgemental. Ms. Bowman captures somewhat it is I am trying to say on page 240 of her book, "That is the odd thing about anorexia: it is seen to vanish when the body is mended. It moves from body-side to inside, and perhaps it is more dangerous when it cannot be seen."
Ms. Bowman is a remarkable and talented young woman. I am honored to have had the experience to read her story and read her thoughts. I highly recommend this book and give thanks to such a tenacious young woman for writing it.
I do think that it is important to note that Ms. Bowman has a very different recovery story than those who have spent many years in the grips of an eating disorder. This is not to compare the suffering of anybody. I just think that her recovery without ever being hospitalized is noteworthy because her quicker recovery than some might be hard to relate to for those who are more chronic.
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HASH(0x8d050864) von 5 Sternen I just didn't get it at all... 21. Februar 2011
Von Losin' It - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Yes, this is a story of a young woman battling an eating disorder. I think...she talks about wanting to be thin, restricting her intake, her diagnosis and then she is recovered because she decided she no longer wanted to be anorexic.

I think this account is a somewhat dangerous view of anorexia. She does not go into what her treatment plan really was; what her therapy sessions really entailed; or what really made her to get well. She says she "got bored" with it and just decided to stop.

Eating disorders are an illness. It baffles me when I hear of young, naive, girls saying they wish they could be anorexic, or bulimic, or whatever...it doesn't work that way. One does not really make a conscious choice to fall deep into the throws of anorexia. It is a painful, disturbing place to be.

Likewise, I find it very difficult that one can just say "I'm bored of anorexia. I think I'll stop now."

I am very sure there is much more to Ms. Bowma's story than that. There has to be. But this book fails to go into the real emotions and feelings that haunt a person with an eating disorder. If you want a read that truly goes into the nitty-gritty of these disorders I would recommend "Wasted" by Marya Hornbacher.

As a recovering anorexic, I wish I could have just said "I don't feel like doing this anymore." and POOF! It was over. Unfortunately for me, and most anorexics, that doesn't happen. Maybe most of us are not as emotionally strong as this woman, but going through recovery with little or no professional help, I believ, is very dangerous. I think it is an irresponsible story to tell...to imply to people with eating disorders, "hey, just stop doing it. It's that simple." is a very dangerous implication. It took years of therapy and emotional healing to get to where I am today with my illness. I consider myself fully recovered, but there is always that haunting image that follows me. and there is no way I could have done it without the help of a team of experienced professionals. Yes, Ms. Bowman does suggest to seek help, but her overall tone of the book is that she did not need it. She was strong enough to do it on her own. Good for her, but I have a hard time swallowing that. This book just didn't seem to portray the real emotion and heartache that one would go through in such a situation.

More than the content being vague and lacking emotion, I found the writing style confusing and somewhat annoying. The author jumps from one tense to another and I was frequently lost as to what stage of her disorder or recovery, or even her life, that she was in.

I wouldn't recommend it.
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HASH(0x8cf12774) von 5 Sternen An extremely powerful memoir by a courageous woman... 7. August 2009
Von Melissa Galligan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"Thin" is a memoir about a woman suffering from anorexia nervosa. Unlike so many other memoirs or autobiographies on the subject, Ms. Bowman doesn't glorify or glamorize this disease. She writes with an unflinching style, much like Marya Hornbacher did with her infamous "Wasted," and perhaps gives the reader an even deeper insight (than Hornbacher did) into what goes on in the mind of an anorexic. I found myself unable to put this book down. It is also a book filled with hope. Ms. Bowman "found" a cure (or at least a way to cope) within herself, and despite seeing several professionals in the mental health field, made the ultimate decision to go it alone and I absolutely applaud her bravery. There is one caution I would give about the memoir, and that is its 'triggering' nature...but I believe ANY memoir that is honest is going to be triggering to the eating disordered population. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is trying to understand anorexia, and absolutely recommend it to the "experts." (Though the experts are typically too wrapped up in their own egos to take advice from one who is suffering, even one as insightful as Ms. Bowman.) Also, I must take issue with the title of the book, which is too trite and meaningless for the content. I see that the original was called "A Shape of My Own" which is much more apt, and I wonder if Ms. Bowman had anything to do with the change--my guess would be that she did not. I applaud you, Ms. Bowman, and want you to know your book touched me in ways I cannot express.
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HASH(0x8cc2cb94) von 5 Sternen Luminous, surreal... This is much more than a biography... 28. Dezember 2009
Von Ella Levine - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I agree with the other reviewers and wanted to add that I have read over 20 memoirs of Eating Disorders and this is in my Top 2. It is never boring and doesn't just "tell what happened"...as some memoirs do. It has this luminous quality to the writing...almost surreal, so that it is a true work of art in writing...almost poetic. It paints pictures in your mind using words and phrases that almost left me spellbound. This author is a true writer. She took me on a lyrical journey and I was so consumed with her style of writing. She most certainly needs to write more books!
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HASH(0x8cf12a8c) von 5 Sternen A little too detached for me 1. August 2013
Von Dumpling - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book struck me as a little aloof and cursory. The author moves quickly over her experiences with an eating disorder, writing in short sentences that I personally find a bit off-putting (but it might be a matter of personal preference, or perhaps she was aiming at a very young audience). But it's not the short sentences that make this book a bit pithy. The author doesn't really push her self-reflections or analyses deeper beyond matter-of-fact statements and descriptions. Her narration comes off as succession of events that to this day seem puzzling even to herself, let alone to the reader. This impression is no surprise if one reads the author's own statements about her experience with therapy: she resists the self-probing required by psychologists and doctors, she recoils when they ask her to talk about her "feeeeelings," in her own words. I suppose some people find this kind of emotional self-searching a bit uncomfortable? I don't know. I was looking for some insight into her condition, not least because she is one of the rare examples of people who managed to overcome her disorder on her own. This fact alone could offer hope to people with eating disorder and their families and friends, but the author seems as baffled by her success as the reader and therefore cannot offer a tangible model or inspiration.
I should also say that a couple of years ago I read Wasted, by Marya Hornbacher, and that book set the standard for eating-disorder memoirs for me. Hornbacher's account is so vivid, detailed, and evocative that it really brings the experience to life for the reader. Perhaps Bowman's Thin paled because of this previous reading. At any rate, it feels like the author is holding back throughout.
I suppose this might be a plus to readers who, like Bowman, are more reserved and identify with this more detached style--perhaps these might find comfort in her cool voice. Someone who struggled through similar feelings and issues might identify with her. But I never struggled with an eating disorder myself, and I am interested mainly in the emotional and mental health aspects of eating disorders, so the book offered very little that was new.
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