Homesick: A Memoir of Family, Food, and Finding Hope
This unflinching account details her struggle with anorexia and bulimia, yet is also a much larger story that focuses on universal issues: the intricacies of family ties, the pressures of society, the search for selfhood, and ultimately the power of hope. With flashes of wit and a knowing beyond its young writer's years, Homesick is a riveting and emotionally complex story of pain and hard-won recovery that no reader will forget.
Jillian Medoff author of "Hunger Point" and "Good Girls Gone Bad" As urgent and intimate as a best friend's phone call, "Homesick" chronicles Jenny Lauren's descent into an Alice in Wonderland medical nightmare. But "Homesick" is not about sickness. It's about persistence, strength, and the awesome power of one woman's will to fight for herself and get better.Andy Behrman author of "Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania""Homesick" is a home run for the issue of eating disorders in America. Jenny Lauren courageously chronicles her own battle with bulimia in this raw account, which finally lead me to understand the intricacies of this illness. Her story will certainly help others like herself and their families and actually help save lives.Lori Gottlieb author of "Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self" Almost every girl wakes up one morning wondering whether she's too fat -- but if you're Jenny Lauren, that's a particularly loaded question. The niece of fashion icon Ralph Lauren, Jenny grew up with cultural pressure on steroids. While it seemed from the outside that she shared the charmed life of her uncle's glamorous models, Lauren's teens and twenties more closely resembled a horror film where calories were her tormentor. In this searing, no-holds-barred memoir, Lauren offers a truly unique perspective on the complex tangle of food, family ties, media messages, and the search for identity that underlies today's epidemic of eating disorders.Tama Janowitz author of "Peyton Amberg and Slaves of New York""Homesick" should be required reading for all pre- and adolescent girls...and any parent who wants to know what's really going on with their daughters.Barbara Robinette Moss author of "Change Me into Zeus's Daughter" Never have I read a more honest account of a life in turmoil and the powerful desire to reshape it. In "Homesick" Jenny Lauren confronts her 'fashion world' family, her doctors, therapists, and -- most of all -- herself, and her ruling passion to starve. This memoir is bare-bones beautiful.""Homesick" should be required reading for all pre- and adolescent girls...and any parent who wants to know what's really going on with their daughters."- Tama Janowitz, author of "Peyton Amberg" and "Slaves of New York""Jenny Lauren's memoir should be required reading for every teenage girl in America. Like the author, this book is honest, hilarious, brave, tenacious, and shameless, in all the right ways." -- Pam Houston, author of Sight Hound"[A] story about learning to accept one's body as one's home." -- Teen Vogue "Lauren is intelligent, creative, and a skilled writer, and she evokes empathy." -- Publishers Weekly"[O]ne of the most harrowing personal accounts of living with an eating disorder ever published." -- The Daily Telegraph (London)"Homesick should be required reading for all pre- and adolescent girls...and any parent who wants to know what's really going on with their daughters."
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