Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia, by Sheila Himmel and Lisa Himmel
While Sheila Himmel was out reviewing restaurants for The San Jose Mercury News, and winning a James Beard award, her teenage daughter, Lisa was at home starving herself.
The irony was lost on neither of them.
Hungry is an examination of Lisa's eating disorders, anorexia and bulemia, from both of their viewpoints. Common explanations for anorexia like "perfectionist daughter, demanding mother, distant father," were all absent in the Himmel household. Sheila and Lisa had to examine themselves on a very different level to find any kind of answer.
Not just a book for those with eating disorders, Hungry will appeal to any mother or daughter wanting to examine this complex relationship in their lives.