Thursday, December 5, 2013

Featured Book - The Mirror Lied

The Mirror Lied
One woman's 25-year struggle with bulimia, 
anorexia, diet pill addiction, laxative abuse and cutting.              
by
Marc A. Zimmer Ph.D
N.R. Mitgang






Description

Before she turned twenty, Jessica Gordon was raped by the woman entrusted to protect her and nearly killed by her brother, but those events paled in comparison to the life-and-death struggles she faced for the next twenty-five years. In Dr. Marc A. Zimmer and N.R. Mitgang's powerful biography, The Mirror Lied, readers of all ages and interests will find this narrative spellbinding. Told in Jessica's voice, and based on extensive interviews with her, the authors reveal one woman's lifetime of pain and struggle. For more than two decades, Jessica used food as a self-destructive weapon aimed at herself. Her arsenal consisted of anorexia, bulimia, laxative abuse, an addiction to diet pills, and cutting. At 5'5", weighing only 85 pounds, Jessica looked in the mirror and considered herself fat. Jessica's primary objective was slow suicide. Woven throughout this story is important information about the habits and motivations of those trapped in the world of eating disorders, as well as assessments to help readers determine if they, or someone they love, suffer an eating disorder. Whether readers are physicians, psychotherapists or academics, teenagers or parents, this is a story that must be read.

About the Authors
Marc A. Zimmer, Ph.D., earned his Doctorate in Psychology and is a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. The Director of Biofeedback and Psychotherapy Development for more than thirty years, his unique and notable combined psychotherapy and biofeedback program is specifically tailored to each patient. He consults with various organizations, is a frequent speaker, and has authored articles in professional and educational journals. He co-authored Dying to Be Thin: Understanding and Defeating Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia-A Practical, Lifesaving Guide.

N.R. Mitgang is a noted journalist and writes for theater, television, and electronic media. He is the playwright/lyricist ofBojangles, co-author of Mr. Bojangles, author of I Knew the Man Bojangles, and co-creator/publisher of Well... There You Go Again. The Humor That Shaped America. He is a former editor at Grosset & Dunlap, and Director of Electronic Publishing for Facts On File. Mitgang has also served as a consultant/historical contributor to A&E's Biography, The Smithsonian Institution, and The National Archives.

Dr. Ira M. Sacker Co-author of Dying to Be Thin: Understanding and Defeating Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia-A Practical, Lifesaving Guide (Ira M. Sacker, M.D., & Marc A. Zimmer, Ph.D.) and Regaining Your Self: Breaking Free From The Eating Disorder Identity: A Bold New Approach (Ira M. Sacker, M.D., & Sheila Buff).



Review:
The Mirror Lied is a heartfelt account of individuals suffering from eating disorders. Their personal stories take the reader through their challenging journey and their life inside and outside "the bubble." This insightful, engaging and masterful book is a must-read for individuals suffering from eating disorders and their loved ones.
Judy E. Marshel, Ph.D., RD.

AMAZON Reviews


Shared with my mother!, June 23, 2013
By Melanie Rose (Tonawanda NY)
This book was so perfect for me at the moment I read it. I shared it with my mother in hopes to offer her a deeper insight to the troubled mind of the eating disordered world. It truly hit home and helped her so much. I just loved the story.

Open Honest account of eating disorder, August 29, 2011
By K. Mcbain "Bikram_Yoga_Chick" (Minneapolis, MN)
Honest memoir about anorexia & bulimia. Really lets the reader get into the head of someone with an eating disorder. A must read for anyone who has gone through or known anyone who has gone through this. It can be very healing to read about someone else experience.




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