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978-1-58243-226-7 / 1582432260

Appetites: Why Women Want

by Knapp, Caroline

Publisher:Counterpoint

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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The remarkable final book from bestselling author Caroline Knapp underlines her gift of leveraging her life experiences into provocative lessons. On the surface, Appetites may appear to be about eating--complete with Knapp's unflinching account of her anorexia. In fact, Knapp is writing about how every woman can decipher her hunger and loneliness by connecting with her desire to experience pleasure. She illuminates the ways in which cultural taboos about women who desire create vulnerability to disorders of appetite including food and alcohol addictions, compulsive shopping and promiscuous sex. In this expansive view, "one woman's tub of cottage cheese is another woman's maxed-out Master Card". Readers will nod in recognition as the author seamlessly weaves autobiography and anthropology, describing her family of origin, profiling women of appetite and countering what she calls "the culture of No!" that curbs and disguises women's desires. Knapp gets to yes by urging readers to ask: "what gives me delight and fully engages me?". Knowing that 42-year-old Knapp died of lung cancer makes this question all the more poignant. Such questions suggest Knapp's brave and generous legacy. --Barbara Mackoff, Amazon.com

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