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On the Search for True Nourishment
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#1 New York Times bestselling author of Women Food and God
Roth speaks of issues that, chauvinism aside, only women can truly understand and identify with. In the past, her books were about food, weight, dieting, and the almost universal obsession that women have with their bodies and self-esteem. Now her canvas of introspection and discussion has expanded: eight chapters examine the nature of women's friendships, the craving to be famous, the longing for safety, and the search for a parallel life (or the perfect fantasy), among other topics. Based on intensely personal experiences, written with intensely emotional and intellectually probing prose, Roth's book pushes far beyond the issue of weight to ask what will make women happy. Her not-so-easy answers, divined from decades of therapy, of experiential beingness, of Buddhist practice, will speak to many.
"Roth tells of her own experiences with a non-blink frankness cushioned by the gracefulness of her prose."—Chicago Tribune
"Just the right mix of confession, sass, and style."—Publishers Weekly
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#1 New York Times bestselling author of Women Food and God
Roth speaks of issues that, chauvinism aside, only women can truly understand and identify with. In the past, her books were about food, weight, dieting, and the almost universal obsession that women have with their bodies and self-esteem. Now her canvas of introspection and discussion has expanded: eight chapters examine the nature of women's friendships, the craving to be famous, the longing for safety, and the search for a parallel life (or the perfect fantasy), among other topics. Based on intensely personal experiences, written with intensely emotional and intellectually probing prose, Roth's book pushes far beyond the issue of weight to ask what will make women happy. Her not-so-easy answers, divined from decades of therapy, of experiential beingness, of Buddhist practice, will speak to many.
"Roth tells of her own experiences with a non-blink frankness cushioned by the gracefulness of her prose."—Chicago Tribune
"Just the right mix of confession, sass, and style."—Publishers Weekly
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Table of Contents-
  • AppetitesPrologue: The Places We Search

    1. The Size of My Body, The Size of My LIfe

    2. The Hunger to be Valued

    3. Parallel Lives, Part 1: Losing My Hair

    4. When Someone Believes in You

    5. Women's Friendship: A Conspiracy of Hunger

    6. To Have or Have Not: Nourishment and Self-Denial
    7. Parallel Lives, Part 2: On Happiness and Joy

    8. The Longing for a Safe Place

    Epilogue: Seven Rememberances
    Acknowledgments

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 1, 1996
    That some of us overeat in order to feed a spiritual rather than physical hunger isn't a new idea, but perhaps no one has chatted it up with as much panache as Roth (When Food Is Love). In her earnest new book, this popular workshop guru focuses on the ersatz bliss of overeating but also expands her vision to question "the meaning of success, thinness, friendships, and fulfillment." Drawing on much personal anecdote-her hair loss following illness; her ties to her best friend; her worries about another's health, etc.-she charms readers toward realizing that true happiness comes not from a sleek body, wealth or indeed any external attribute but from a sense of inner worth. There's nothing new in that idea either, but Roth presents it, as usual, in just the right mix of confession, sass and style.

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