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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (2 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560238836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560238836
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 778,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For some time now, my mother has been encouraging me to write a book about my screwed-up life and my experiences with anorexia nervosa and depression. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 1998
Format: Paperback
I read this book,and it was extremely depressing, but an all too realistic view of the helplessness the hell and the waste of time and waste of life caused by anorexia. This is not at all a glamorous book,and does not over dramatize. This is made even more depressing by the authors death, which occured late in 1997.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
My Life as a Male Anorexic 23 Feb. 2000
By Jodi - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is interesting and I think that it Krasnow provides a very unique perspective. The writing is extremely constricted and factual, but that in itself is an incredible glimpse into the mindset that anorexia can create (and that can cause someone to become anorexic). I'd definitely recommend this book to someone interested in the topic. The negatives: it's a very short read and it's quite depressing. Although I don't think it's very insightful, it does make a unique contribution to the literature because it deals with anorexia in men.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
All too true 14 Aug. 2006
By Ziggita - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is nothing but excellent. It is a true account of what it is like, and what one may go through with an eating disorder. It may seem ridiculous, selfish, and hard to believe for someone who has not experienced an ED, but if you have then at least one account in this book will get under your skin, give you chills, and bring back memories. It said,and depressing, but a true tale of what it is like to have anorexia. And this book proves that it is a problem in men too.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Straight Facts, Few Answers 3 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I intend absolutely no criticism of the author when I say that this book provides the reader with few if any answers as to the source of male anorexia or effective treatment. Krasnow presents the basic facts with a clear, straightforward delivery that asks no pity and promises no redemption. Indeed, as other reviewers have noted, we mourn Krasnow as one of anorexia's ultimate victims. Still, although family, friends, or the men who are struggling with anorexia or bulimia will sympathize with this account, they will have to pose any questions elsewhere.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Astonishing! 9 April 2012
By Karen Wilson - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an absolutely stunning and heartbreaking book. It's a sad story, but it's also an unflinchinglyly brave one. Any compassionate human being will be moved by this author's fearless candor in sharing his remarkable personal journey. Brutally honest and forthright, this book is a must-read not only for men and women dealing with anorexia (or their friends and family members), but it should also be mandatory reading for anyone studying or working in the medical field.

It's heartening to read the many excellent reviews and know that other people were equally moved by this book. The only two dissenters either take the book to task for something it never claims to be or seem to have read a completely different book than the one I just finished. The book never claims to offer, as one reviewer hoped for, "explanations, theories, hope, or guidance," but only, as the cover states, to share "the autobiographical account of a young man's ongoing struggle with anorexia." This is exactly what it delivers. As to the comment about finding it "little more than a daily food log," I am at a loss to know what book that same reviewer read. Out of my 134 page copy, exactly 1 page is devoted to a food log, and this (Epilogue II) was added at the urging of the publisher and against the original desire of the author.

As an example of what I feel to be the textual mis-reading and mis-analysis of the second and only other dissenter, he criticizes the writer for not conceding to the publishers desire to include a list of eating-disorder organizations, but while doing so he misquotes the author and neglects to include the vital and on point next sentence in the paragraph. Compare the reviewers inaccurate quote: "The publisher wants me to have a resource page for anorexic treatments. I refuse to do that." to what the author actually wrote - "The Haworth Press wanted my book to have a list of eating-disorders organizations, places where people could (supposedly) get help. I refused to allow this. You see, I don't believe in these places, and felt it would have been hypocritical of me to include them in my book." To exclude that last vital sentence (a theme which echoes throughout the book) and then to go on and blithely call the author "demanding and uncooperative" seems harsh and unfair. In addition, while I agree with that reviewers concern about the expense of treating anorexia, I find his self-acknowledged presentism rather churlish when commenting on the author's work history. The author was obviously doing all that he was capable of doing at the time, and the fact that he was managing to live on his own and support himself is more than many healthy, less troubled people are able to do. Not to mention the fact that he wrote a book and got it published. Likewise, "selfishness and nastiness" are the very last things I would ever think of in relation to the man I met in these pages. He appears to have been a man of great heart and feeling, and anything which would appear otherwise was only a result of his ongoing struggles. The strong bond and deep, unconditional love demonstrated by this family is truly something for the ages.

As another five-star reviewer wrote, "Michael's life and courage should be celebrated." Truer words were never written.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A brave book 21 Sept. 2006
By Charles W. Wilson - Published on
Format: Paperback
In the final epilogue of this book, written shortly before Michael died, he writes: "If I thought that there was no hope, then there would have been no reason for me to write this story." Despite its harrowing subject matter, the very fact that this book was written at all is life-affirming. Michael struggled with a soul-crushing sense of inadequacy and self-hatred, yet he expresses throughout the book that he wanted to write this with the hope that it could shed light on his condition and help others. His sentences are often short and declarative for the very reason that you see his constant struggle to overcome the impression that any action of his--including writing--could have meaning to anyone. He forges ahead anyhow, painstakingly reconstructing his story, even researching the parts to which his memory is somewhat limited. He also expresses beautifully his love and regard for his parents, who sound like remarkable and caring people who endured too much. This book lends a great deal of light on how all-consuming anorexia can be. Michael's life and courage should be celebrated.
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