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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media; Unabridged edition (6 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611202663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611202663
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.5 x 15.5 cm

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This should be required reading for anybody with a chronic illness 24 Oct. 2011
By Jennifer Jaff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book -- which I could not put down -- is a beautifully narrated tale of what it's like to live with chronic illness. Jon's descriptive abilities are quite marvelous. But as a person with a chronic illness who represents people with chronic illness, I think this book should be required reading -- not just for patients, but for their families, as well. The lesson of embracing the uncertainty inherent in chronic illness is so important. But Jon tells it in a very lovely, loving way, that doesn't hit you over the head with advice, but which leads by example. Jon's candor and willingness to share the intimate details of a harrowing time in his life is exemplary. I'm very grateful to Jon for writing this.
Jennifer C. Jaff, Esq.
Executive Director
Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness, Inc.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I had no idea what Crohn's Disease was 1 Sept. 2011
By Therese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
But now I do. When I read nonfiction, I want to learn something and feel something. The Man Who Couldn't Eat does both, without self-pity. I hate reading memoirs about illness when the person just whines and talks about their symptoms. The author's descriptions of food and the memories associated with food really take this memoir from ordinary to sublime--his illness becomes to relatable to the everyday reader, and his struggles take on an almost symbolic quality. Additionally, he talks about his family and how his illness affected them in so many ways--something I often wonder about when reading other memoirs. If you're looking for a read that will make you so incredibly grateful for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich--this is it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My Darling, My Hamburger 12 Sept. 2011
By D. Price - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Disease. Deprivation. Desire. Disconsolation.
Downer? Defiantly not.
The Man Who Couldn't Eat chronicles Jon Reiner's sudden descent into (and faltering emergence from) a near-fatal and complication-fraught episode of Crohn's disease, for which the optimal treatment is a form of starvation called NPO -- no oral intake of solids or liquids for three months. In the inverted reality he comes to inhabit - and which inhabits him - normal nourishment is the enemy.

How does he manage an existence defined by absence and abstinence? Reiner responds to his forced anorexia with insatiable longings and a lifetime's worth of deliriously detailed, rapid-fire, food-centric acid flashbacks that prompt him to examine what it is to be alive while prohibited from that most essential social and self-sustaining act of eating. His first hot pastrami, dried apricots, New England lobster rolls... Reiner wrings improbable pleasure and poignancy even from the memory of inedible Thanksgiving chestnuts.

Proust and his petites madeleines have nothing on The Man Who Couldn't Eat.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Fabulous Story of Hope 12 Sept. 2011
By Ellen D. - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend this book. Jon Reiner is an amazing story teller. He takes something that most of us would consider impossible - going without food OR WATER for a full 3 months to help cure a gastro-intestinal medical emergency - and makes it come to life in his page-turning memoir. He openly discusses his medical condition, and how his doctors (all leaders in their field) were often stymied by his case. No one has a magic cure for his problem, and much of what they prescribe is a best guess. He needs to find meaning in his experience, and fortunately he does. Despite the dire frustration he shares, and the crazy things he does in his deepest moments, he is able to instill humor and humanity to his experience which makes this book widely appealing. For anyone who has been at the depths of a serious illness, or who has known anyone at the depths of a serious illness, this is the ultimate story of hope.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read Journey of Recovery 6 Sept. 2011
By Jenny Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't put this down. Reiner has an extraordinary writing style that takes the reader through a horrific experience, masterfully told with deep human insight, poignancy and laugh out loud humor. Reiner's descriptions of his (and maybe your own) favorite foods will make you long for their glorious tastes. His ability to connect food with our social existence is both clever and original. You'll be aghast and compelled to see what happens next, all the while rooting for the physical and psychological recovery of Reiner and his precious family.
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