Looking for a really good read? Maybe you’ve seen author Greta Gleissner on national television talking about her new memoir, Something Spectacular: The True Story of One Rockette’s Battle With Bulimia. I received a review copy and all I can say is “Wow.” We have eight copies of this powerful, interesting and well-written new book for our Appetite for Health readers. For details on how to enter, keep reading…
Yes, eating disorders are not a comfortable subject to talk about most of the time, but that doesn’t mean that they should be hidden. Indeed, giving a voice to pain is not only cathartic for the the speaker, it frequently benefits those in the audience who are also struggling and haven’t yet found their own voice.
In the United States, nearly 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, according to the National Eating Disorder Association. Millions more are struggling with binge eating disorder. The often unaddressed problem of eating disorders within the dance industry is brought to light in a very personal way through Greta Gleissner’s autobiographical account. From the beginning of her experience with bulimia in high school through her life as a professional dancer with the Radio City Rockettes and finally into recovery, the story of Gleissner’s eating disorder is not only fascinating and frightening, it provides insight into our human vulnerability and the strength of the human spirit.
Gleissner has now been in recovery from bulimia for ten years, and has a master’s degree is social work from New York University. Her struggle with an eating disorder lets her use her experience to help others. She publishes a personal blog (Life with Cake) about eating disorder recovery, and works as a clinician in New York city.
Something Spectacular: The True Story of One Rockette’s Battle with Bulimia (Seal Press) is a profound account of one woman’s journey toward self-acceptance and recovery. I found it highly emotional and inspirational. This is a serious topic, and Gleissner’s book gives it its due while telling a good story at the same time. I highly recommend it.
Want to win a copy of Something Spectacular? We have 8 copies for AFH readers! To enter, first “Like” Appetite for Health on Facebook AND “Like” Something Spectacular on Facebook, too. Then leave us a comment below this post (not on Facebook pls) and let us know why you would like to read this book. Enter by Sunday, October 7 at midnight. Feel free to share this post on your social media!
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