Empty: A Memoir

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Product Details

Price
$27.00  $24.84
Publisher
Random House
Publish Date
Pages
304
Dimensions
6.3 X 9.5 X 1.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780812992847

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About the Author

Susan Burton's writing has appeared in Slate, Mother Jones, New York, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine. She is a former editor of Harper's and a producer of This American Life. Her radio documentaries have won numerous awards. The film Unaccompanied Minors is based on one of her radio essays. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two sons.

Reviews

"Susan Burton's Empty is by turns touching, frightening, fiercely candid, and beautifully written. In this story of a teenager's furtive eating disorders, Burton has sidestepped the clichΓ©s, and captured the enigma of attempting to sate, by gluttony and starvation, our human vulnerabilities."--Jill Ciment, author of The Body in Question

"Susan Burton's brave and candid book reveals the inner landscape of an adolescent girl, and the way the mind can be hypnotized by the idea of the body. Beautifully written, touching and intimate, Empty speaks to a secret shared by many American women."--Roxana Robinson, author of Dawson's Fall

"Residing inside all of us is a secret so fraught that it becomes unspeakable, and for Susan Burton, that secret was food: How it controlled her and how she tried to control it. How it haunted and comforted, becoming at turns her fiercest adversary and comforting companion. Empty is a tour de force of both vulnerability and strength, a memoir so unflinching and brave that it forces us to peer into our own dark places with newfound honesty and compassion. By giving voice to her shame, Burton teaches herself--and the rest of us--how to find power and freedom in the telling."--Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed