Friday, May 6, 2011

Memoirs & Coffee Book Group to Meet

The next meeting of Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, May 24 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Coordinator for the library, will lead the discussion of Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia (2010) by Harriet Brown. [The author will not be present.]

The book chronicles the illness of Brown’s daughter Kitty from the earliest warning signs, through its terrifying progression, and on toward recovery. It takes the reader on her family's journey into the world of anorexia nervosa, where starvation threatened her daughter's body and mind. She then describes how her family, with the support of an open-minded pediatrician and a therapist, helped her daughter recover using family-based treatment, also known as the Maudsley approach.

Harriet Brown grew up in southern New Jersey and has lived in New York City and Madison, Wisconsin. A regular contributor to the New York Times Science section, Brown has also written for the New York Times Magazine, O, Redbook, Health, and other magazines and newspapers. Her previous books include Feed Me!, which is also the title of her popular blog that covers food, eating disorders, and obesity ( Brown is an assistant professor of magazine journalism at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her family.

There is no charge to attend the book discussion, and no sign-up is needed. For further information, call the library at 908-766-0118.

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