Life Size (by Jenefer Shute) is a book about anorexia told from the point of view of a anorexic woman named Josie. It was published in 1992 and received good reviews in The New York Times and Washington Post as well as praise from Naomi Wolf for it's accurate portrayal of the anorexic mind. Life Size is structured like a mystery novel. It begins at rock bottom, Josie is at her lowest weight (sixty-seven pounds) and treated with force feeding (hyperalimentation) if she can't eat the food the nurse brings her in the hospital. The mystery for the reader is how she got to be so emaciated-- what was the source of her self destructive self righteousness and stubbornness? Why is she so filled with malice for life? Why is she obsessed with her weight?

Unlike other "disorder of the month" books that fail to really give the reader any insight in to the causes of the disorders they describe. Life Size shows the reader, through Josie's memories the source of her anorexia (or I should say the sources, since, true to life, Shute portrays the disorder as multi-faceted and complex)

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