Picks and Pans Review: Diary of An Exercise Addict

updated 11/17/2008 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/17/2008 01:00AM

by Peach Friedman

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REVIEWED BY JUDITH NEWMAN

MEMOIR
When you stop eating, it's not only your body that gets small. Friendship, ambition, desire—all is whittled into nothingness. The story's been told before, but Friedman, a poet and now a personal trainer, tells it well. She is especially eloquent on the connection between food and sex: Her appetites—all of them—terrify her. When she begins eating again, running becomes her drug: It numbs her, like a "needle into vein." Recovery for her means becoming a sexual adventuress again. And while we may fear for her a little, we're also deeply glad for her choice.

 

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