A revealing look at the self-sustaining cycle of food addiction and weight gain and the heart-rending consequences that...

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MY SKIN DON'T FIT

In her debut memoir, a Greek-American woman chronicles her lifelong struggle with weight and the desperate measures she took to combat it.

For years, Angeliades had suspected that she had started to pack on the pounds around the time she started kindergarten. When she was in her 20s, however, she discovered a piece of video evidence that proved otherwise: A family tape showed her shoveling up small pieces of steak when she was just a toddler. Whether or not that early enthusiasm for meat led to her dangerous overeating, Angeliades became obsessed with food. At the age of 15, she was 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighed 187 pounds, and had been diagnosed by her doctor as morbidly obese. Over time, she slipped into a worsening cycle of weight gain and overeating, a problem that eroded her self-esteem: “Being fat wasn’t exhausting. What really drained me were my efforts to distract the world from noticing my being fat. A good day was when no one called me ‘Fatso’ or otherwise commented on my largeness.” Angeliades movingly describes a childhood marked by trying desperately to fit in—not just into her clothes, but with her peers. The teen years are rough on any child, but hers were made worse by her size. A black leather belt used to re-create Madonna’s style, for example, looked like a “tourniquet that forced my blubber to move both north and south.” By the time she reached her late 20s, Angeliades had tried seemingly everything in vain: diets, spas, Weight Watchers, fat farms. She eventually turned to spirituality as a way to accept herself and now, nearing 40, only carries a few extra pounds. Angeliades injects welcome doses of humor into her story, which includes a hilarious aside about her childhood summers on the Greek islands. The book contains some unnecessary material that distracts from its focus, such as the author’s dating advice and perhaps too much on her spirituality. Nevertheless Angeliades’ struggles are real, and her voice is strikingly authentic.

A revealing look at the self-sustaining cycle of food addiction and weight gain and the heart-rending consequences that occur when it takes over a life.

Pub Date: June 30, 2014

ISBN: 978-0990469407

Page Count: 228

Publisher: Me Gigi Says Books

Review Posted Online: Sept. 1, 2014

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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