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Bitter Ice : A Memoir of Love, Food and Obsession

Lawrence, Barbara Kent

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ISBN 10: 0688162150 / ISBN 13: 9780688162153
Published by Morrow/Avon, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1999
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A very handsome copy bound in gray and black cloth covers. Light rubbing to some few edges. Ink inscription on front end paper.DJ is complete and has a hint of rubbing. A very nice, tight, clean, complete first with "as new" text. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 013288

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Title: Bitter Ice : A Memoir of Love, Food and ...

Publisher: Morrow/Avon, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Ed, 1st Printing, So Stated

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With sensitivity and compassion, Lawrence chronicles her husband's life-threatening eating disorder from the time when he was an accomplished 6'1" college athlete, through hospitalization and therapy when he weighed just over one hundred pounds, to the final days of their marriage twenty-seven years later. Through Lawrence's startling prose, we bear witness to her husband's obsessive exercising; masochistic starvation methods; and addiction to saunas, laxatives, and ice baths-and the chilling effect his behavior had on the life they had so carefully tried to build.

Taught from childhood that her husband would naturally be her provider, Lawrence finds herself unable to break free from his controlling ways, even when they bring their family to the brink of self-destruction. Forced to examine her own complicity in her husband's illness, and ultimately come to terms with her own childhood demons, Lawrence must make choices that are both painful and dramatic in order to reclaim her life.

Bitter Ice is, finally, a story of triumph-of one woman's gradual awakening-told with all the grace and power of a novel.With sensitivity and compassion, Lawrence chronicles her husband's life-threatening eating disorder from the time when he was an accomplished 6'1" college athlete, through hospitalization and therapy when he weighed just over one hundred pounds, to the final days of their marriage twenty-seven years later. Through Lawrence's startling prose, we bear witness to her husband's obsessive exercising; masochistic starvation methods; and addiction to saunas, laxatives, and ice baths-and the chilling effect his behavior had on the life they had so carefully tried to build.

Taught from childhood that her husband would naturally be her provider, Lawrence finds herself unable to break free from his controlling ways, even when they bring their family to the brink of self-destruction. Forced to examine her own complicity in her husband's illness, and ultimately come to terms with her own childhood demons, Lawrence must make choices that are both painful and dramatic in order to reclaim her life.

Bitter Ice is, finally, a story of triumph-of one woman's gradual awakening-told with all the grace and power of a novel.

About the Author:

Barbara Kent Lawrence received a B.A. from Bennington College in 1965, an M.A. from New York University in 1969, and an Ed.D. from the Boston University School of Education in 1998. She has taught anthropology, sociology, and history at schools in Washington, D.C., Connecticut, and Maine; co-founded and run a real estate and construction firm; and worked as a real estate agent in Boston. She lives in Cambridge, MA, where she works in education.

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