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It was me all along : a memoir
2015
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Genre
NonFiction
Health, Mind and Body
Topics
Addiction
Overeating
Overweight persons
Body image
Life changes
Overcoming adversity
Self-acceptance
Personal narratives
Setting
Boston, Massachusetts - New England (U.S.)
Rome, Italy - Europe
Time Period
-- 20th-21st century
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Mitchell, never a thin child, relishes eating, basking in the joy of homemade food and baked goods. As her home becomes un-stable, her reliance on creating and eating food increases, as does her weight. Food is love, safety, and a steady companion. As she eventually becomes a food blogger, food remains a constant for Mitchell even as she realizes her health could be at stake. After finally managing to lose weight, she discovers that she's still not happy and retains many of her previous issues. Her memoir is a poignant and compelling story about learning to love herself and food. With a narrative that reads like fiction, the audio performance by the author is outstanding as she tells a wonderful and important story. VERDICT Anyone who enjoys listening to stories of other people's personal journeys will enjoy this. ["While...the reader will get frustrated with Mitchell's failures, she will give hope to those starting their weight-loss journeys and help others who are already on that path," read the review of the Clarkson Potter hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 2/19/15.]-Nicole A. Cooke, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
A heartbreakingly honest, endearing memoir of incredible weight loss by a young food blogger who battles body image issues and overcomes food addiction to find self-acceptance. <br>  <br> All her life, Andie Mitchell had eaten lustily and mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fractured family. But when she stepped on the scale on her twentieth birthday and it registered a shocking 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself; that her life was at stake.<br> <br> It Was Me All Along takes Andie from working class Boston to the romantic streets of Rome, from morbidly obese to half her size, from seeking comfort in anything that came cream-filled and two-to-a-pack to finding balance in exquisite (but modest) bowls of handmade pasta. This story is about much more than a woman who loves food and abhors her body. It is about someone who made changes when her situation seemed too far gone and how she discovered balance in an off-kilter world. More than anything, though, it is the story of her finding beauty in acceptance and learning to love all parts of herself.
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