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Aimee Liu

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Aimee Liu is a novelist and the author of Gaining, an acclaimed investigation into the causes and consequences of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. She teaches creative writing at Goddard College and lives in Los Angeles. For more information, visit The author's proceeds from the sale visa mer of this book will be donated to the Academy for Eating Disorders, Clinical Research and Scholarship Fund. For more information This and many other publications by Trumpeter are now available as eBooks. visa färre

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Here's what I wrote in 2008 about this read: "Required some online reviews to recall, but. . . .tale of love across two cultures during early 20th century. California woman teacher marries a revolutionary chinese man. Based on author's grandparents' lives. A good read."
MGADMJK | 3 andra recensioner | Sep 16, 2022 |
A fascinating novel about language and communication, and the legacies of British and Japanese imperialism in Southeast Asia, all wrapped up in a heartbreaking story about a mother who can’t connect with her baby and begins to doubt his--and her own--love. Fully realized characters invite empathy across a full spectrum of the South Asian cultural melange, and the plot has us flipping pages--even when we want to slow down to absorb the historical context and the reflections on language and science. Kept me engrossed for the entire 10 hours of a nerve-rackingly overbooked, late-pandemic flight home to Germany!… (mer)
smgaines | 1 annan recension | Nov 22, 2020 |
Claire and Shep have found the opportunity of a life time. Newly married, they are both off headed to a remote penal colony of Andaman Islands. They are going to do field work, an opportunity Claire never thought would happen for her. She will be going there with intent to study tribes that have never really been studied before. Shep is there as a civil surgeon.

Life on the islands us unlike anything they had ever expected, or could have fathomed. They quickly learn that they are the outsiders and are somewhat at the mercy of those on the islanders. They have to prove that they are not there to harm or hurt, but to observe and understand. To help, and learn new things that are probably unknown to anyone else.

Their plans are changed, mostly for Claire when she becomes sick. But it is not sickness, as in an illness but a new birth. They welcome their son Ty into the world and couldn't be happier. But he is different. The way he observes and focuses on things. He often has what seems to be fits and tantrums, and their servant girl Naila is the only one who seems to be able to connect with him intellectually. The two form an unbreakable bond.

Claire is often the one who has to try and understand Ty, and each day there is frustration as he refuses to speak or attempt to make any sort of talk. But he seems to be able to communicate just fine through facial expressions and through Naila, it is concerning since he is four years old already and should have been babbling for years. Maybe it's just the environment they are in, the tribes. They often speak through the understanding of the earth, and not with physical voices.

One day a quake hits, and Claire and Shep have to be evacuated. Many people are killed, and lots of houses are destroyed. Not only are they are all dealing with the aftermath of this quake, there are rumors of the war nearing. The Japanese are rumored to be nearing this area for the ports.

They decide they need to leave, so they pack up and Shep gets them passage on a ship. They have to go quick, there is no time to really think things through. The morning of, Shep goes to get everything on the ship, and Claire is frantic. Ty is missing. She can't find him, and heads to the ship to let Shep know. He forces Claire onto the ship, and he stays behind to find their son. How could he do this to her? Forcing a mother to leave the place her son is missing in?

It was a simple misunderstanding - Ty was just with Naila in this secret place she wanted to show him and they fell asleep. With finding that the Japanese has invaded and taken over the island, Shep does what he can to keep Ty and Naila safe. She after all is the one who understands and knows Ty's every need. Sadly, more than it seem this own parents do. Claire is devastated and cannot sit around knowing that all access has been cut off and she has no idea what has happened to her family.

Will Naila do everything to keep Ty safe with the help of Leyo? Shep after all did tell her she has to be his mother and father to keep him safe, and that is what she will do. Still a child herself, she has to make unimaginable decisions and hope that they will be afforded protection during this war. Is Claire's decisions, a suicide mission? But how far does a mother go to save her child? Did Shep make the right decision by putting Ty in Nalia's protection or is this why he is missing, really missing this time?

Thank you to the author, and historical fiction virtual book tours for the free book to read and review. I had no idea about the Japanese invading these islands during the war. It was a very interesting, different read.
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Chelz286 | 1 annan recension | May 24, 2020 |
Dozens and dozens of books over the past thirty some years have tried to explain what anorexia and bulimia really are, but nothing quite gets it the way Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders does.

Writer Aimee Liu sums it up best on page 125:

"Recovery is like a big old house…the anorexic or the bulimic is always going to live there. People sometimes think, I can evict her, I can get rid of that. But you don’t develop an eating disorder for no good reason. It’s a profound experience. So how can you wipe out that whole piece of your history? I prefer to think of it this way. She used to rule the house in a kind of tyranny. She was in charge of the kitchen, in charge of everything. Now she still gets to live there and she may still have some of those old fears and vulnerabilities, but she’s got only one room in the house and has to make way for more and more occupants as time passes."

It’s no wonder Aimee Liu captures the image of recovery so well, she writes from experience. In her teens and twenties, Liu battled anorexia and thought she had won the war, but found herself battling it all over again in her forties.

Her examination of this scary world covers so much: the people she’s met along the way (both men and women) who have been in her shoes, the causes of eating disorders (always up for debate depending upon whom you to talk to), the sadness, the triumphs.

Publishers Weekly says this book is "poignant even for those who have have not suffered from an eating disorder." The author’s sincerity is as touching as her website, where she shares letters from readers who have reached out to her in gratitude and their need to share what they’ve survived.

Books such as Gaining are crucial because they help put perspective on a misunderstood disease where the victim is often blamed. Free of any kind of sensationalism or need to romanticize eating disorders, Gaining lays everything on the line for patients (both past and present) and their loved ones. And while she’s not afraid to write about the grim truths of eating disorders, she leaves her readers with hope, not fear.
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booksandcats4ever | 3 andra recensioner | Jul 30, 2018 |


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