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by Barbara Kent Lawrence

Bitter Ice: A Memoir of Love, Food, and Obsession download ebook
ISBN:
0688162150
ISBN13:
978-0688162153
Author:
Barbara Kent Lawrence
Publisher:
Rob Weisbach Books; First Edition (stated) edition (November 1, 1999)
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352 pages
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Rating:
4.9

Lawrence has put together a troubling yet fascinating memoir of her marriage to an alcoholic with anorexia and .

She details many of the manifestations of his disease, such as ritualized and prolonged exercise, food binges involving "forbidden" foods, and an intense fear of bloating that prevented him from drinking water. The "bitter ice" in the title refers to the husband's habit of constantly crunching ice chips to suppress hunger pangs as well as to get some fluid into his body.

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Barbara Kent Lawrence. My 6th book and 1st novel, "Islands of Time," was published this summer. Результаты поиска по книге. Отзывы - Написать отзыв. BITTER ICE: A Memoir of Love, Food, and Obsession. Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus. Lawrence begins near the end of her ordeal.

Bitter Ice. A Memoir of Love, Food, and Obsession. By. Barbara K Lawrence.

My first book, Bitter Ice: a memoir of love, food, and obsession was published by Wm. Morrow/Rob Weisbach Books. ERIC/CRESS published my second book, The Hermit Crab Solution about small schools. My academic writing has appeared in journals including KAPPAN, Journal for Maine Education, Boston University School of Education's Journal of Education, and the Journal for the Education of the Gifted.

Barbara Lawrence's "Bitter Ice" was a stunning read for me on several levels. First there is the story

Barbara Lawrence's "Bitter Ice" was a stunning read for me on several levels. First there is the story. Barbara begins describing herself as a very bright (but perhaps a bit neglected) socially well counneced young woman and tells of her journey though college and into what appeared to be a satisfying and appropriate marriage. She continues her tale describing life as partner to an increasingly ill man and her private process of recognizing and finding a response to her horrible circumstances.

Bitter Ice: A Memoir of Love, Food, and Obsession. New York, William Morrow & Co, 1999.

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The author chronicles her twenty-seven year marriage and her husband's battle with anorexia, mental illness, and alcoholism
Reviews:
  • Kazracage
I loved this novel, but just to be clear: this is more about the author than her husband's eating disorder. However, as someone with an ED, I found it very helpful to have the perspective of an outsider on the subject. Although sometimes the author was a little cavalier about what her husband was going through, seeing how destructive this illness can be to family life helped me with my own recovery. Overall, I thought this book was beautiful.
  • Beazezius
While I could write a lengthy review, it's easier for me to say that I agreed with the other reviewers who did not enjoy this book. While it was engrossing, it was tough to feel empathy or sympathy for the privileged author. She spent 25 years in a ridiculous relationship, rather than leaving and making a better home and life for herself and her children. Also, the husband had not one redeeming quality. The author portrayed him as a disgusting controlling dictator, and I found myself grossed out more than anything else.

Mostly, what I had a problem with was the editing. Many times phrases and ideas were repeated within pages or even paragraphs of each other, while some situations that needed explaining did not get it. It was as if the memoir was edited by someone who was intimately familiar with the author's story, so close to it that they could see past the obvious gaps.

Lastly, the epilogue was called a prologue.
  • Dagdarad
Bitter Ice is compelling for those of us who have wondered to the point of agonizing about why smart and successful women stay in relationships destructive to themselves and their children. Barbara Lawrence details the evolution of the individuals in this particular relationship and the dynamics of the relationship itself. Her chronicle reminds me of a Stephen King horror story where pretty normal people and situations begin, almost imperceptively, to go awry. By the time things have become completely warped and unacceptable to the observer, the participants themselves have bought into their lives through a combination of denial, rationalization and self doubt and are living in a way they think of as "normal". Coming from a family with an alcoholic parent, I think it is courageous and important that the author shed light for all of us by sharing very personal information. All of us in situations similar to hers learn first and foremost to keep secrets. And keeping those secrets ultimately leads to our own emotional destruction. This story is sad and tragic for the author's whole family including the father. To me, the saddest part was when the author looked at photographs of her absent children and asked herself why she has photographs of those she loves instead of having them. As children, our inclination is to blame our parents for what is wrong in our lives. This book has helped me to better understand them, and in the case of the living, have hope for them. And ultimately, to forgive them. Only then can we begin to build healthy and happy lives for ourselves instead of becoming casualties of our upbringing. For this family, I hope that through telling the secrets and all that implies, they can each finally find personal happiness and a better life.
  • Cordaron
After coming across a citation of this book as an example of a memoir dealing with anorexia in adult males, I tracked down this book knowing that, as a memoir written from the perspective of someone living with an anorexic, it wouldn't be quite as directly relevant to the topic at hand. Kent Lawrence's prose reminded me at times of the multi-page, obsessive lists of products, brand names, and opulence from American Psycho; she goes into great depth of detail of describing settings, meals, and clothing from both her strained childhood, growing up in a wealthy family but always excluded from feeling a part of it, and her subsequent decision to marry a fellow member of the Washington D.C. upper classes despite never having been in love with him and never being particularly attracted to him. As horrifically damaging as her husband's illness is to him, Kent Lawrence is more interested in describing the effects of living with him on her own psyche, explaining to herself - and the reader - that her own psychological damage led to more than twenty years of poor decisions and self-imprisonment. Long before the end of the book, I had stopped caring about her, and even my shocked pity for Tom had been worn down to a nub and I just wanted the story over with. There is no satisfying, dramatic climax to justify all the verbiage that the reader is required to wade through. Recommended only as a painful memoir of an upper-middle-class woman in a horrifically unhappy marriage, but not as a work directly exploring anorexia.