The Hungry Mirror by Lisa De NikolitsThe Hungry Mirror by Lisa De Nikolits

The Hungry Mirror

byLisa De Nikolits

Paperback | February 1, 2010

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An engaging novel about body image, eating disorders, diet myths and the big fat fabrications and lies that the media forces us to swallow. A compelling, entertaining story infused with fascinating little-known facts about ancient goddesses, curious New Age remedies, the foibles of modern-day celebrities and the truth about retouched images in the world of fashion magazines, from which so much self-body-hatred comes. A story of compassionate vulnerability and determined empowerment. The Hungry Mirror is the fictional tale of a young woman overwhelmed. Lured by false promise and seeking fickle social acceptability, she starves herself and fast becomes trapped when seeming-sanctuary proves a cage of addictions walled by self-hatred and filled with doubt. Within the context of fashion magazines, the young woman is both participant and observer in the perpetuation of the myth of beauty; the retouched images, the impossible standards that ordinary women are expected to follow and achieve. A firsthand account of the role of the media in the war with body image, this is the story of everywoman and the relentless ghosts that pursue her. Increasingly ill, her marriage cold, her family well-intentioned enablers of mistaken social belief, the young woman realizes the choice is hers; to live or die. The work encompasses the complex friendships between women, the unspoken truths about marriage and sexuality as well as various religious and spiritual messages, ancient philosophies, fairytales and legends. In the end, the young woman learns the true value of size zero is indeed nothing.
Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has been a Canadian citizen for nine years and has lived in Toronto for thirteen. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. As an art director, her magazine credits include marie claire, Vogue, Vogue Living and...
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Title:The Hungry MirrorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.63 inPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:Inanna PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926708008

ISBN - 13:9781926708003

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gut-wrenching yet... The Hungry Mirror is a rapid paced, comical, yet gut-wrenching look into the hearts, souls and minds of many we may know. who may or may not have an eating dissorder,Though some may choose to differ.Perhaps ourselves to some degree? Subtle tragic intricacies are laced with quirky moments, yet it in no way makes light of the disease.It actually brings it home. And brings it home hard, I thoroughly enjoyed these words and thoughts. Kudos Miss.De Nikolits....and now..what shall I eat?? Another novel perhaps?? I hope so. Cheers! On a true win!!! Brenda
Date published: 2010-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! In this thoroughly captivating, clever and shocking narrative we witness the struggle of one woman with the isolation and self loathing that constitute an eating disorder. Her deepest moments of darkness are illuminated by Lisa de Nikolits' energetic and quirky writing style, which makes this book impossible to put down. Through a behind-the-scenes look at the magazine publishing world, we are reminded of the way mainstream media has butchered the raw, natural femininity that has been reverenced for thousands of years. Ultimately though, we are reminded of the strength and beauty of a woman's spirit. In sum, this book is a must read. At the least it will be eye opening, but for some it might be life changing.
Date published: 2010-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Engaging Who would have thought that the devastating inner workings of an eating disorder could be engaging rather than repellant. de Nikolits, thorugh incredible wit, humour and naked revealment pulls you in like Anna-Marie MacDonald ~ you feel the main character's pain and obsession. Delighfully laced through the story is a 'Devil Wears Prada' type expose that takes you behind the scenes of the frivolous and flighty world of publishing. Brilliant and impossible to put down!
Date published: 2010-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping and profound! From the first page of the first chapter, this book took me in and wouldn't let me go. Every sentence packed a humorous, insightful and frequently devastating punch taking me into a world I didn't know much about and on a journey I won't soon forget. If you're looking to read something beautifully written and telling a story with substance, choose The Hungry Mirror. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So real! Started reading "The Hungry Mirror" last night and could not stop. Quite the eye-opener and raw with truths, even for someone who's worked in the industry and seen it all. So real! What an accomplishment.
Date published: 2010-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The Hungry Mirror is a remarkably authentic account of the struggles associated with eating disorders. Lisa's creative and insightful story is a must read for family members, friends, and individuals recovering from an eating disorder. Marilyn Strauch, M.A. (c) OACCPP Psychotherapist www.eatingdisorderstherapy.ca
Date published: 2010-05-05