Johanna Garfield

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The Life of a Real Girl,
Aá True Story


When I was sixteen, I was starving myself to death. My periods had stopped, and my arms were so skinny that my brother Frank, three and a half years older, said I had wrists like a bird. At seventeen, I weighed 225 pounds. The dowdy misses dresses my slender mother brought home for me from lane Bryant were size 44. My favorite ring had to be cuć from my finger. Even my feet were fat. I wore 8 1/2 E.
-Chapter 1


"Eloquent. Profoundly moving. A stirring testament to the strength and vitality of the human spirit."

-Lynn Caine

Selected Works

A Country Place: It's Far From Paradise
The Home Section, The New York Times
Have Cell Phone, Will Travel
New Yorker's Diary, The New York Observer
Life Is Judi-Ful On 94th Street
New Yorkers Diary, The New York Observer
Lost Car: Panic. Ire. Joy. Resignation.
The City, The New York Times
Upstairs, Downstairs, Upstairs
City Section, The New York Times
A 'Thwack' Is Not Enough
New York Forum, New York Newsday
In Defense of Christmas Letters
Newsday, New York Edition
Being Counted
The Christian Science Monitor
Kissing Cousins, The Unsung Relatives
Private Life, MS Magazine
Family Dis-chord
Musical America
The Life of a Real Girl, A True Story
"A compelling valediction to a tormented anorexic adolescence...Candid, witty and intensely moving."
London Times
Cousins: A Unique and Powerful Bond
Cousins provides the first in-depth look at the richness and variety of cousin relationships.

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