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Graphic Novels and Comics: Graphic Memoirs of Eating Disorders and Recovery

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The Graphic Novel Book Club

Spring, 2023

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Graphic Memoirs of Eating Disorders
and Recovery

Our January discussion explored three books that focus on body image and eating disorders, and was the first in a series of events made possible by the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries.

  • Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I Kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity) by Lacy J. Davis & Jim Kettner
    Lacy Davis's eating disorder begins with the germ of an idea: a seed of a thought that tells her she just isn't good enough. And like ink in water, the idea spreads. Blending bold humor, a healthy dose of self-deprecation, literary storytelling, and provocative artwork, Ink In Water is an unflinching, brutally honest look into Lacy"s mind as she learns to move past her self-destructive behaviors and toward a life of health, strength, and nourishment.
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  • Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
    A graphic memoir of eating disorders, abuse and recovery. Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness; an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.
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  • Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield
    Brisk, spare text and illustrations that deal head-on with anorexia propel the reader along on Anna’s journey as she falls prey to the eating disorder, personified as her tormentor, Tyranny.
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Our Discussion

Book Club Discussion of
Ink in Water,
Lighter Than My Shadow,
and Tyranny

January 25, 2023

Special guest panelist:
Dr. Jessica Saunders
Assistant Professor of Psychology,
Ramapo College of New Jersey

For accompanying comments, see the Chat Transcript [PDF]

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