In our appearance-obsessed society, eating is about much more than hunger and sustenance. Food inspires pleasure and anxiety, shame and obsession. We are constantly judged on how we look, so we've come to judge ourselves (and others) on what and how we eat. Joyce Maynard writes about learning to make pie with her complex but adored mother. Caroline Leavitt's chilling piece describes the overlap between power and eating. Ophira Edut explains how an outspoken 'body outlaw' wound up on Jenny Craig. Diana Abu-Jaber writes about abandoning her Bedouin customs for America's silverware and table manners-and missing the physical, hands-on connection with food. Exploring the bonds between appetite and remorse, hunger and longing, satisfaction and desire, this anthology is for every woman who's ever felt guilty about eating dessert, or gushed over a friend's weight loss, or wished she had a different body. Feed Me! features the following essays: 'He Called Me Fat; It Set Me Free' by Sari Botton 'The Grief Diety' by Caroline Leavitt 'With Hands' by Diana Abu-Jaber 'Seconds' by Jenny Allen 'My Worst Excess' by Amity Gaige 'Sisi, You're Getting Fat' by Courtney E. Martin 'My Ten Plagues' by Harriet Brown 'Top Model' by Magali Amadei 'Reader, I Ate Him' by Brenda Copeland 'The Twin Paradox' by Susan O'Doherty 'Attack of the XL Girl' by Laurie Notaro 'Sugar Plum Fairy' by Dana Kinstler 'Sky Girl' by Ann Hood 'Plus What?' by Lisa Romeo 'Ess, Ess' by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro 'In the House of Jean Nidetch' by Whitney Otto 'You're Not Fat' by Kate Harding 'My Binge Year' by Jane E. Brody 'Day One' by Wendy McClure 'Quacks' by Kathi Kamen Goldmark 'Battle of the Bulge: Notes from a Decade of Body Activism' by Ophira Edut 'Take this Cake and Shove it' by Joan Fischer 'Pie' by Joyce Maynard
A Kirkus Best Book of 2019! An Indies Introduce Selection for 2019! A Indie Next Pick for Summer 2019! 'A delectable treat for food and literary connoisseurs alike.' Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW 'What a wonderful, intriguing, and magical book. And wow, did it ever get my tastebuds going! Each time I picked it up, I felt the urge to head to my kitchen. . . . What I loved most was the smartness of it. It never once doubted its young readers.' Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor and National Book Award Nominated author 'Midsummer's Mayhem is an enchantment of a novel, bursting with magic, mystery, and mouth-watering baked goods. Readers who have their own baking-show dreams will be cheering for Mimi until the very last page.' Kate Messner, award-winning author of Breakout, The Seventh Wish, and All the Answers Can Mimi undo the mayhem caused by her baking in this contemporary-fantasy retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream? Eleven-year-old Mimi Mackson comes from a big Indian American family: Dad's a renowned food writer, Mom's a successful businesswoman, and her three older siblings all have their own respective accomplishments. It's easy to feel invisible in such an impressive family, but Mimi's dream of proving she's not the least-talented member of her family seems possible when she discovers a contest at the new bakery in town. Plus, it'll start her on the path to becoming a celebrity chef like her culinary idol, Puffy Fay. But when Mimi's dad returns from a business trip, he's mysteriously lost his highly honed sense of taste. Without his help, Mimi will never be able to bake something impressive enough to propel her to gastronomic fame. Drawn into the woods behind her house by a strangely familiar song, Mimi meets Vik, a boy who brings her to parts of the forest she's never seen. Who knew there were banyan trees and wild boars in Massachusetts? Together they discover exotic ingredients and bake them into delectable and enchanting treats. But as her dad acts stranger every day, and her siblings' romantic entanglements cause trouble in their town, Mimi begins to wonder whether the ingredients she and Vik found are somehow the cause of it all. She needs to use her skills, deductive and epicurean, to uncover what's happened. In the process, she learns that in life, as in baking, not everything is sweet. . . .