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Confessions of a Reformed Dieter.

CONFESSIONS OF A REFORMED DIETER. A.J. Rochester. 2003. Read by the author. 8 cds. 9.75 hrs. Bolinda Audio. (PO Box 307, Shelton, CT 06484). 1-74093-082-7 $64.00. Vinyl; content, reader notes. A

This brutally honest, occasionally funny saga of one woman's battle to overcome eating disorders takes Australian author Rochester from anorexia to obesity. Her comedic timing is perfect as she narrates her journal over an 18-month period in which she loses half her body weight through eating correctly, exercise, and delving into her neuroses to discover the real reason she overeats. As she works with both a nutritionist and a psychiatrist, we learn of her obsession with food, the sexual abuse she suffered as a child, her unsuccessful relationships with men, and her obesity.

Rochester, in a delightful accent, often makes ribald remarks about rewarding her progress with sex, but then corrects herself with appropriate alternatives. The reading is lively, passages are laugh-out-loud hilarious, and the beginning and ending of each CD is highlighted with Rochester's singing--and her innate sense of self-worth comes shining through. American listeners will need to be able to translate kilos to pounds and centimeters to inches to follow her exact progress. The colloquial terms used to list foods, describe articles of clothing, etc., can be understood in context most of the time. Because of the sexual overtones, this remarkable journey to self-discovery, acceptance, and overcoming painful life experiences is only for mature YAs.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.

Sunnie Grant, Dover, NH
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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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