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Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat
Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat

Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat

A Story of Bulimia


272 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (CA $18.95) (US $16.95)

Publication Date: August 2009

ISBN 9781556527869

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Aug 2009)
Lawrence Hill Books


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Breaking the stereotypes of those with body image issues

Describing her struggle as a black woman with an eating disorder that is consistently portrayed as a white woman's problem, this insightful and moving narrative traces the background and factors that caused her bulimia. Moving coast to coast, she tries to escape her self-hatred and obsession by never slowing down, unaware that she is caught in downward spiral emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Finally she can no longer deny that she will die if she doesn't get help, overcome her shame, and conquer her addiction. But seeking help only reinforces her negative self-image, and she discovers her race makes her an oddity in the all-white programs for eating disorders. This memoir of her experiences answers many questions about why black women often do not seek traditional therapy for emotional problems.


"Armstrong's perspective . . . will go a long way toward breaking down the myths about eating disorders that are preventing so many, many people of color from seeking the treatment they need."  —Aimee Liu, author, Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders

"Armstrong's intimate account of her battles with eating disorders shatters many longstanding myths and opens a space for those who have been silent for so long to speak . . . and be heard."  —Jaime Pressly, actress, My Name is Earl, and author, It's Not Necessarily Not the Truth: Dreaming Bigger Than the Town You're From

"Hurrah for a woman bold enough to throw open the closet door and tell the truth about her relationship with food."  —Hill Harper, actor, CSI: NY, and author, Letters to a Young Brother

"The sooner we . . . confront all of the issues—like food addiction, depression, and sexual abuse—that keep us hurting and hiding, the sooner we can begin to heal. Armstrong's book is an answer to millions of black women's prayers."  —Meri Nana-Ama Danquah, author, Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman's Journey Through Depression

"Harrowing and compelling . . . a long-overdue look at eating disorders among African American women . . . a gripping read [with] universal appeal."  —Stephen McCauley, author, The Object of My Affection

"This book should be a staple in every Angeleno's home because as the years pass, it will serve as a historical reference of Los Angeles at the turn of the century."  —Firestarter Magazine

Author Biography

Stephanie Covington Armstrong is a playwright and screenwriter who has written for Essence, Mademoiselle, Sassy, and Venice magazines. Her essay on bulima, "Fear and Loathing," is included in the forthcoming Norton anthology The Black Body. She lives in Los Angeles.