In "Appetites," Caroline Knapp confronts Freud's famous question, "What do women want?" and boldly reframes it, asking instead: How does a woman know, and then honor, what it is she wants in a culture bent on shaping, defining, and controlling her desires? Knapp, bestselling author of "Drinking: A Love Story" and "Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs," has turned her brilliant eye towards how a woman's appetite--for food, love, work, and pleasure--has become a battlefield. She uses her own experiences with anorexia as a powerful exploration of what can happen when we are divorced from our most basic hungers--and offers her own success as testament to the joy of saying "I want."
Provocative, important, and deeply familiar, "Appetites" beautifully--and urgently--challenges all women to learn what it is to feed both the body and the soul.