The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope (2020)

The Time in Between A Memoir of Hunger and Hope When Nancy Tucker was eight years old her class had to write about what they wanted in life She thought and thought and then though she didn t know why she wrote I want to be thin Over the next t
  • Title: The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope
  • Author: Nancy Tucker
  • ISBN: 9781848318304
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Nancy Tucker was eight years old, her class had to write about what they wanted in life She thought, and thought, and then, though she didn t know why, she wrote I want to be thin Over the next twelve years, she developed anorexia nervosa, was hospitalised, and finally swung the other way towards bulimia nervosa She left school, rejoined school went in and out oWhen Nancy Tucker was eight years old, her class had to write about what they wanted in life She thought, and thought, and then, though she didn t know why, she wrote I want to be thin Over the next twelve years, she developed anorexia nervosa, was hospitalised, and finally swung the other way towards bulimia nervosa She left school, rejoined school went in and out of therapy ebbed in and out of life From the bleak reality of a body breaking down to the electric mental highs of starvation, hers has been a life held in thrall by food.Told with remarkable insight, dark humour and acute intelligence, The Time in Between is a profound, important window into the workings of an unquiet mind a Wasted for the 21st century.
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    1. By documenting, honestly and unflinchingly, my painful descent into post anorexia bulimia nervosa, not only have I drained my story self of all vestiges of secret, but I hope I have communicated the foul reality of eating disorders the fact that one can so easily morph into another, and that it may be the second which hurls you, broken, to the floor Nancy TuckerAugust has been an interesting month because I ve started quite a few wonderful books, only to discontinue them halfway through I can be [...]

    2. Wow can t believe I didn t read this sooner I went to the launch last year and met Nancy who is wonderful but I ve only just read it now This book is so dense You really get inside her head and what it was like for her having anorexia Her writing is SO good And she s so young and clearly a genius I m a little jealous Seriously would recommend to ANYONE.

    3. Nancy Tucker suffered from anorexia and bulimia for nearly a decade Written in an original blend of styles, her eating disorder memoir is wrenching but utterly absorbing.As a girl Tucker attended private school, played cello and sang in choirs She hated being chubby and cute she wanted to be perfect When she started dieting it was immediately extreme only cucumber sticks and fruit or, ideally, nothing whatsoever Exercise was similarly excessive an hour on the stationary bike two hours walking Fr [...]

    4. I find memoirs incredibly difficult to rate, and never give them five stars, so this is pretty much as good as it gets.To be honest I was terrified to read this, because of my own eating disorder struggles I am currently in that time in between that Nancy perfectly describes at the end of the book, between illness and full recovery.Recently the Beat facebook group has been inquiring about ED sufferers and their relationships with ED related literature This made me realise that I have never in fa [...]

    5. When, as a young child, Nancy Tucker was asked to write down what she wanted to be, instead of the usual girly response of ballet dancer, nurse or teacher, she wrote I want to be thin She was convinced that Being Thin she would be Perfect, and therefore Popular Two years later this idea had taken hold to such an extent that encouraged by her constant companion, The Voice her inner self, egging her on , she became anorexic, eventually resulting in hospitalisation As she takes us on her rapid desc [...]

    6. Let me say first of all that Nancy Tucker writes beautifully But the focus of her work, I feel, leaves a lot to be desired She states she will not list her lowest weight anywhere in the book, because she doesn t need to validate her illness she then proceeds to paint a graphic picture of calories consumed over a period of time, casually mentioning her age 9 10 wardrobe Not only does this completely nullify her efforts to shift the focus of anorexia away from numbers it also sounds just that litt [...]

    7. The Time In Between doesn t hold back It bares all there is to know about an eating disorder from anorexia s scathing mental chatter to social isolation to hospitalisation in such a candid, shameless account I had trouble stopping myself from finishing the book in one sitting Intermittently breaking up the story that twisted my stomach into knots are tongue in cheek play scripts, letters, and eating disorder dos and don ts for parents, offsetting the morbid realities of anorexia with dark, comed [...]

    8. I read this book not only because it was recommended to me, but because it intrigued me to how Tucker would approach such a topic as anorexia and her experience of it I was absolutely hooked from the moment I opened this book Nancy Tucker has a beautiful way of writing that gripped me and wrapped me around its little finger She approaches her experience with the condition sensitively but honestly in such a way that illness mental and physical needs to be approached.

    9. I feel bad giving a persons memoir 2 stars but I just really didn t click with the way her story was told through her writing.

    10. Honest, true, heartbreaking, funny, fascinating, enlightening I could throw superlatives at this book until my limited vocabulary ran dry.The Time in Between is obviously not always an easy read, dealing as it does with mental illness and eating disorders, but it s handled with a supremely effective lightness of touch that ensures it s never too heavy going, self pitying, or self righteous.Instead it offers vital insight into the workings of an unquiet mind It always seems disingenuous to label [...]

    11. I thought it did a great job of trying to take you into the mind and emotions of someone suffering from an eating disorder I suspect that many of us have, at times, experienced dissatisfaction about our body weight, type, etc However, to see this attitude taken to such extremes is something that I couldn t imagine The author does a stellar job of taking the reader on her journey through this devastating emotional condition and its consequences on not only her life, but those around her The autho [...]

    12. But there was no battlefield there was just me The most terrifying battlegrounds are those that lie inside us The mind is the single most menacing threat to man in his entirety

    13. I cannot forgive her for the forward where she states the importance to her of minimising potential triggers by giving no numbers No BMI, no weights, no calories She breaks this within the first page by saying she hadn t eaten for 3 months If that doesn t give anorexia sufferers something severe to aim for I don t know what will She also has no problem writing the details of the minimal amount she eats at various stages in her journey This book is practically a guidebook to how to have an eating [...]

    14. This was a very hard book to read because it s searingly honest, but it s the most comprehensive detailing of an eating disorder and how it works how it gets its hold on you like an octopus on your brain Nancy Tucker is never self pitying, and this book is ultimately a triumph over an evil illness I had bulimia for several years and found it a relief and comfort to find a voice which told an eating disorder how it is not glamorous, not to be envied, not sexy or strong It s ugly and destructive T [...]

    15. This was not an easy read it read as a hauntingly honest and mature account of Nancy s battles with anorexia told in Nancy s own unique manner, through bits of journals, How To articles and scripts I must admit I was a little worried upon picking this book up, that it would somehow romanticise anorexia and other eating disorders or shift blame around the plate to media, single sex schools and the like but Nancy reassured me in the foreword of her intentions and worries, namely that this book wou [...]

    16. I didn t like the frequent capitalisation of words, it did nothing but contribute to the loss of effect of what she was trying to stress Many people have said that her writing style is immature Whilst I do not disagree, I think it is relevant to the age at which she suffered At the start, when Nancy was 12 and she first became anorexic, her writing style is relevant to the age, now, in her 20s, her writing style has matured This book provides great insight into the world of both anorexia nervosa [...]

    17. 3.25 starsNot sure about this really.How would it be right to say I liked this or for that matter I hated it.This is somebody s life story.It was hard for me to read and really frustrating at times.Something I felt very uncomfortable with is the way she referred to her eating disorder and people in her life It was a very infantile style that I felt weird about Personal opinion though.

    18. The big picture is missing something, but individual descriptions and turns of phrase were, at times, breath taking The author has a knack for capturing complex emotions.

    19. As the other voice valiantly reminds me, anorexia is not a calm, serene state in which one floats, morally superior, above all others it is torture of the first degree While anorexic you were forced into deviousness and manipulation of such severity that you couldn t distinguish your true self from the lies you were telling you felt on the brink of insanity You endured taunts from your own mind so vicious, you would literally claw at your head, trying to wrench out the demon breathing its poison [...]

    20. You re a monster, Anorexia Skeletal but strong enticing but evil comforting but cruel And yet despite the taunts and the tricks and the torment I still feel drawn to you like a helpless magnet I still don t want you to leave me This book was sad and happy and tiring and hopeful and utterly absorbing all in one Simply put, it was phenomenal I can t believe I didn t read it sooner.Through beautiful writing, Nancy Tucker shows us her life She shows us what it is like to be trapped in your own mind [...]

    21. I had a difficult time with this book The narrative was fascinating, but the way the author approached it was less than stellar The writing style seemed a bit immature and the scenes were often redundant, inelegant, and distracting That being said, I was compelled to continue reading the memoir, and found a few gems toward the end I feel that this book could have used a better editor and perhaps a cohesive narrative structure and focus.My favorite It isn t about Size Zero or Magazine Models or [...]

    22. The Time in Between is one the greatest memoirs I have read It chronicles Nancy Tucker s life through difficult eating disorders, life dominated by thinking of food It s hard to read, but you really get into Nancy s head and see what kinds of thoughts can drive a person to starve him herself Something I haven t understood before The writing is also incredibly good and enjoyable to read, even though the subject is far from enjoyable The only bits I didn t quite get are these sections between chap [...]

    23. Outstanding What an incredible book This author describes her challenges with eloquent grace , but also without sugar coating anything It highlights the many facets of eating disorders that many people, including myself, would never imagine I applaud her on her continuing journey She is an excellent writer, I highly recommend this book

    24. Too wordy, too self indulgent, too hypocritical There were some moments of really lovely and exquisite prose, but on the whole the book just felt bogged down by its own verbosity and by its enjoyment in stating the impossible not eating for three months , as though challenging other ED sufferers to compete in the Suffering Olympics.

    25. You re a monster, Anorexia Skeletal but strong enticing but evil comforting but cruel And yet despite the taunts and the tricks and the torment I still feel drawn to you like a helpless magnet I still don t want you to leave me.Wow, this memoir really hit home There was a period in my life where I too struggled with food I never had to get medical help for it, but I know the way I was losing weight wasn t healthy What really amazed me was how well Tucker addresses the deeper issues that aren t t [...]

    26. Before reading this book I didn t really know what an eating disorder was I thought it was just not eating or making your throw up from eating I didn t think about the psychological aspects of an eating disorder, the part that makes people do these things This book gave me such an insight into what is like to be suffering have suffered from an eating disorder They don t just effect the part of the life that they controlled on a day to day basis, they effect your whole life afterwards This book s [...]

    27. I discovered this book at the great Buchmesse in Frankfurt, Germany last year It was one of the many upcoming books that caught my eye, so I picked up a card about the book and added it to my wish list on Fortunately for me , I later had the opportunity to receive an ARC from the publisher and now to write this review.I rarely read the Forward of a book, but I found myself reading this one, mostly because I knew the story was autobiographical, and Tucker was setting some boundaries and doing som [...]

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