BACK TO LIFE!
December 19, 2009As some of you know, for the past two years I've been collecting letters from all over the world for a book about recovery from eating disorders, to benefit the work of the Academy for Eating Disorders in advancing research in the fields of treatment and prevention. Hundreds of contributors have written about their experiences of the different stages of recovery, and I've been collecting advice and insights from eating disorder professionals, as well. Our goal is to let those who know recovery best trace the arc of this experience in their own true voices.
This is not an easy time to find a publisher for a book -- any book -- but I am delighted to announce that I have just signed a contract for publication with Trumpeter Books, an imprint of Shambhala Press, to publish BACK TO LIFE: Voices of Recovery from Eating Disorders in 2011.
Serendipity guided me to this publisher. Shambhala is known for books related to the practice and faith of Buddhism, but Trumpeter is a new imprint covering mindful awareness, psychology, health, literature, memoir, and personal growth. It turned out to be a perfect fit, not only for our book but also for anyone with an interest in true recovery. Current titles in the Trumpeter list include Creative Recovery, The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living, The Open-Focus Brain, Partners in Healing, Perfect Love Imperfect Relationships, and When No One Understands. Take a peek at these and other offerings at
Of course, the road to publication is almost as slow and painstaking as the road to recovery. My generous working partners on this journey are past president of the AED Dr. Judith Banker and Dr. Amanda Weishuhn. We have miles to go yet, as we finish selecting and editing the final contributions. Then, we will be sending edited copy to contributors for approval.
If you have contributed a letter for this project, I want to thank you. If you have moved or changed contact info since you sent me your letter, I hope you'll send your new contact info to GainingTheTruth@gmail.com so we can reach you. Even if we cannot use your letter, we are very grateful for your candor, your insights, and your support.
We expect the book to be published in time for the AED's 2011 International Conference on Eating Disorders, at the end of April 2011. We're hoping to throw a big book party at the conference, so I hope to see you there. I know it seems like eons away, but time is short!
That's my news for now.
I wish you health, love, joy, and peace this holiday season.