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Coming in February, 2007 (National Eating Disorders Awareness Month)!



December 19, 2009

As 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.


below for more about Aimee's books & work.

Anthologies of fiction and nonfiction that Aimee has edited or contributed to.
a suspenseful novel of rescue and redemption set in Central Asia at the start of the Cold War, featuring two unforgettable heroines whose fates are irrevocably intertwined.
The unforgettable tale of star-crossed love that spans four decades and two continents.
A young photographer wrestles with her repressed past and identity as an Amerasian in New York's Chinatown. Now back in print after more than a decade, FACE is Aimee's first novel.
Work on Eating Disorders
While there are numerous memoirs available chronicling individual women’s struggles with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders, this is the first book to bring together many people’s stories to create a complete and candid picture of the recovery process. Aimee Liu has skillfully brought together firsthand accounts of recovery to create a realistic roadmap for the journey. This book also includes informational sidebars, written by professionals in the field, on topics including treatment options, choosing the right therapist, the pros and cons of medication, how parents and spouses can help, and much more.
How do anorexia and bulimia impact life AFTER recovery? GAINING is one of the first books about eating disorders to connect the latest scientific insights to the personal truth of life before, during, and especially after anorexia and bulimia.
America's first memoir of anorexia, and one of the earliest books about eating disorders, originally published in 1979
Craft & Criticism
Resources and suggestions for students and fellow writers
Aimee's latest book reviews