Lighter Than My Shadow, Katie Green, 2013
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Lighter than My Shadow is based on author and artist Katie Green’s struggles with anorexia and self-esteem, and her eventual recovery.
The graphic memoir follows Green from her early childhood, when she hid uneaten toast behind a bookcase, to her teenage years when she became increasingly obsessed with food and control issues.
In the second half of the book, Green looks at cycles of recovery and relapse, and a betrayal of trust by a therapist. The story captures how hard and complex anorexia is but ends with guarded optimism that there is hope for getting better.
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