Release Date: November 1, 2014
The Body Tourist
EARLY PRAISE FOR THE BODY TOURIST
The Body Tourist is riveting reading, the biography of an illness as stubborn as the woman determined to kill it. Dana Lise Shavin can write with both hands, by turns comic and tragic, and always fiercely honest. If you think that anorexia is a 'done' topic, think again."
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean
This is what I want in a memoir, a personal journey that draws me in, told beautifully with shattering self-awareness and an eye for detail. What sets it apart is Shavin's vivid prose and gutting sense of humor. The Body Tourist is a witty, insightful read… a courageous journey for all of us trying to push our weight around in the world."
—Eleanor McCallie Cooper, author of Grace: An American Woman in China
The miracle of this masterful memoir is knowing this vulnerable, lost girl turns into the compassionate, wise narrator of The Body Tourist. Shavin draws us into the anorexic world and makes us want to stay—although being there is excruciating. Brilliant—I couldn’t put it down."
—Suzanne Fisher Staples, author of Under the Persimmon Tree
Dana Shavin's passage from self-induced deprivation to full-course living demonstrates courage. Her memoir, which shapes emotional pain into a tender and engaging narrative, illuminates literary power."
—Whitney Stewart, author of A Catfish Tale
What makes the book so compelling is Shavin's elegant prose and her intensely personal writing style. The book is distinctive because it pulls off a rare triple play, blending Shavin's points of view as a writer, professional therapist, and patient."
—Mark Kennedy, Chattanooga Times Free Press
A courageous memoir about living with a life-threatening eating disorder... She writes an honest, compelling story... Dana's contribution through this memoir is a great one...with a healthy optimistic ending."
—Elise Walters, NetGalley Reviewer
Absolutely a cracker of a book... brilliant."
--Pam Thomas, Bluefish Book Reviews
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dana Lise Shavin was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and lives in her father’s hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1986, she obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked for fifteen years as a therapist, behavior specialist, and psychological examiner. She left the mental health field to pursue a career in art and to focus on her writing. For the past fifteen years, she has made her living as a fine art painter, exhibiting at outdoor art fairs and in galleries throughout the United States.
Dana’s essays have appeared in Oxford American magazine, The Sun, The Writer, Zone 3, Alaska Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre, Third Coast, Puerto del Sol, Hawaii Pacific Review, Willow Review, Palo Alto Review, Skirt!, Gravy, Chatter, and numerous alternative health, arts, and entertainment newspapers. She has been a monthly columnist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press since 2002, and is the editor of the Chattanooga Jewish Federation newspaper, The Shofar. She has been a panelist and workshop presenter at Keystone College’s literary conference, The Gathering, since 2012, and has spoken and read at venues as diverse as the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Jewish Cultural Center, as part of the University of Tennessee Women’s Speakers Series, the Meacham Writers Workshop, the Hunter Museum of American Art, and at various book clubs, writers groups, and performance venues. She received a MakeWork literary arts grant in 2008.
In 2011, Dana returned to her mental health roots and became a certified professional life coach. She specializes in finding balance and fulfillment in life and work, and goal-setting with soul.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DANA AND HER WORK AT www.DanaShavin.com, WHICH ALSO HOSTS HER BLOG, GET MY DRIFT.
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