Dec 092011

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (September 6, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439192464
ISBN-13: 978-1439192467
Food is not just sustenance. It is memories, a lobster roll on the beach in Maine; heritage, hot pastrami club with a half-sour pickle; guilty pleasures, a chocolate rum-soaked Bundt cake; identity, vegetarian or carnivore. Food is the sensuality of a ripe strawberry or a pork chop sizzling on the grill. But what if the very thing that keeps you alive, that bonds us together and marks occasions in our lives, became a toxic substance, an inflammatory invader? In this beautifully written memoir, both gut-wrenching and inspiring, award-winning writer Jon Reiner explores our complex and often contradictory relationship with food as he tells the story of his agonizing battle with Crohn’s disease—and the extraordinary places his hunger and obsession with food took him.
The Man Who Couldn’t Eat is an unvarnished account of a marriage in crisis, children faced with grown-up fears, a man at a life-and-death crossroads sifting through his past and his present. And it shows us a tough, courageous climb out of despair and hopelessness. Aided by the loving kindness of family, friends, and strangers and by a new approach to food, Reiner began a process of healing in body and mind. Most of all, he chose life—and a renewed appetite, any way he could manage it, for the things that truly matter most.
My Thoughts:
I have heard of Crohns disease but didn’t know exactly what it is until reading this book. I can’t imagine having to go through anything like this, or the effects it would have on family. It not only reads like a memoir, it is also like reading a mystery/thriller, filled with scenes that will stay with you for a long time.
There were times I feel the author went a little off track, but overall I enjoyed this book.

  4 Responses to “The Man Who Couldn’t Eat by Jon Reiner”

  1. I actually know a few people who have relatives with Crohn's, so this would definitely be of interest to me.

  2. I know Crohn's is horrible to live with. This sounds like quite a story.

  3. I've known several people with this disease and they have all reacted to it with different levels of severity. It is a daunting illness to have.

  4. I've been wanting to read this. I have a close friend who's battling Chrohn's and it seems to be at its worst right now — I don't know how she manages every day, but she does. I'm not really sure how I would fare in her shoes. Can't wait to read this to really get in the head of someone inflicted with the disease! I think it would be a real eye opener.

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