This friendly book is full of appealing characters triumphing over surprising foibles and weakenesses.  It's a fun read.  All my gueses about what would happen next were enjoyably off!

The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne 

This is a brilliant expose under the guise of a gripping novel. Walker takes us through the twisted fiction of media as regards 'weight-loss' scams and their traumatic impact on food addicts.

If the young girls in this book can overcome the obstacles in their lives, we can certainly overcome food addiction.  This book will stir the courage inside you to do the next right thing.

The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch 

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

This book is a triumph of patience and determination against great odds. The central character is a relationship.  The clarity of the protagonist is striking as he identifies his desire and waits decades for fulfillment. Many food addicts have also had to wait for decades to realize their desires.  This book will encourage us to wait with expectation of success.

The Art of Fielding: A Novel by Chad Harbach  

This is another story of triumph over adversity and the role of a dear friendship. This kind of reading builds the desire to live life with beauty and integrity.

by Sarai Walker

My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One by Elena Ferrante

This is a moving story of the love between a man and boy.  The lessons taught to the boy ultimately allow him to triumph in life.  We can use those lessons too.

Bossypants by Tina Fey


Food Addiction Books

This is a long book that starts with a loss and moves through passages of great difficulty before arriving at peace.  The central character starts as a young boy.  His process of becoming a man of integrity could be an analogy for food addicts' passage from painful dependence to glorious freedom from doubt and confusion.

While this is certainly a book of humor, it is also an uplifting story of one woman's triumph over a childhood assault.  Ms. Fey's creativity and perseverance  will inspire us to crank up our own creative urges and enjoy the result.

In recovery from food addiction, we realize that a clean, balanced food plan is only about 25% of a comprehensive program.  It's very helpful to find activities that restore brain function while protecting the brain from damaging exposure to stress and food cues. Reading for pleasure is one of those restorative activities.  This page contains books which are fun to read and avoid strongly triggering passages.  Reading is a great way to reduce harmful activities such as watching television.  Enjoy!

This is a quirky book built around the character of a retired actor who is beset with romantic delusion.  Iris Murdoch is the master of characterization.  It's a fascinating read.

The Breadwinner Trilogy  by Deborah Ellis

This book will make you realize that setbacks happen to even those who are most prepared. Life happens. When this becomes the case, it’s best to have capable, determined, persistent people around you. This is the first reason we prevail in recovery from food addiction. If you think you have a great chance to overcome any problem, this is the inspiration for you.

This is the first of four incredible page-turners.  It is about two girls growing up and succeeding in spite of adverse conditions in Naples, Italy.  Their intelligence and friendship inspire us to seek out friends in recovery and fight to restore our intelligence. 

This is definitely a transformation story that any food-addicted person would love. Believe me, if Cheryl Strayed could hike the Pacific Trail, we can certainly do recovery from processed foods. I like that this book takes place primarily in the outdoors. We should all be inspired to spend more time outside, away from screens. We can also be inspired by the sheer grit Cheryl displays under a variety of tough circumstances. We can do this!

The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt 

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

This simple book takes place in the English countryside.  It is a pleasure.  See if you can guess the end!  I could not.