Hungry for Life: A Memoir Unlocking the Truth Inside an Anorexic Mind

Genre: Non Fiction

Book Summary

In this painfully moving memoir, take a firsthand look at anorexia through the eyes of a young girl. Even in kindergarten, Rachel Richards knows something isn't right. By leading us through her distorted thoughts, she shines a light on the experience and mystery of mental illness.

As she grows up, unable to comprehend or communicate her inner trauma, Rachel lashes out, hurting herself, running away from home, and fighting her family. Restricting food gives her the control she craves. But after being hospitalized and force-fed, Rachel only retreats further into herself.

With a driving perfectionism, she graduates college with honors. But at sixty-nine pounds, Rachel is a shell of nervous and obsessive behaviors that have controlled her life. Years of self-harm and self-loathing have fueled the inner battles between good and evil, health and sickness, and life and death.

Acting on stage offers her moments of freedom from the skewed perceptions she's constructed over the years. But her dream of a career in theater is not enough to save her. What is the secret that will finally unleash her will to recover?


"Enlightening and moving, this book gripped me from the first page to the last."

"Through her story, readers can really see how a person can think so differently under the throes of a mental disorder."

"Telling her story from the inside out allows the reader to better understand the tenacious grip of this disorder and the pain, fear and confusion that goes along with it."

"It is heart wrenching but the author clearly has a sense of humor and knows how to tell her life story with ease."

"This book really pulled me in. I savored every word on each page. A thoroughly enjoyable read. I couldn't put it down."

About the Author

After years of struggling with an eating disorder, author Rachel Richards turned her life around and now helps others in pain.

Returning to school after earning her BFA in theater from Hofstra University, she graduated from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences and started her own private practice in Manhattan as a licensed and board-certified massage therapist. She hosts a popular YouTube channel, has spoken at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has written several articles for Recovery Warriors, an online magazine dedicated to helping eating disorder sufferers get the treatment they need, and she has written numerous articles on health and self-care, which can be found at

Watch the author's talk at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):

Hear her interview on Speak Up Talk Radio:

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