THE FASTING GIRL: A TRUE VICTORIAN MEDICAL MYSTERY

Mixing tragedy and optimism, Michelle Stacey unfolds how hidden family secrets can tear down a foundation quicker than the most mighty hurricane. The Taking of David is a remarkable tale of a son struggling with the shadowy figure of his father.

THE FASTING GIRL: A TRUE VICTORIAN MEDICAL MYSTERY

CONSUMED: WHY AMERICANS LOVE, HATE, AND FEAR FOOD

PRAISE FOR CONSUMED
“Gracefully written and thoughtful…Ms. Stacey takes us back to the age of innocence, when people ate for survival or pleasure, then shows us what happened in the 19th century, after the science of nutrition was born.”
                                              —The New York Times Book Review

“Stacey has a wicked, fine eye for the ironic detail and a lovely, clean style.”                                                  —Los Angeles Times

"[Stacey] interviews significant players in nutritional debates, and draws them so well that they scamper off the pages with the vibrancy of characters in a novel."          —The Boston Globe

"A wide-ranging and well-researched romp through the American alimentary psyche, exploring our ambivalent relationship with what we eat and the ways we try to control our food."                                                       —New York Daily News
PRAISE FOR THE FASTING GIRL
“A compulsively readable account intertwining topics as diverse
as the media, anorexia, religion, feminism, and the nature of entertainment.”                                          —Entertainment Weekly

"With its mix of biography and cultural history, The Fasting Girl does an excellent job of bringing the controversy to life. The young woman at the center of the storm remains an enigma, as Stacey readily admits, but the drama she inspired is an entertaining
surprise."                                                      —The Washington Post


"Stacey draws from period books and newspapers to bring Molly Fancher's story to life....gluttonous research and a taste for savory detail give this book nuance...It took a probing writer like Stacey to give [Fancher] a riveting second run."                —The Village Voice


"Lively, thorough, and nuanced...The Fasting Girl is many achievements rolled into one—a compelling narrative, a vivid profile, a detailed history of manners and mores and even medical professions."                                                                  —Salon.com