Ink in Water

Ink in Water

An Illustrated Memoir (or, How I Kicked Anorexia's Ass and Embraced Body Positivity)

Graphic Novel - 2017
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"An incredibly important, extremely relatable memoir about learning to love the hardest person of all: yourself."
--Liz Prince, author of Tomboy

"Compelling, funny, occasionally heartbreaking, and full of genuine hope in ways that most graphic memoirs never achieve artistically. ... Don't miss this one."
-- Library Journal Starred Review

At once punk rock and poignant, Ink in Water is the visceral and groundbreaking graphic memoir of a young woman's devastating struggle with negative body image and eating disorders, and how she rose above her own destructive behaviors and feelings of inadequacy to live a life of strength and empowerment.

As a young artist living in Portland, Lacy Davis's eating disorder began with the germ of an idea: a seed of a thought that told her she just wasn't good enough . And like ink in water, that idea spread until it reached every corner of her being. This is the true story of Lacy's journey into the self-destructive world of multiple eating disorders. It starts with a young and positive Lacy, trying to grapple with our culture's body-image obsession and stay true to her riot grrrl roots. And while she initially succeeds in overcoming a nagging rumination about her body, a breakup with a recovering addict starts her on a collision course withanorexia, health food obsession, and compulsive exercise addiction. At the request of her last real friend, she starts going to a twelve-step Overeaters Anonymous course, only to find that it conflicts with her punk feminist ideology.

Blending bold humor, a healthy dose of self-deprecation, vulnerability, literary storytelling, and dynamic and provocative artwork by illustrator Jim Kettner, Ink in Water is an unflinching, brutally honest look into the author's mind: how she learned to take control of her damaging thoughts, redirect her perfectionism from self-destructive behaviors into writing and art, and how she committed herself to a life of health, strength, and nourishment.

Publisher: Oakland, California :, New Harbinger Publications, Inc.,, 2017, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781626258310
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIX 616. 852620092 DAV D
Characteristics: 256 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Kettner, Jim - Illustrator

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List - World Mental Health Day
Liesel_C Sep 23, 2018

Learning to love yourself. This beautifully illustrated graphic memoir about body image and eating disorders is filled with engaging vulnerability as it tackles Davis's struggles with food restriction, anorexia, compulsive exercise and bulimia.


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