Gut Feelings: From Fear and Despair to Health and Hope Paperback – Feb 1 2003
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A blend of rambling biography and encouraging success story, Gut Feelings will take you right into the nitty-gritty of Carnie Wilson's life and the mysteries of gastric bypass surgery. If you think a similar surgery may be in your future, there is a lot to learn from this book--Wilson presents the gory details unflinchingly, and separate appendices from four specialists address more general questions and answers. Wilson's casual tone and conversational asides will make you feel like you're getting to know a new friend; that is, a new friend with a roller-coaster life and a habit of using curses as adjectives. She's frank and animated, with no real illusions about her strengths and weaknesses, but the repeat discussions of matter-of-fact drug use may distract some readers from the real story. Ultimately, the surgery is an interesting success, and professionals in health-related fields, as well as prospective patients, may find the specifics of one person's experience useful. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
When Wilson's gastric bypass surgery was broadcast over the Internet in 2001, it made news not simply because of Wilson's role as singer/songwriter with the pop group Wilson Phillips, nor because she is the daughter of The Beach Boys's Brian Wilson, but also because she had been (and remains) an advocate for self-acceptance, regardless of size. Despite years of dieting, Wilson suffered with morbid obesity, which threatened her health with skyrocketing cholesterol levels, hypertension, sleep apnea, sciatica, breathlessness, and joint pain. Gut Feelings is a wonderfully candid revelation of Wilson's life from childhood to maturity. Her weight problems were family rooted with nature and nurture both contributing and she frankly discusses her feelings about herself, her family, and her friends. After undergoing the bypass surgery, she lost over 150 pounds and had to relearn how to eat and, equally important, how to adjust emotionally to the new Carnie. Beyond the personal story, this book offers appendixes in which a bariatric surgeon, nutritionist, endocrinologist, and psychologist answer questions about open and laparoscopic gastric surgery. These appendixes are invaluable for anyone interested in weight-control surgery, but readers will get at least as much insight into it through the author's tale. Recommended for health collections. Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Born to a father famous in the pop music world and a loving, supportive mother, Carnie is a good-looking, personable woman who tells her story in a straight-forward, although slightly repetitive fashion. Parents, be forewarned about the casual attitude toward sex and drugs. Wilson's prose is laced with L.A. slang and profanity which no doubt reflects her speech, so that the book has an informal conversational tone. She is frank about her internal struggles, about feeling unloved by her father, and about fearing the surgery that transformed her life.
She has bid farewell to double cheeseburgers, fries and onion rings now, and, judging from the "after" photographs, she looks vibrantly happy and healthy.
Most recent customer reviews
Funny, intelligent. Carnie is a true inspiration. Creative, and wonderfully written.Published on Sept. 7 2003 by Bonnie
Especially for someone who has gone through WLS, this book is a wonderful read. Carnie Wilson's writing style is down to earth, never too technical, and always heartfelt. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Sarah B.
The instant I got this book, I began to read it, and I finished it in less than a day. This is a great autobiography because she doesn't really censor or edit, and that's what I... Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by Mark
As a woman who has a 100+lbs to lose, Carnie Wilson has given me a look into my own future(I have a scheduled consult for WLS). Read morePublished on March 13 2003 by Rachelle Pincus
The beginning of the book was a little slow, perhaps too much information regarding her personal life, family issues and such. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2003
This book was a good account of Carnie's journey. It really needed to be edited. Some may argue that editing would take away from the 'real Carnie' that was so 'in your face', but... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2002 by Amazon Customer
I have to say that I read the book in two days. The only book I usually read that fast is Jackie Collins. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002
I read Gut Feelings in one night, and found the book extremely insigtful. Carnie Wilson's story is personal (sometimes a bit too personal). Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002
Once again, another hit for fat people and the 'wonder' of weight loss surgery. I am disappointed in the book, and the person for the obvious mutulation of a healthy and... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2002
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