February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

CANCELLED -- Lisa Knopp will read about her struggles with anorexia in Bread: A Memoir of Hunger, from University of Missouri Press. When she was 54, Lisa Knopp’s weight dropped to a number on the scale that she hadn’t seen since seventh grade. The severe food restricting that left her thin and sick when she was 15 and 25 had returned. This time, she was determined to understand the causes of her malady and how she could heal from a condition that is caused by a tangle of genetic, biological, familial, psychological, cultural, and spiritual factors. This compelling memoir, at once a food and illness narrative, explores the forces that cause eating disorders and disordered eating, including the link between those conditions in women, middle-aged and older, and the fear of aging and ageism.

Lisa Knopp is the author of five collections of essays about place, nature, and spirituality. She is professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.