my name is caroline

My Name is Caroline

My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988, Gürze 1991, iUniverse 2000, Cogent Publishing 2013) is the first major autobiography by a bulimia survivor, and it resulted in hundreds of television and radio appearances by Ms. Miller, as well as international coverage in newspapers and magazines. Since 1988, Caroline has received tens of thousands of letters, calls and emails from people who say that the book saved their life and gave them the hope to start their own journey to wellness.  Professionals also say that it is an invaluable tool in helping family members understand the struggles of a loved one who has an eating disorder.

  • Could help you make a difference in the life of someone you love.

    Family Circle
  • In chronicling her seven-year slide into degradation and despair, Ms. Miller takes us not for a walk on the wild side to places the likes of which we’ve never seen, but to Baskin-Robbins and Steve’s Ice Cream in Harvard Square.

    The New York Times
  • Here is the candid, hard-hitting story of her descent into illness and her final brave triumph.

    The Literary Guild
  • This book is a classic of recovery and the best primer on eating disorders. I read “My Name is Caroline” when it was first published and I have given this book and recommended it over and over for women of all ages –and for family members who want to understand the dynamics of an eating disorder or food addiction. Miller’s story is powerful and persuasive, showing us how this disease is pervasive and how recovery is possible. I highly recommend this book if you are searching for help or understanding for yourself, your family or for a friend. This book is also perfect for a class or book group.

    Diane Cameron
  • Very real and inspirational. I read this in college when I was first recovering from my own eating disorder. This book is very reliable and honest. Best of all, the author practices what she preaches and offers real life support options in addition to follow up books.

    Cori Magnotta
  • Unforgettable Book ! I read this book when it first came out in the mid eighties. I still have my original copy and I can’t tell you how often I reread it. I am a voracious reader and this is probably the most honest book I have ever read. I bought a second copy when it was reprinted. You really feel like you KNOW Caroline when you read this. I don’t think this book is solely for bulimics. It is for anyone who enjoys a well written book by a relatable author. When I realized Caroline wrote Positively Caroline I was ecstatic. Make sure you give yourself some free time when you begin this because you won’t want to put it down.

    Amy Lincroft
  • I would recommend this book to any person who finds themselves struggling with an eating disorder. I read it over twenty years ago and it made me feel less alone. It made me more willing to seek help despite my shame. The writing is clear and her story is compelling. Ms. Adams Miller has done a service in sharing her story and her inspiring recovery. I also recommend the book she wrote more recently, Positively Caroline, which shows her continuing to thrive in recovery in middle age despite the challenges life brought her way.

    Michely Marlynn
my name is caroline

Still as relevant today as it was in 1988

The re-release of the book on the 25th anniversary of its initial publication includes book reviews, a new introduction, and a foreword from a leader in the eating disorder world who testifies to the incredible impact the book has had on shaping a generation of eating disordered individuals and the people who love and treat them.  Along with its sequel, “Positively Caroline,” these two books should be in the library of anyone who wants to understand not only how to get into recovery, but also how to stay there and learn to thrive and survive in new and positive ways.

Caroline’s journey to success has garnered many admirers, including journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, best-selling authors of ‘The Confidence Code,’ who say that Caroline’s story is inspiring and a testament to her confidence that she could overcome all challenges that came her way.

Five books that cite this book:

  • Full Lives: A Woman’s Guide to Freedom from Obsession with Food and Weight by Lindsey Hall on page 145, and Back Matter
  • Addictionary: A Primer of Recovery Terms & Concepts from Abstinence to Withdraw by C.A.P., Judith A. Wilson in Back Matter
  • Starving For Salvation: The Spiritual Dimensions of Eating Problems among American Girls and Women by Michelle Mary Lelwica in Back Matter
  • Real Gorgeous: The Truth About Body and Beauty by Kaz Cooke on page 73
  • The Diet Cure by Julia Ross on page 348
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