Hybrid | Unrestricted: Dawn Brockett in conversation with Kerry Garvin

Image shows the book cover of UNRESTRICTED, which features a photo of the author Dawn Brockett, and a photo photo of Kerry Garvin.

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At once heart-wrenching, heartwarming, and hopeful, Unrestricted is the story of how one woman stopped disappearing, started listening to her own voice, and finally claimed her rightful place in the world. In Unrestricted: How I Stepped Off the Tightrope, Learned to Say No, and Silenced Anorexia, Dawn Brockett refutes the long-standing paradigm that anorexia is about the anorectic’s need to control. Having battled and beaten severe restrictive anorexia herself, she proposes that anorexia is triggered by a lack of the space a young woman needs to fully individuate— to become who she chooses to be without being controlled by others.  With support from the former director of the NIMH and many pre-eminent researchers and clinicians in the space, Unrestricted issues a call to action to change the way anorexia—the deadliest of all mental illnesses—and anorectics are viewed and treated. It is a story with relevance beyond the singularity of anorexia nervosa. 

Dawn Brockett is a classically trained chef, college professor, advisor to clinical trials in anorexia, and managing director of a medical society.  She was previously published alongside the powerful stories of many extraordinary women in What Doesn’t Kill Her: Women’s Stories of Resilience in 2021. She lives in Idaho on a small but demanding farm with her outrageously talented wife, their remarkably smart and hilarious puppy, and a small flock of loud but prolific chickens.  Mountains of exceptional height, chocolate of profound depth and conversations of extraordinary length reliably lure her from her writing mat.

Kerry Garvin is Harvard University’s 2020 Thomas Small Prize Recipient, awarded annually at Harvard’s Commencement. In 2020, she graduated with a Dean’s Award of Achievement from Harvard University (Extension) with a Master’s of Liberal Arts in Creative Writing and Literature. In 2021, she co-founded Harridan and Strumpet Books, a womxn-author run publishing collective with a passion for progressive art that pushes established bounds and publishes voice-driven, high-quality books that represent a diverse array of writers. She works as a writer, editor, and professor while living on her family’s land in the mountains Western North Carolina.

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Unrestricted: How I Stepped Off the Tightrope, Learned to Say No, and Silenced Anorexia By Dawn Brockett Cover Image
ISBN: 9781955577120
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Published: Ranch Studios - March 7th, 2023

SKU: x672389