Zandbroz Book Signing In Sioux Falls, SD

Last Saturday I drove out to Sioux Falls, SD to do a reading at Zandbroz Variety Store. The store is awesome and we had a good group of people who came out to chat. I had a wonderful time in Sioux Falls, hanging out with old friends and making new friends. It was a perfect weekend trip.

Here is my odometer pre-trip:

In case you ever wondered what southern MN looked like:

Welcome to South Dakota!
The Sioux Falls of the Big Sioux River:

I took a little bit of a sidetrip through Nebraska and Iowa:


The odometer at the end of the trip:

It was a wonderful summer weekend. I hope to do more trips like this. I finally got to see South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. I’m still getting used to this whole Midwest thing…

I just wanted to let you know I finished reading your book, and I want to thank you for giving insight to those who are so desperately clinging onto myths and ridiculous beliefs about eating disorders.
"Just eat," is a phrase I hear often, and as an eating-disorder sufferer (first anorexia, then EDNOS as well) it made me breathe a sigh of relief, that at least SOMEONE out there struggling to dispel those untruths has it published for all to see. In the prologue, I copied down one of the quotes in your book on my bedroom wall. Specifically, it starts off with, "Eating disorders are complex pathologies…" and finishes with, "The happily-ever after endings of many of the eating disorder books on the market today is a myth."
Not only do I appreciate the fact that you took the time to delve into your tumultuous past, but I too am starting a memoir of my own, of the time I spent in an eating disorder unit, as well as a residential and partial/outpatient treatment program. When you wrote about having fits of rage, or simply changing millions of times because every outfit you tried on you thought made you look fat, I almost was brought to tears. I go through that almost every day, and I know how hard it is to be kept inside of a treatment facility and have no say nor control over anything you do.
I, too, use writing as an outlet for my grievances, anger, frustration, sadness … I liked the analogy you states when writing that you 'purge out all your feelings, emotions, anger…" it really makes sense.

I'm sure you get e-mails and letters and such commending your brilliant writing, but I just wanted to make it known that your memoir has truly touched me, and I will remember it as I continue my struggle. I wish you only the best in your journey.

Thank you again,
Jenna