The Man Who Couldn't Eat

An extraordinary, unforgettable story of one man grappling with insatiable hunger.

By Jon Reiner Read by Dan John Miller Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction English, Unabridged 9h 7m Sell Sheet Also available on
The Man Who Couldn't Eat (Unabridged) - Jon Reiner
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7 Audio CDs September 6, 2011 $49.99 $39.99 9781611202663 Add to Cart
							Food is not just sustenance. It is memories, a lobster roll on the beach in Maine; heritage, hot pastrami club with a half-sour pickle; guilty pleasures, a chocolate rum-soaked Bundt cake; identity, vegetarian or carnivore. But what if the very thing that keeps you alive, that bonds us together and marks occasions in our lives, became a toxic substance? In this beautifully written memoir, both gut-wrenching and inspiring, award-winning writer Jon Reiner explores our complex and often contradictory relationship with food as he tells the story of his agonizing battle with Crohn's disease.
The Man Who Couldn't Eat is an unvarnished account of a marriage in crisis, children faced with grown-up fears, a man at a life-and-death crossroads sifting through his past and his present. And it shows us a tough, courageous climb out of despair and hopelessness. Aided by the loving kindness of family, friends, and strangers and by a new approach to food, Reiner began a process of healing in body and mind. Most of all, he chose life - and a renewed appetite, any way he could manage it, for the things that truly matter most.

Starred Review. Winner of a Listen Up Award for Nonfiction. "This compelling audio edition of Reiner's fascinating and heart-wrenching memoir features an inspired and intimate performance from narrator Dan John Miller. His delivery is well paced and steeped in genuine emotion...a compelling listen in which Miller speaks to listeners as if they were in the same room. It's a conversation they won't want to end." - Publishers Weekly

"...[narrator] authentically engaged with the humanity and pathos in the author's story...moving and instructive..." - AudioFile

"...heart-wrenching...An inspiring, incredible tale." - Kirkus Reviews

"I will never take eating for granted again. Wow! What a roller coaster. All I kept thinking was, you cannot be serious! But he was." - John McEnroe

"Jon has the moxie and the courage not only to tell the harrowingly real story of his fight to stay alive, but to do so with detachment and a crazy sense of irony. His memoir about food, hunger, and a near death experience is a food lover's nightmare and - with his food memories as the focal point - a necessary read." - Jonathan Waxman

"I have spent years of my life obsessing about my weight, feeling guilt over every mouthful. Jon Reiner's magnificent and devastating memoir, The Man Who Couldn't Eat, accomplished the impossible. It made me shut up and enjoy my food." - Ayelet Waldman, author of Red Hook Road

"Reiner writes a horrendously funny account of his condition in which food is his mortal enemy. He is the Olympian of a modern truth - our daily bread has it in for us - and his book hits the mark." - Lore Segal, author of Her First American and Shakespeare’s Kitchen

"Reiner is such a vivid writer that this first-person account of a food lover's descent into hell is, at turns, gripping, horrifying, excruciating and, ultimately, redeeming." - Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, James Beard Award-winning authors of The Flavor Bible and The Food

"Jon Reiner has thrown the door to the mysterious world of chronic illness wide open in The Man Who Couldn't Eat, a memoir of an experience that is as illuminating to read about as it was horrifying to live. This wholly enthralling book will make you appreciate every breath you take - and every bite you eat." - Terry Teachout, drama critic, The Wall Street Journal, and author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

“[Narrator] Dan John Miller…does a fine job of relaying the author’s vulnerability. Recommended…” - Library Journal