Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing

Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing

Christine O'Brien remembers growing up in NYC's famous Dakota apartment with her powerful father, her beautiful mother, and a food obsesssion that consumed her. Hunger comes in many forms. A person can crave a steak in the same way that she can crave a perfect family life. In her memoir, Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing, Christine O'Brien tells the story of her own crav Christine O'Brien remembers growing up in NYC's famous Dakota apartment with her powerful father, her beautiful mothe...

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Title:Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing
Author:Christine O'Brien
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1250128838
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing Reviews

  • Lindsay
    Jul 07, 2018
    Because this was a galley, I don't know if the formatting will change. Sometimes the author jumped around chronologically in a single chapter and it would make more sense to have line breaks or something. I also hope the print version has pictures. This is a very interesting story a...
  • Kimberly
    Jul 23, 2018
    This memoir was atypical, in that it wasn't a bad-mommy or bad-daddy -focused memoir. In fact, in a lot of ways, the author had a privileged childhood. As someone who grew up envying Buffy and Jody on A Family Affair, I was primed to envy Christine and her brothers in their huge, high-...
  • Debbie
    Nov 09, 2018
    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review. For some reason, I had assumed that this book would be about the author's eating disorder but that really simplifies what it was about. This is O'Brien's story of years of her mother'...
  • George Ilsley
    Mar 19, 2019
    Thrown off by the subtitle here. You have to travel 100 pages in before food is mentioned. Even then the author struggles to foreground food issues. In fact, as she matures and moves to California her mother's food regime becomes normalized. Unfortunately this memoir deteriorates as it...
  • Susie Williams
    Sep 24, 2018
    (I received an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.) This book was quite different than what I expected, but still so very interesting. I am a huge fan of food memoirs, but this definitely isn't the type of food memoir I'm used to. In fact, it t...
  • Janet
    Jun 25, 2018
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Christine O'Brien remembers growing up in NYC's famous Dakota apartment with her powerful father, her beautiful mother, and a food obsession that consumed ...
  • Michael
    Jun 21, 2018
    I chose this because the description caught my eye, and it seemed a short read at only 288 pages. Unfortunately, Crave left much to be desired very early on. Personally, I do not like overly descriptive books. That's not to say I want them overly vague as well, but I would prefer to se...
  • Jeff
    Jul 26, 2018
    A famous father, a health-obsessed mother and the iconic Dakota Apartments in NYC are just the beginning set up for what is a powerful memoir by author Christine O'Brien. Her skilled and delicately written story carries you in a dream-like state through childhood and into the resulting...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    Oct 20, 2018
    Crave is a memoir based around food and the author's life long struggle with it. Reared in a family that had its issues, in the early 70s, Christine's mother put the entire family on a severe dietary regime that impacted how all the children felt and dealt with food for their rest of t...
  • Maureen
    Jun 26, 2018
    Christine O?Brien?s writing is fabulously evocative with descriptions that compel you to turn the page, along with a gripping story that is as timely as it is deeply personal. Impossible to put down, and moving and resonant to the past page. I love this book! ...
  • Suzanne
    Nov 05, 2018
    Author Christine O?Brien artfully describes a childhood spent somewhere in the figurative space between celebrity and abuse; she is not quite certain herself and leaves her readers unclear as well. Her father was unknown outside of the entertainment industry, yet his work entertained...
  • Jill Mackenzie
    Jul 29, 2018
    I was offered this book from my Book Of The Month club. This is one of the better memoirs that I have read in a very long time. This is great book for a book club, so much to discuss in this well written read ! ...
  • Susan
    Dec 05, 2018
    This was a crazy book about a crazy family. It was all over the place, chronologically, emotionally, historically. But in a crazy way, I really liked it. The author had a strange relationship with her mother but then, don't we all? ...
  • Lissa
    Oct 12, 2018
    Christine grew up in the home of an ABC executive father and a former farm girl/beauty pageant queen mother. Her mother dealt with her bad-tempered husband by becoming obsessed with a "healthy" diet plan that included eating blended salad three times a day (I looked it up and it is a r...
  • SundayAtDusk
    Jun 16, 2018
    Crave is very much a book of descriptions, descriptions of people, places, seasons. Early on, I began to long for more talk of feelings, instead of all of those descriptions. By the time the memoir got to extensively describing food and family meals, my interest in the story was seriou...
  • Kristen
    Mar 02, 2019
    I saw this book on the shelf of new releases and was interested in the title, so I checked it out. This is an easy read and I finished it in a few days. I enjoyed the authors writing, it was relatable and to the point. However, she would jump so far in time within chapters (example her...
  • Mimi Fintel
    Dec 10, 2018
    This memoir was written by the daughter of Ed Scherick, the successful TV and film producer who created shows and films like ABC's Wide World of Sports and The Stepford Wives. Mr. Scherick was a man with an explosive temper. His lovely wife, Carol, had survived a horrific accident when...
  • Jill Blevins
    Feb 04, 2019
    This checked all the boxes for what I crave to read, but it left me kind of disappointed like a meal at Applebee's when I was promised Chez Panisse. It's like writing you've read a hundred times in any college writing course, although very polished, also very pedestrian and very forget...
  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    Oct 26, 2018
    Thank you to St. Martin's Press who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. Christine Scherick O'Brien is the daughter of late ABC broadcast executive Ed Scherick, who brought TV shows such as "That Girl!", "Batman" and "Peyton Place" to the screen as well as movies like "The...
  • Andrea
    Jun 18, 2018
    I recieved this book as a Netgalley ARC. Crave is based on the life of Christine O'Brien as she grows up with a famous, angry father and a mother who strives for control by forcing an extreme diet on her family. It has lasting effects, positive and negative, on the author and her three...
  • Jena Henry
    Jun 25, 2018
    Who is Christine O?Brien and what does she crave? After reading her memoir, I?m not sure. But I do know that I enjoyed getting to know Christine and her family and I took pleasure in the well-tuned phrasing of this story. Although the book blurb promised painful revelations, I ...
  • Jane
    Jul 25, 2018
    What a compelling telling of an interesting life, Christine draws you into her story and her family with ease. Every time I picked up Crave I found myself eager to find out what happened next-so much so that I finished in one day! Even though Carol was a flawed mother, you can?t help...
  • Taylor
    Nov 12, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir! I found it to move quickly and overall thought it was hard to put down, which is always a plus. I wanted to know more about Christine's life growing up in a wealthy household headed by two parents with strikingly different personalities. It's an intrig...
  • Pattyboas
    Aug 07, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed Christine O'Brien?s memoir, Crave. She and her three brothers simultaneously experienced a childhood filled with privilege and deprivation. This beautifully crafted book takes the reader on O?Brien's complex journey to independence and self-awakening. Untang...
  • Susan Pollock
    Jun 26, 2018
    I cannot describe how moved I was by this beautifully crafted work. CRAVE is an extremely moving story of an eccentric family. It is exquisitely written and the reader is taken inside of this family's dynamic in the most intimate way. This author is a remarkable talent and the writing...
  • Anne
    Jul 20, 2018
    This memoir is refreshingly genuine and a wonderful read. Christine O?Brien holds her readers closely in her trust throughout the book. She kept a journal since she was a little girl, and I felt right there with her in age and perspective. Her father was undeniably brilliant and a to...
  • Marianne
    Jun 26, 2018
    What a beautiful book! I was totally captivated from the very beginning. It is richly layered and pulled me in deeper with each page. It was very difficult to put down. The scenes are so richly animated. I can visualize the movie! I actually want to read it again, something I most neve...
  • Rosanne Page
    Aug 07, 2018
    I have a list of books written by new authors that I keep and recommend to friends. The book, Crave by Christine O'Brien will be added to that list. Crave drew me in from the beginning and held my interest to the end. The book has many layers to it and Christine masterfully uncovers...
  • Ann
    Jul 28, 2018
    I so enjoyed this book!! This is an honest, genuine and almost raw account of growing up in what would seem to an outsider as a very privileged life. It is the ?cycle of life? of Christine?s mother and father, and then how her life plays off of her relationship with them and thei...
  • Paula
    Nov 08, 2018
    Just finished this beautiful literary memoir in one sitting. I was glued to my seat - I loved loved LOVED it!! The author's voice shines through and it?s a lyrical, poetic and heart-wrenching voice that tells the tale. Beyond the smokey seventies glamour that framed her youth, beneat...