Appetites. Why Women Want

Author: Knapp, Caroline

Publication Date:

December 2011



Original language and publisher

English | Counterpoint Press

Territories Handled

World excl. English North America

Territories Sold

China (Commercial Press, Complex Chinese)
China ( Century Publishing Group of Shanghai, Simplified Chinese )
South Korea (Bookhouse Publishing)
Germany (Patmos Verlag)
Dutch (Scriptum )
Sweden (Forum Bokforlaget)


Biography, Memoir

Appetites. Why Women Want

Author: Knapp, Caroline


“Knapp’s prose is so luminous. . . that her final book emerges as one of compassion, wisdom, and grace.” ―Entertainment Weekly

In Appetites, Caroline Knapp confronts Freud’s famous question, “What do women want?” and boldly reframes it, asking instead: How does a woman know, and then honor, what it is she wants in a culture bent on shaping, defining, and controlling her desires? Knapp, bestselling author of Drinking: A Love Story and Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs, has turned her brilliant eye towards how a woman’s appetite–for food, love, work, and pleasure–has become a battlefield. She uses her own experiences with anorexia as a powerful exploration of what can happen when we are divorced from our most basic hungers–and offers her own success as testament to the joy of saying “I want.”

Provocative, important, and deeply familiar, Appetites beautifully–and urgently–challenges all women to learn what it is to feed both the body and the soul.