SOURCE: Harry Max Publishing Company

December 01, 2005 06:00 ET

Popular Book "Humanville" Helps Readers Overcome Anorexia and Bulimia

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 1, 2005 -- "Humanville," a popular novel that is rapidly gaining national acclaim, helps readers of all ages overcome the horrors of eating disorders. This novel is a loosely based account of author Cynthia French's journey through the nightmare of anorexia and bulimia and her miraculous recovery. It takes the reader through the realization that recovery is possible and gives a step-by-step guide to achieving health and a normal lifestyle.

"Humanville" is the spiritually based story of Desmond Durango, an aspiring singer who lives in Humanville, the most powerful and impressive city in the world. Desmond, like everyone in Humanville, is consumed with appearances, money, power, and fear. In a quest to achieve perfection and success, Desmond is consumed with anorexia and bulimia. She struggles with her fear until she goes through a life-changing experience that helps her understand the power of choice and self-love.

Ms. French readily admits that "Humanville" is not the typical self-help book. She wanted to write a non-threatening book that embraces those who are currently struggling with anorexia and bulimia. She also wanted to share her experiences in a way that loved ones could understand what goes on inside the mind of someone who is suffering from eating disorders.

French explains, "When I was struggling with these diseases, I would've welcomed a book like this. Too many of the resources available at the time were too blatant and threatening. I would've been ashamed to buy a book that stated 'anorexia' and 'bulimia.' I might as well have carried a sign that read, 'I have an eating disorder.'" She's also careful to make the distinction between the words former and recovered. "I don't consider myself a recovered anorexic or bulimic. Instead, I think of myself as a former anorexic and bulimic, implying that I've addressed the root causes of the disease. 'Humanville' is my story of triumph over these eating disorders. If I can achieve victory, I know that everyone is capable of the same. I hope 'Humanville' helps in this quest."

"Humanville" is available through the official website,,, and all retail outlets.

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