Jennifer Hendricks, a 25-year-old Denver woman who lost her battle with anorexia in 1998, weighed only 45 pounds when she died. Slim to None: A Journey Through the Wasteland of Anorexia Treatment, is the story of her tragic suffering."It took three weeks for my body to shut down," Hendricks wrote in her journal. "I felt at peace, finally emptied of all the mind and body filth. No more disgust with my body...with me. And I didn't have to worry about how guilty I feel when I eat and throw up, and even worse, how anguished I feel when I eat and don't throw up."
Graydon D. Hubbard, a retired accountant now living in Steamboat Springs, edited and published his daughter's harrowing journals at her request (although he used a pseudonym to protect her identity). "This was something that Jenny asked me to do," says Hubbard. "When somebody tells me that reading this book has made a difference in their life, I feel that I've done the right thing, and I think that my daughter would be happy as well."
Hubbard will read from Slim to None tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Bookstore, 2955 East First Avenue in Cherry Creek North, and at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, April 24, at the Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder. For further information, visit www.tatteredcover.com, www.boulderbookstore.com. or www.nationaleatingdisorders.org. -- Julie Dunn
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Why wait at the cineplex for the next Spielberg? Denver's own First Look Student Film Festival, now in its third year, will unspool fresh works from around the globe this weekend. From Misdemeanor, by Jonathan LeMond, to a survivor's documentary on Mideast violence, the 45 original works cover a world of views. Shows are at 7 tonight and 2 and 7 p.m. tomorrow, April 19, at the Starz FilmCenter. Tickets are $5 to $7; call 303-820-FILM. -- Ernie Tucker
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The Museo de las Américas has weathered some rough financial storms over the past decade, and its survival is reason to celebrate. Fortunately, the museum has just the show to put you in the mood: El Brindis (The Toast): Four Beverages From Mexico. The exhibit includes nearly a hundred photographs from the past century that capture Mexican life while focusing on four homegrown drinks: tequila, mezcal, pulque and cerveza. We'll drink to that! The museum, at 827 Santa Fe Drive, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays; El Brindis runs through June 7. Call 303-571-4401. -- Patricia Calhoun