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A brave and witty examination of how and why we try to control our bodies with food.

Like most people, Kimberly Rae Miller does not have the perfect body, but that hasn’t stopped her from trying. And trying. And trying some more. She’s been at it since she was four years old, when Sesame Street inspired her to go on her first diet. Postcollege, after a brief stint as a diet-pill model, she became a health-and-fitness writer and editor working on celebrities’ bestselling bios—sugarcoating the trials and tribulations celebs endure to stay thin.

But what is the ideal body? Knowing she’s far from alone in this struggle, Kim sets out to find the objective definition of this seemingly unattainable level of perfection. While on a fascinating and hilarious journey through time that takes her from obese Paleolithic cavewomen, to the bland menus that Drs. Graham and Kellogg prescribed to promote good morals in addition to good health, to the binge-drinking-prone regimen that caused William the Conqueror’s body to explode at his own funeral, Kim ends up discovering a lot about her relationship with her own body.

Warm, funny, and brutally honest, Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who’s ever been caught in a power struggle with his or her own body…in other words, just about everyone.

“Miller’s story is one that any woman can slip into with great ease.” —New York Daily News

Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a beautifully tidy apartment in Brooklyn. You would never guess that behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house hid teetering stacks of aging newspaper, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room — the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding.

In this dazzling memoir, Kim brings to life her experience of growing up in a rat-infested home, hiding her father’s shameful secret from friends for years, and of the emotional burden that ultimately led to her suicide attempt. And in beautiful prose, Miller sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents that has thrived in spite of the odds .

Coming Clean is a story about recognizing where you come from and understanding the relationships that define you. It is also a powerful story of recovery and redemption.

Wall Street Journal Bestseller & Amazon's Top 100 Books of 2013

Kim was featured in Katharine Sise’s breakthrough career guide Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career.  Inside you’ll find her tips for launching a successful career in blogging and digital video, as well as advice from other amazing Creative Girls.

Kim contributes regularly to CBS Radio sites to keep readers updated on entertainment news and New York nightlife.

Wondering where to shop or spend the night out in New York?  Kim regularly writes about what’s not to be missed in New York living for CBS New York.

Yahoo’s women’s only site had been a home for Kim’s syndicated work from The Kim Challenge and Condé Nast’s Elastic Waist.

Check out Kim’s Rational Diet Commandments on Shine!

Kim contributed weekly to this popular gathering place for fitness fiends, providing reviews of exercise DVDs, group fitness classes, diet and fitness books, and interviews with fitness industry leaders.

Read Kim’s interview with home fitness legend Denise Austin

Sadly, Elastic Waist is no more, but this well-loved Condé Nast blog focused on our cultural obsession with weight.  Not only did Kim host the Webby Honored ‘Daily Special’ show each day, but she wrote daily about weight and self-acceptance.