Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Darnella Ford

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

Dear Jesus,

Gerry didn't work out because Gerry didn't work. And after spending one night in complete darkness because "pretty didn't pay the light bill," Gerry and I broke up and are no longer speaking.

Marshall wasn't a viable suitor because when he finally revealed himself to me, I found out that his breasts were larger than mine because he used to be a she. Marshall and I are no longer speaking.

Keith could have been the one. I met him at a taco stand and I was certain he was the "It Man." He was beautiful, articulate, and one my favorite things on earth, employed. When I was in his presence he felt like the last man on earth. But on our first date I became extremely irritated by this simple fact: his wife kept paging him during our meal.

So, Jesus, I am down on my knees begging for mercy. I ask for an eligible, employed, nonviolent single man with no current wives or husbands who has more teeth than felony convictions to enter my world and escort me to the rest of my life. Amen.

---from Michael (a woman, craving her "It Man")



There are countless numbers of people who walk around each day with a gaping hole in the middle of their heart and as a result they leak.
And long.
And crave.


Praise for Crave

“Provocative, masterful and poetically written, Darnella Ford delivers an exceptional read.” —Kimberla Lawson Roby, bestselling author of Too Much of a Good Thing

“The 'fatal attraction' twist and the characters are superbly developed. . .enjoyable, insightful and entertaining read.” —Mary Monroe, national bestselling author of God Still Don't Like Ugly

“Darnella Ford's writing raises the standard of contemporary relationship fiction. She writes with a lavish, poetic confidence that challenges the intellect, stirs the heart and satisfies the soul.” —RM Johnson, Essence bestselling author of Dating Games

“More than 7 million Americans struggle with binge eating disorder (BED), according to a recent Harvard-based study, yet few of us know much about the condition. Cynthia Bulik, director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program and the author of a new book, Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop, helps shed light on the problem.” —Naomi Barr, O Magazine

“Dr. Bulik here brings her nearly 30 years of expertise to the public… the tips provided by Bulik in conjunction with good medical and psychological care can lead to complete recovery. Readers can find their general profile, which describes their psychology, learn good eating habits (such as always eating breakfast), and learn how to fit physical activity into their life.” —Library Journal

“Chock full of up-to-the-minute science, supportive encouragement, and true life stories, this book is a must-read if you've ever struggled with out-of-control eating or the weight gain so often associated with binge eating disorder.” —Aimee Liu, author of Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders

“As both former Secretary of Health & Human Services and someone with a close connection to this subject, I am professionally and personally aware of the importance of providing education about eating difficulties that can have an enormous and widespread impact on individuals and their loved ones. I applaud Dr. Bulik for tackling this complex subject in a practical, sensitive, and supportive way.” —Tommy G. Thompson

“Bulik's straight talk, engaging examples, and compassionate approach may break the pattern of isolation, hopelessness, and deep shame that keeps so many imprisoned in the binge eating cycle.” —Margo Maine, Ph.D., coauthor (with Joe Kelly) of The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to Be Perfect, and author of Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters, and the Pursuit of Thinness and Body Wars: Making Peace with Women's Bodies

“Dr. Bulik's no-nonsense, easy to read, respectful and clear approach is refreshing. Crave helps us all better understand the illness while providing concrete tools and hope for a successful recovery.” —Lynn S. Grefe, chief executive officer of National Eating Disorders Association (

Crave offers access to extraordinary clinical wisdom without the clinical distance. With lively language and a gift for relevant metaphor, Dr. Bulik draws together the science and practice of eating disorder treatment for binge eating--an important and under-served issue.” —Laura Collins, director of Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (

“In Crave, Dr. Bulik empowers people who struggle with binge eating disorder to take action. She offers her incredible insight and knowledge of eating disorders with compassion and understanding in order to help people reach the ultimate goal: Success. Thank you, Dr. Bulik, for this amazing book.” —Kitty Westin, president of Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action

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About the author

Darnella Ford

Darnella Ford is a Spoken Word artist and performs regularly in the Los Angeles area, where she lives. She is currently at work on her next novel.

Darnella Ford

Darnella Ford

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