MC alumna Myers shares personal struggle with eating disorder during Oct. 1 book reading

September 26, 2002

Amanda Myers, a 2001 graduate of Maryville College, will read from her book “Into the Wind: An Addict’s Journey Toward Recovery,” at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 1, in the Lawson Auditorium of Fayerweather Hall on the Maryville College campus.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

“Into the Wind,” written as a senior thesis during Myers’ junior and senior years at Maryville, was published recently by RedLine Editorial Services in White Bluff, Tenn. It tells the true story of Myers’ struggles with anorexia and bulimia, her time in recovery and the bike trip to Savannah, Ga., that put her journey of recovery in perspective.

“‘Into the Wind’ is not a handbook for anorexics, but a subtle mirror in which every human soul can see itself, learn how and why we are so flawed by how we handle our cravings, and come to admit and address our favorite weaknesses,” said Bard Young, book editor and publisher. “There is no judgment here; there is, rather, painful honesty and hope.”

Following her reading, Myers will sell and sign copies of her book. “Into the Wind” can be purchased for $12 per copy, and proceeds from its sale go into the “Manna Recovery Fund” for women and girls who are suffering from eating disorders.

For more information on the Oct. 1 book reading, contact the Maryville College Office of Public Relations at 865.981.8209.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.