Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

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Turtleback Books, Jan 31, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 298 pages
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Why would a talented young woman enter into a torrid affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and all sense of what it means to be "normal," Marya Hornbacher lovingly embraced her anorexia and bulimia -- until a particularly horrifying bout with the disease in college put the romance of wasting away to rest forever. A vivid, honest, and emotionally wrenching memoir, "Wasted" is the story of one woman's travels to reality's darker side -- and her decision to find her way back on her own terms.

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And not every book has to have a happy ending. - Goodreads
The prose is fantastic. - Goodreads
Beautifully written, honest and rich with insight. - Goodreads
The author is clearly a talented writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Elyse - Goodreads

I read this book when it was first released ---(its 'very' disturbing). I wouldn't know how many stars to give it actually. I never like to 'rate' memoirs in the first place. I can't give it 5 stars ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jillian - Goodreads

This is one of those books that's very difficult to talk about "liking." Instead, I'm going to include quotes that struck me as powerfully honest, that I may reference at some point. "I hated drawing ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Marya Hornbacher is a journalist as well as a writer of fiction and memoir. Her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, has become a classic. The Center of Winter is her first novel. She lives in Minneapolis.

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