Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

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Harper Collins, Jan 15, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 298 pages
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Why would a talented young girl go through the looking glass and step into a netherworld where up is down and food is greed, where death is honor and flesh is weak? Why enter into a love affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Marya Hornbacher sustains both anorexia and bulimia through five lengthy hospitalizations, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and ultimately, any sense of what it means to be "normal." By the time she is in college, Hornbacher is in the grip of a bout with anorexia so horrifying that it will forever put to rest the romance of wasting away. In this vivid, emotionally wrenching memoir, she re-created the experience and illuminated that tangle of personal, family, and cultural causes underlying eating disorders. Wasted is the story of one woman's travels to the darker side of reality, and her decision to find her way back--on her own terms.
  

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Review: Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

I have never read another book that has made me cringe as much as this one did. Reading about Marya's lifelong challenges with both bulimia and anorexia made me clutch at my own ribcage from time to ... Read full review

Review: Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

User Review  - Leah - Goodreads

Geez, Marya. Don't hold back or anything. (She did not.) What a ballsy, courageous book. And, as she touches on, needed. Eating disorders are so often glamorized: they make you thin! Disciplined and ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
17
Section 4
36
Section 5
88
Section 6
130
Section 7
143
Section 8
145
Section 10
179
Section 11
181
Section 12
214
Section 13
242
Section 14
244
Section 15
275
Section 16
288
Section 17
291

Section 9
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About the author (1999)

Marya Hornbacher is the author of two best-selling nonfiction titles, "Madness: A Bipolar Life" and "Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia"; the recovery handbook "Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, and the 12 Steps"; and the critically acclaimed novel "The Center of Winter". She is currently working on a new novel and is active in the Twin Cities recovery community.

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