Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 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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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  - Rachel Brown - Goodreads

Beautifully written and extremely intense, and well worth reading even if you have no interest whatsoever in the subject matter. I didn't when I picked it up, but my attention was caught by the ... Read full review

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1     Childhood
2     Bulimia
3     The Actors Part
4     Methodist Hospital Take 1
5     Persephone Herself Is but a Voice
8     Dying Is an Art Like Everything Else
Present Day
About the Author

6     Lockup
7     Waiting for Godot
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About the author (2009)

Marya Hornbacher is an award-winning journalist and bestselling writer. Her books include the memoirs Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, which has been published in twelve languages, and the New York Times bestseller Madness: A Bipolar Life; the recovery books Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, and the Twelve Steps, and Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power; and the novel The Center of Winter. She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago.

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