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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User Review  - Edvard - LibraryThing

This book continues to fascinate me long after I first read it. It is a curious mixture of bits and pieces. But what stands out to me is what a hugely anorexic book it is. It's focus is wholly on ... Read full review

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User Review  - LauraCLM - LibraryThing

I would strongly recommend that parents NOT give this book to their loved ones. Parents need to know that this book is considered a "bible" by many sufferers. Due to the nature of eating disorders ... Read full review

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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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