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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I struggled to get through this book--If I had a month (or three) to read it at my leisure I think I would've enjoyed it more. I liked Marya's writing, but it was a little too dry for me at some points. I might re-read it and update my rating over my winter break. Read full review

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Read a lot of memoirs on eating disorders but this was the best. Very well written and a compelling read 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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