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  - Mary Kathleen - Goodreads

There is a lot of hate for this book, and I get that. Many find it very triggering. I get that. Many find Hornbacher unsympathetic. I get that, too. I was thirteen when I read it for the first time ... Read full review

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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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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
36
Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
275
Section 16
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Section 17
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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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