Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

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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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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

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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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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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