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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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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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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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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