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  - Kyla Carlson - Goodreads

Picked this up randomly at my sister's house and started reading. Didn't finish it, mostly because the research she sites to explain eating disorders is woefully outdated. I may come back to this ... Read full review

Review: Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

User Review  - Maeve551 - Goodreads

2.75 / 5 Interesting to get into the head of someone living with severe eating disorders. But it didn't hold my interest. This was a DNF for me. 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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