Saturday, November 30, 2013

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and BulimiaWhy 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.

As someone who has struggled through anorexia nervosa, it is very difficult to read books like this. The irony is that I am drawn to them, needing to find some connection with what other people have gone through with eating disorders. This was a wonderful book.

I love the author’s voice. She makes sure to be as stark about eating disorders as possible, not allowing for any romanticizing of these diseases, which can sometimes happen with other authors. There is nothing pleasant or mysterious about bulimia and anorexia and she does a great job showing this. She writes with an honesty and with a lack of self-pity that is astounding.

I don’t cry with books very often, but this one brought out all the fears, all the old sensations that having an eating disorder can bring. It was a harrowing experience to read it, but it is a MUST for anyone struggling through these diseases.

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