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Wasted : A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

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Original publication and copyright date: 1998.

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I finished this book and I was blown away. What an amazing story. Being someone who is a recovered anorexic and bulimic, I found this story moving and inspiring. It was something I could relate to and should be read by any parent who has a child struggling with an eating disorder.

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Original publication and copyright date: 1998.

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.

Specifications

Publisher
Harper Perennial, HarperCollins Publishers
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
298
Author
Marya Hornbacher
ISBN-13
9780060858797
Publication Date
January, 2006
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.96 x 5.34 x 0.80 Inches
ISBN-10
0060858796

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Wow... stunning
I finished this book and I was blown away. What an amazing story. Being someone who is a recovered anorexic and bulimic, I found this story moving and inspiring. It was something I could relate to and should be read by any parent who has a child struggling with an eating disorder.
Most helpful negative review
I would strongly recom...
I would strongly recommend that parents NOT give this book to their loved ones. Parents need to know that this book is considered a "bible" by many sufferers. Due to the nature of eating disorders, reading about the experiences of others can be harmful. Narratives like this one, that lack the context of modern evidence about eating disorders, tell us a lot about her experience from inside the illness but not necessarily about the illness or treatment. Parents should also be warned that this book takes a stance about the cause of eating disorders as well as the role of parents that is not supported by the current professional training and literature about eating disorders. Hornbacher's 2nd memoir should also be considered: it re-frames the experiences in Wasted as relating to her later diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Most helpful positive review
1 customers found this helpful
Wow... stunning
I finished this book and I was blown away. What an amazing story. Being someone who is a recovered anorexic and bulimic, I found this story moving and inspiring. It was something I could relate to and should be read by any parent who has a child struggling with an eating disorder.
Most helpful negative review
I would strongly recom...
I would strongly recommend that parents NOT give this book to their loved ones. Parents need to know that this book is considered a "bible" by many sufferers. Due to the nature of eating disorders, reading about the experiences of others can be harmful. Narratives like this one, that lack the context of modern evidence about eating disorders, tell us a lot about her experience from inside the illness but not necessarily about the illness or treatment. Parents should also be warned that this book takes a stance about the cause of eating disorders as well as the role of parents that is not supported by the current professional training and literature about eating disorders. Hornbacher's 2nd memoir should also be considered: it re-frames the experiences in Wasted as relating to her later diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.
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Wow... stunning

I finished this book and I was blown away. What an amazing story. Being someone who is a recovered anorexic and bulimic, I found this story moving and inspiring. It was something I could relate to and should be read by any parent who has a child struggling with an eating disorder.

Like most have said, t...

Like most have said, this book is *EXTREMELY* triggering. It is not a novel I would recommend for anyone who beginning the recovery process from an eating disorder nor do I recommend it for someone who feels they could be coached to relapse easily. This book is 100% BRUTAL honesty about her life and the struggles with her own disordered eating. It will take you into her mind and really show you the day-to-day life of an anorexic. It's a poignant tale. Not for the weak-minded or the newly recovering. But it's her tale and its the truth and way of life of so many people.

A very awesome product

I have yet to finish this book but so far it is pretty amazing. The price was very affordable, especially compared to other book stores that are extremely overpriced. I think I'll start buying all my books on WalMart.com. Thanks!

Marya Hornbacher was s...

Marya Hornbacher was severely anorexic and bulimic from the age of nine into her college years. In this memoir she attempts to explain the experience of having an eating disorder. The picture is grim. Hornbacher cannot locate a single cause for her eating disorder. Certainly there are plenty of the regularly-accepted influences: a family that's weird about food, a society in which women are rewarded for being quiet and skinny, and so on. While living at boarding school Hornbacher was surrounded by girls with eating disorders, hers, too, was already formed. By the time she was in college Hornbacher was nearly dead. The portrait of eating disorders that emerges from this memoir is complex and frightening. There are no simple causes and no simple answers. It is scary how easy it is for Hornbacher, as a desperately ill girl, to fall under the radar of anyone's ability to help, even parents and doctors. Hornbacher's analysis of her disease is thoughtful. She makes interesting points, and argues that anorexia in not, necessarily, an effort to remain a child. Light reading this is not, but essential for those who would like to understand more about eating disorders.

A powerful look at bul...

A powerful look at bulimia and anorexia as lived by the author. Using alternatively creative, poetic language and harsh facts, Hornbacher sets out - and succeeds - to demystify the romantic aesthetics of thinness, to communicate just how much she hated herself and her body to go through such lengths to destroy herself and the constant price that she now has to pay for a normal healthy life. A shocking story of a young women who from ages nine to eighteen suffered in solitude from a little understood disease. A must read for all women and especially mothers.

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