Wasted A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia Author:Marya Hornbacher 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 di... more »sease 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.« less
A fantastic and incredibly honest memoir of what a severe, serious eating disorder can really do to your body and mind. Hornbacher's honesty is impressive, and she gives excellent insight into the what anorexia and bulimia really are-- great for family members and professionals to read. Caution-- this book may be quite triggering if you yourself are recovering from an ED.
This is a first account telling of author Marya Hornbacher's life as she experienced both anorexia, bulimia and substance abuse. Her writing is very descriptive and kept me interested-I did not want to put the book down. I think it might be dangerous for a recovering ana-mia person to read as it can be a trigger but for those who would like to know the insides of the mind of one who has gone through this, it is an excellent choice.
I don't like to use the word "harrowing" lightly, but I think it's appropriate for this memoir of anorexia and bulimia. It's definitely not a pleasant story, but Hornbacher sheds light on the darker aspects of an already misunderstood disorder. Her writing is beautiful, and the bravery she exhibits in telling her story is impressive. I highly recommend it to anyone, eating disordered or not.