About the Author Marya Hornbacher is an award-winning journalist and bestselling writer. The courage that prompted it awes me. Yes, this one is not to be missed. A memoir that has the tension and movement of a well-paced novel. You simply cannot put Wasted down.
The book does not end with any epiphany, but with a much more realistic kind of fizzling out after her last dreadful collapse. By the time Ms.
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Hornbacher is writing the book, she is eating, weighs about double what she once did, and is married in what is clearly a loving relationship. Yet eating is still not something that can be taken for granted, and she worries about the dreadful toll her illness has taken on her. Along the road, she has tried to write about what made a difference, such as being found and loved by an year-old boy, who was even needier than she was, and eventually, reluctantly, caring for him in return.
The book is a remarkable narrative that would be of interest to anyone working in the field of mental illness, especially with eating disorders. New York, Vintage, Google Scholar. Forgot Username? Forgot password?
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She added anorexia to her repetoire a few years later and took great pride in her ability to starve. Marya's story gathers intensity with each passing year. By the time she is in college and working for a wire news service in Washington, D. Down to fifty-two pounds and counting, Marya becomes a battlefield: her powerful death instinct at war with the will to live.
Why would a talented young girl go through the looking glass and step into a netherworld where up is down, food is greed, and death is honor? Why enter into a love affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Marya sustained both anorexia and bulimia through five lengthy hospitalizations, endless therapy, the loss of family, friends, jobs, and, ultimately, any sense of what it means to be "normal. Wasted is the story of one woman's travels to the darker side of reality, and her decision to find her way back again--on her own terms.
Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia
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