A 'retired career anorexic' examines herself and her, and our, culture in a masterpiece of confessional literature. At the age of four Marya Hornbacher looked in a mirror and decided she was fat. At nine, she was bulimic. At twelve, she was anorexic. By the time she was eighteen, she'd been hospitalized five times, once in the loony bin. Her doctors and her parents had given up on her; they were watching her die. But Marya decided to live. Four years on, now 22, here is her harrowing tale, powerfully told in a virtuoso mix ...
A 'retired career anorexic' examines herself and her, and our, culture in a masterpiece of confessional literature. At the age of four Marya Hornbacher looked in a mirror and decided she was fat. At nine, she was bulimic. At twelve, she was anorexic. By the time she was eighteen, she'd been hospitalized five times, once in the loony bin. Her doctors and her parents had given up on her; they were watching her die. But Marya decided to live. Four years on, now 22, here is her harrowing tale, powerfully told in a virtuoso mix of memoir, cultural criticism and psychological examination. Here is the amazingly articulate fury of a clever woman made stupid by her culture, who threw away her teenage years in a continuous cycle of bingeing and vomiting or just plain starvation. The first book to explore, from the inside, the intimate relationship between eating disorders and 1990s culture's historically unprecedented obsession with body, diet and gender; not a testimony to a miracle cure, but the story of one woman's travels to the darker side of reality, and her decision to find her way back, on her own terms. 'Hornbacher is articulate, clever, and has all the persuasive zeal of a convert, furious at the pressures that made her what she was. Paradoxically, her painful journey is also gripping and...dare one say it...entertaining in a way that no fiction could ever be. A compulsive read.' Publishing News; 'A gritty unflinching look at eating disorders written from the raw disintegrated centre of young pain with stark candour and power.' New York Times * The slimming industry is worth GBP1billion in GB alone * The UK has 3.5 million anorexics and bulimics
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This book deals with a subject all teens should be aware of.
Sep 9, 2007
Time Not Wasted....
I'm adding Marya Hornbacher's superb memoir, Wasted to my list of all - time favorite books. Her incredible energetic way of opening up the twisted, tormented,and ( eating -) disordered - yet - oh - so -orderly world of bulimics and anorexics, took my breath away.A real tumble down the hole, a la Alice in Wonderland. I couldn't put this one down - nor did I want to! Now I've been asking myself if there's a sequel because I'd like to know what's become of Marya. Wasted would be of great help to those struggling to understand anorexia, bulimia, or other " food Issues" in their families or themselves.
Apr 7, 2007
There might not be a clearer picture of self loathing and debasement than the one painted in this story. For those readers not struggling with eating disorders, this could give one a vivid picture of just what might be going on behind the doors in the home of your just-a-bit-too-skinny friend. For those of you that are personally dealing with or have personally dealt with eating disorders, this story will make you either say, "Wow, at least I was never that bad," or, " At least I am not the only one." As far as help, I don't see it giving much in the way of how to fix the problem. But it does give a human touch and reaches out to those who all-too-often feel completely alone.
Apr 2, 2007
scary but true
although i have never had anorexia or bulimia, i have always struggled with weight and body issues. this book is a must read for anyone like me. if nothing else, it will convince you to never, ever follow her path,
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