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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,673 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marya Hornbacher Narrator: Marya Hornbacher Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Precociously intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and ambitious, Marya Hornbacher grew up in a comfortable middle-class American home. At the age of 5, she returned home from ballet class one day, put on an enormous sweater, curled up on her bed, and cried because she thought she was fat. By age 9, she was secretly bulimic, throwing up at home after school, while watching Brady Bunch reruns on television and munching Fritos. She added anorexia to her repertoire 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.C., she is in the grip of a bout of anorexia so horrifying that it will forever put to rest the romance of wasting away. Down to 52 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 slip 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 Hornbacher sustained both anorexia and bulimia through 5 lengthy hospitalizations, endless therapy, the loss of family, friends, jobs, and ultimately, any sense of what it means to be normal. In this vivid, emotionally wrenching memoir, she recreates the experience and illuminates the tangle of personal, family, and cultural causes underlying eating disorders. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tricia | 2/4/2014

    " Marya is truly gifted. Her writing is raw, emotional, enveloping. I heart her. Her experiences are so incredibly amazing, and she's made it through. "Madness" is also a must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by A.H. Haar | 2/3/2014

    " " My terms amount to cultural heresy. I had to say: I will eat what I want and look as I please and laugh as loud as I like and use the wrong fork and lick my knife. I had to learn strange and delicious lessons, lessons too few women learn: to love the thump of my steps, the implication of weight and presence and taking of space, to love my body's rebellious hungers, responses to touch, to understand myself as more than a brain attached to a bundle of bones. I have to ignore the cultural cacophony that singsongs all day long, Too much, too much, too much. As Abra Fortune Chernik writes, "Gaining weight and pulling my head out of the toilet was the most political act I ever committed." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by ♥ | 1/23/2014

    " Wasted, A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, is a memoir of the struggles of living with an eating disorder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marcy | 1/18/2014

    " I really liked reading this, even if it took me a few chapters to really get into it. "

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