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Something Spectacular: The True Story of One Rockette's Battle with Bulimia

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Greta Gleissner, a longtime professional dancer, dreamed her whole life of becoming a Rockette. Then she became one--and she fell into the grips of a powerful eating disorder that began poison her life from the inside out.
"Something Spectacular" is Gleissner's raw, personal chronicle of the devastating effects bulimia exacts upon her life during her time as a Rockette. As
ebook, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Seal Press (CA)
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A memoir that gives insight to having an eating disorder, the impact of homophobia, and an inside look at the professional dance world told in a non-linear, honest, and engaging manner.

Greta tells her memoir in the framework of a play. There are scenes, acts, overtures, etc… This lets her address the story in a non-linear way that still makes sense. It’s a creative storytelling technique that brings a freshness to her memoir.

Honesty without cruelty to herself or others is a key part of her narra
"I maintain an heir of innocence."
-page 224

I'm sorry. I had to. It's the best typo I've seen in a while.

I almost gave this three stars because I gave Life Inside the Thin Cage two stars, and this is without question better -- but then, Life Inside the Thin Cage only barely earned its second star, and it would be pushing it to give this three.

All of which says nothing about the book.

It's not that it's a particularly bad book. It's not much different than any other eating-disorder memoir I've read
Lili Ray
Very honest account of someone deeply struggling with a very harsh disorder. I applaud her for sharing her story as honestly as she did. It took me two weeks at most to finish the book since I was so engrossed in it.
Spook Harrison
Dec 18, 2014 Spook Harrison rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Spook by: New Book Shelf
I absolutely loved this one and am super-glad I have it on my kindle so I can read it again and again. Gleissner's description of her relationship with food is vivid, and even if you don't have a disordered relationship with food, perhaps just having problems with self-esteem, I think that you'll be able to relate to her struggles. I didn't want to put this memoir down so that I could sleep, that's how good it is.
Linda Dawson
I thought this book was spectacular -- for sure. Written by a local author in the Lenexa/Shawnee, KS, area, I was really taken with Ms. Gleissner's writing talent. I could not put it down -- wonderful from first page to last!
Jennifer Barr
Excellent insight to bulemia
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Greta Gleissner is a New York based psychotherapist and author specializing in eating disorders. Greta's other specialties include substance abuse and addictions, mood disorders, and parent-child relationship issues. In her practice, Greta uses an eclectic approach, utilizing a combination of CBT, DBT, Family Systems, and Psychodynamic interventions.

In recovery herself, her first book, Something S
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