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Wasted by Marya Hornbacher
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Mar 06, 12

Read in January, 1999

I read this well over ten years ago but I still remember it like yesterday, especially the mixed feelings I had as sympathy battled with revulsion. As with another book I read related to eating disorders (Steven Levenkron's The Best Little Girl In The World) I felt _Wasted_ to be a bit sensationalistic.

But the more I read and the more I learned about Marya Hornbacher, the more I realized no matter how much it might seem like she was writing it for publication rather than healing or to help others, she truly was suffering, had suffered and might always be a little haunted by her battles with bulimia.

Unlike Levenkron's misstep of a novel (which still remains a bad memory in my mind), _Wasted_ has the potential to change lives for the better and not just end up as some manual for pro-anorexia website.

Just my two cents...
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Marya Hornbacher
“We turn skeletons into goddesses and look to them as if they might teach us how not to need.”
Marya Hornbacher, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia


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