Learn eating disorder recovery tools and tips from Marya Hornbacher, bestselling author of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. Wasted. “A memoir that resonates with unflinching candor and ironic wit, Wasted is a book that can save lives. The courage that prompted it awes me.”. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia recalls Marya Hornbacher’s personal nine-year battle with anorexia and bulimia. In the story, Marya details childhood.

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With a sense of foreboding, I Googled the author’s name, fearing that she has since died. This is my favourite of the year.

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

Being someone who struggles with ED for over ten years, it almost serves as a how to guide. Any ED survivor will relate to all – especially the little details of hospilization.

Wastfd is a slow, strange meander from sick to mostly well. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She declines at first, saying she has to go meet some friends.

Who was your favorite character and why? You’ll be glad you did.

It is a protest against cultural stereotypes of women that in the end makes you seem the weakest, the most needy and neurotic of all women. Truthful, heartfealt, a courageous decision by the author. First of all, people with an ED figure out the “tips” by themselves sooner or later. It is already being called “the most visceral, important book on mental illness to be published in years. Instead of “I” it’s all “You” Refresh and try again. Preview — Wasted by Marya Hornbacher.


Why enter into a love affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Lora was telling the truth, and I moved out.

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia Summary & Study Guide

Is this a I gave this book five stars because it’s a fantastic book. This book is beautifully written. One person found this helpful. Rispetto al suo, posteriore, “Una vita bipolare”, questa sua testimonianza mostra tutta l’urgenza dello scrivere, del mettere per iscritto quanto avvenuto e quanto compreso rispetto alla propria malattia. Throughout her high school years, Marya suffers with bulimia.

This book brings me closer to an understanding. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. It’s an abomination on the English language. Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and all sense of what it means to be “normal,” Marya Hornbacher lovingly embraced her anorexia and bulimia — until a particularly horrifying bout with the disease in college put the romance of wasting away to rest forever.


A beautifully written book about some of the realities of mental health. I always feel cheated by these short stories.

Should feeling empathy for the author of a memoir be a prerequisite for a 4- or 5-star rating? She does, early on, thankfully make the distinction between someone who’s dieting to get just a few hotnbacher off and someone who suffers from a true eating disorder. Life seemed like too long a time to have to stick around, a huge span of years through which one would be required to tap-dance and smile and be Great! In the story, Marya details childhood and personality factors that may have had a role in the development of her disorder.

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. Instead we have a book full of her being totally dissociated from the entire ED.