MADNESS MARYA HORNBACHER PDF

Amazon In , Marya Hornbacher wrote Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, about an eating disorder so severe, she whittled herself down to 52 pounds and was given a week to live. The book stands out in its ability to dig inside the mind of someone with an eating disorder. Too much so, I hear. Some have called Wasted a "triggering" book for anorexics, who can find it all a little too vivid, like a good description of a glass of whiskey might make an alcoholic want to drink. Everything else -- starving herself, drinking, cutting, throwing up -- was just a means to control the roller coaster of her moods.

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Amazon In , Marya Hornbacher wrote Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, about an eating disorder so severe, she whittled herself down to 52 pounds and was given a week to live. The book stands out in its ability to dig inside the mind of someone with an eating disorder. Too much so, I hear. Some have called Wasted a "triggering" book for anorexics, who can find it all a little too vivid, like a good description of a glass of whiskey might make an alcoholic want to drink.

Everything else -- starving herself, drinking, cutting, throwing up -- was just a means to control the roller coaster of her moods. As with her eating disorders, Hornbacher ignored the diagnosis for as long as possible, descending into an ugly hole of self-destruction.

Despite its subject matter, Madness is an entertaining read. Hornbacher clearly shows just how confused -- or as she puts it, "fucking nuts" -- a bipolar sufferer can be.

In one scene, she leaves the house without clothes on, realizes it, goes in and puts on a dress. She is hospitalized several times a year. This is in between more impressive feats such as writing a novel, pursuing her masters degree, and lecturing at universities. Most of the book is descriptions of insane-sounding wackiness.

She describes crazy rages against her first husband, Julian, but only explains that they occur as a "flipping of a switch".

Likewise, she gives no real reason why she finally decides to get treatment for alcoholism. Someone is standing on a platform yelling, Hi!

Motherfucking Christ. No more alcoholism. Is it common for people to lose memory with bipolar disorder? Is it because she underwent electroshock treatment, which also erases memory? Instead of any insight into this, we get a string of unrelated descriptions of being in the hospital. She was apparently neglected as a child -- at least, she seems to be left alone all day at the age of four, where she sleeps until "they come home. I hear them open the door, and I fling on the lights and gallop through the house".

And while she implies that these things were all symptoms of being bipolar, they also point to a lack of parental involvement, which must offer some explanation into who Hornbacher is as an adult, if not the origins of her illnesses.

Between unreliability and unanswered questions, by the end of the book, we get the sense that Hornbacher is still very ill. The trouble is that the static never clears enough to let us in.

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Madness by Marya Hornbacher

Contact Welcome to the official website for Marya Hornbacher, award-winning journalist and bestselling author. Marya is the recipient of a host of awards for her books, journalism, essays, and poetry. Shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for her first book, Marya has spent a prolific twenty-odd years writing and teaching across genres. Marya published her first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia in , when she was twenty-three. What started as a crazy idea suggested by a writer friend became the classic book that has been published in sixteen languages, is taught in universities all over the world, and has, according to the thousands of letters Marya has received over the years, changed lives. Her second book, the acclaimed novel The Center of Winter, has been called "masterful," "gorgeous writing," "a stunning achievement of storytelling," and "compulsive reading.

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