Madness. “Hornbacher is a virtuoso writer.” — New York Times. In , at age twenty-four, Marya Hornbacher published the Pulitzer Prize–nominated. Marya Justine Hornbacher (born April 4, ) is an American author and freelance journalist. Her book Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, is an. 29 Apr Marya Hornbacher is a virtuoso writer: humorous, articulate and The first pages of “Madness” describe how illusory that recovery was.

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When she is manic, her writing reaches a fevered pitch of vivid descriptions of taste, sound, visceral feelings, fear, panic, giddiness, and delusions bordering on hornbaacher blown p Amazing memior by an amazingly strong woman. Should an unengaged clueless individual contribute to charity fraudulently? In other ways again, I’m sure unintentional on the author’s partI began to understand how eating disorders and p I’m ambivalent about this book. Preview — Wasted by Marya Hornbacher. Jun 30, Twxitbetwixt rated it it was ok.

View all 35 comments. She’s self-absorbed and self-destructive. Which, frankly, she needs to churn out because her medical expenses are astronomical and none of her three insurance companies are prepared to stump out.

Other schoolchildren mwrya her crazy. Because as she says, it’s HER life, the only one she knows, and the only one she really wants.

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And when she was on the upward toward a mania, I could totally relate to that. By her early 20s Marya Hornbacher had written and published a memoir about living with and beginning to recover from anorexia and bulimia.

Marya has this amazing way of sucking you into her story, and helping you feel what she felt at the time. It’s difficult, beautiful, painful, full of laughter, passing strange. In her late teens, her eating disorder landed her in the hospital, followed by another body obsession, cutting.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

Another review of this book: The story moves along at a perfect pace, with enough detail to give a horrifying sense of understanding, but not so much as to become preachy or dull. I remember reading that she was married then she mentioned being married to someone else without an explanation or I missed it somehow if it was there. Hornbacher seems at least a little cognizant of this: Hornbacher begins with some startling admissions: It taught me a lot about the ramifications mental illness can hornbacuer on our lives.

No on wants to hear the truth about themselves. There is no ‘cure.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

First it is numb. People who have suffered anorexic — or been a parent of a child –‘lived’ this life deeply may ‘not’ want to read this book.

It is magya thing you believe is keeping you safe, alive, contained – and in the end, of course, you find it’s doing quite the opposite. Should feeling empathy for the author of a memoir be a prerequisite for a 4- or 5-star rating?

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Like her first book, it’s definitely not a feel-good memoir, nor a I read Hornbacher’s first memoir, Wasteda decade ago and was impressed by the strength of her voice then. Apr 28, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: I’ve never been hospitalized for maarya illness, that’s one of my biggest fears actually.

If you’re curious about what goes on in a bipolar mind, read this. She weaves her personal life into the story in a slightly muddled way. I madmess they were more insightful and introspective like the beginning and end.

To think that there are people out there that have it so much tougher, is mind-boggling to me. I’ve a friend medical doctor –doing some wonderful research now — putting together programs which were much different than just 15 years ago.

It’s not always white and black.