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

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Wasted By Marya Hornbacher is the memoir of this womans struggle with anorexia and bulimia. Marya used wit, intelligence and sharp words which will hit you hard and make you think twice before you skip your breakfast again. The plot is based on different events of Maryas Life which relate to her eating disorder, includes flash backs and effective imagery.
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Hornbachers sharp tongue and clever insight on anorexia/bulimia makes the book informative yet still you do not want to put down the book for hours on end. Each page has some information included on studies from eating disorders and quotations from other related books
The review of this Book prepared by Lisa Boyle

This is a factual account of a 32-year-old's experience of anorexia and bulimia over a fourteen year period. The book starts with her childhood in California and moves through to a period where she only weighed 52 pounds.

The book is not just about her experiences with food. It is also about her struggle with society in an era when to be thin was everything; when every woman wanted to be rich and thin. It is about one woman's desperate desire to counter the cultural voice that tells her she is "too much, too much, too much" It is a memoir of a nerotic young woman's attempt to kill herself by refusing food. This book sheds light on the psychology of all women who fear gaining weight.

She leads us through her short life - the five hospitalizations, the spell in a mental asylum, the botched education.
The review of this Book prepared by Rachael Howe

Chapter Analysis of Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

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Plot & Themes

Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   fatness Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally Ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   concerned Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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