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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May 04, Elyse Walters rated it liked it. I had goosebumps when she described everything she cannot do because of her illness. And yeah, it kind of was, but then it kind of wasn’t.

I must admit, I gave up on this book feeling it just wasn’t worth my time and energy. Does one alcoholic resemble another, for arguments sake?

A Life Houghton Mifflin is an intense, beautifully written book about the difficulties, and promise, of living with mental illness. When what you see shifts, departing from anyone else’s reality, it’s still reality to you. The recipient of a host of awards for journalism and a Pulitzer Prize nominee, Marya has lectured at universities around the country, taught writing and literature, and published in academic and literary journals since It is a visual temper tantrum.

Shocked and stirred time and again by her ingenuous chronicles of induced vomiting coupled with radically self-imposed starvation, I thought I’d reach the apex of stupefaction.

We then journey back to her childhood, where her mania takes on proportions hitherto imagined only by the likes of James Frey. In MadnessHornbacher relates that bipolar can spawn eating disorders, substance abuse, promiscuity, and self-mutilation, and that for too long these symptoms have masked, for many of the three million people in America with bipolar, their underlying illness.

I have tried but you can’t, you just can’t guard the dead. Hornbacher also has a beautiful grasp on the vernacular. I’ve had those days. Followers of Wasted…will clamor for this.

She declines at first, saying she has to go meet some friends.

I’d be so scared of her going through something similar to Hornbacher, or hell: This book gave me a true insight into the mind of someone who copes with Type I rapid-cycle bipolar disorder. How Hornbacher fights her way up from a madness that all but destroys her, and what it is like to live in a difficult and sometimes beautiful life and marriage — where bipolar always beckons — is at the center of this brave and heart-stopping memoir.


Amazing memior by an amazingly strong woman. It is a fascinating account of a lifelong struggle with bipolar illness and the effect it has not only on the person diagnosed but on her friends and family as well.

I hope to god this author, Hormbacher is doing well today. Real life is messy, and so is the book. This is the first book that has actually helped me understand her sisters behaviour.

She cannot do her P. Hornbacher’s stories terrify me. She did not pepper her stories with much self-reflection, and while frightening, it was refreshing to read this type of book from the perspective of someone who isn’t deluded into thinking that she now has all the answers, or that she will lead a stress-free wholly positive life now that she has her horbnacher in hand.

Marya Hornbacher

By laying down snapshot after snapshot Hornbacher creates overlays, patterns clearly found in symptoms that are absent between episodes.

Even in that ideal setting, among the books of those extremely smart and talented women, her memoir shines just a little brighter. Hornbacher, and now I must read her previous works and anything new she puts out as well, starting with her best seller “Wasted” about her struggle with anorexia. Life seemed like too long a time to have to stick around, a huge span of hornbwcher through which one would be required to tap-dance and smile and be Great!

Whatever jornbacher it is, whatever it brings – it is mine.

She is able to capture the pain and helplessness that people with bipolar disorder go through. However, the ending left me yearning for a little bit more.

Once there, the doctors seem intent on labeling her as depressed – a common diagnosis for girls madnese eating disorders.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

It’s difficult, beautiful, painful, full of laughter, passing strange. Eliot, and their miniature dachsunds Milton and Dante. I’ve had the odd bout of depression, with a handful of suicidal days. After a recent diagnosis that directly relates to the content of this book; I decided to pick it up again. A vivid, honest, and emotionally wrenching memoir, Wasted is the story of one hlrnbacher travels to reality’s darker side — and her decision to find her way back on her own terms.


Apr 28, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: I need a Valium to soothe my frazzled nerves from reading this book. I wanted to sympathize, I really did, but by the end, I just kinda wanted to give her and her entire family one giant bitch slap.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

This realization of why she thinks and behaves the way she does did not come at the outset of her disease. I could tell you all the symptoms and madndss some of the treatment, but this book really made me see and understand what it must be like to have this disorder. Hornbacher not only survived a nightmare, but she emerged with deep understanding and insight. Separating a behavior from a symptom is a challenge to everyone fighting stigma.

Published inWasted may have very well served as one of this country’s first exposures to eating disorders. And oh yeah, she’s manic depressive. You do not notice that this is, pure and simple, a bunch of crap, and you are still, as ever, fucking yourself up, not them.

After reading this book I feel as if I know her. This was a grim read, for sure, but one that I’m ultimately glad that I stuck out until the end. Instead, it hornbacger provides a grim view of one mother-fucker of a mental illness. And in rapid cycling, such mood swings occur more frequently than madnness.

She constantly took these huge breaths and hognbacher sounded like she was constantly gulping water.

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