I read in amazement and disbelief that someone would share such personal thoughts. The book made me cringe and it challenged me to think about my own sick relationship with food, and my own damaging thoughts. Thank you for putting words to an all too common problem. This is not just for those who struggle with eating disorders, its for every woman influenced by a society that values thinness over substance. I eat up those first 50 pages and bought the entire book.
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Shelves: five-stars , nonfiction , lgbtq , own-physical , 2nd-favorites , read-for-college , biography-or-memoir Before I begin my review of this book, I want to share the story of the first and last time I forced myself to throw up.
While this doesnt relate exactly to Unbearable Lightness, it sheds light on why I empathize so much with Portia De Rossi and what she went through. Skip down a few paragraphs if you wish. In my first few years of adolescence, I always felt lost.
I was born gay in a society where the word faggot is tossed around like footballs are thrown on Sunday, born homosexual in a world Before I begin my review of this book, I want to share the story of the first and last time I forced myself to throw up. I was born gay in a society where the word faggot is tossed around like footballs are thrown on Sunday, born homosexual in a world where my own mother prefers me dead than happy with a man.
Couple that with the need to be above average. I was never dangerously underweight, but I loved to teeter at the edge. At the edge, I felt accomplished, not average. It was the worst, most disgusting word in the English language. Nothing meaningful or worthwhile ever came from that word. Like Portia, I found other ways to express my emotions and take control of my surroundings. Part of this was due to when I forced myself to throw up with two fingers down my throat. In the book, she details her draining yo-yo diet, her multiple episodes of binging and bulimia, and how she nearly lost it all after whittling herself down to a mere 82 pounds.
Her struggle to meet the expectations placed upon her by herself and her Hollywood circle was horrifying — thankfully, she also shares the story of her uplifting recovery, and her heartwarming romance with Ellen DeGeneres. A better editor could have eliminated the few typos and unattractive sentences I saw.
But none of that mattered, because her honesty and how she made her sickening struggle relatable won me over. I cringed, I sighed, and I nearly cried in the middle of a shoe store. She can actually write pretty well, as there are several powerful quotes I noted while reading.
Normal just meant that I was fat. A normal size for women in this country is a size Ellen was right when she said that it would help a lot of people.
Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain
Twenty years later, the novel has established itself as a modern classic. To commemorate the anniversary of its first English-language publication, HarperCollins is proud to offer a special hardcover edition. A young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing; one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover -- these are the two couples whose story is told in this masterful novel. Sabina, an independent, free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals -- of parents, husband, country, love itself -- whereas her lover, the intellectual Franz, loses all because of his earnest goodness and fidelity.
The Incredible Shrinking Portia
I survived season two—but barely. Since beginning the show, I had felt a constant indescribable pressure, a lurking threat of being fired, even though there was no evidence to suggest that I was displeasing the executive producer. While it was a good place to work and people were generally respectful, there was an eerie stillness and a certain kind of silence to the set that felt like a breezeless summer day, and while there were no insects, there were no birds chirping, either. During the last four weeks of the season, every night after wrap, I would get into my car, smile and wave good night to hair and makeup, and, like clockwork, I would burst into tears once I made the right turn from Manhattan Beach Studios onto Rosecrans Boulevard. And I would sob, not just cry. No one could hear my wailing, however.
A Memoir Unlocking the Truth Inside an Anorexic Mind By: Rachel Richards Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins Unabridged 4 out of 5 stars 38 Performance 4 out of 5 stars 37 Story 4 out of 5 stars 36 In this painfully moving memoir, take a firsthand look at anorexia through the eyes of a young girl. By leading us through her distorted thoughts, she shines a light on the experience and mystery of mental illness. As she grows up, unable to comprehend or communicate her inner trauma, Rachel lashes out, hurting herself, running away from home, and fighting her family. Restricting food gives her the control she craves. But after being hospitalized and force-fed, Rachel only retreats further into herself.