Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

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Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia is an autobiography written by Marya Hornbacher, detailing her fourteen-year battle with eating disorders.[1] Published by Random House in 1998, Wasted was a critical and commercial success. The author's young age (she wrote the book at the age of 21) surprised many readers, and the memoir was praised for its maturity and candor.

Wasted has since gone on to sell over a million copies in the United States alone, as well as being translated into fourteen different languages.

Critical reception[edit]

In a review for The New York Times, Caroline Knapp calls the book "a gritty, unflinching look at eating disorders," adding, "Hornbacher is at her best when she zeroes in on the specifics of eating disorders and their origins...Such phenomena aren't new to the literature on eating disorders, but Hornbacher describes them with a stark candor that captures both their pain and underlying purposes."[2]


  1. ^ Claudia Mitchell; Jacqueline Reid-Walsh (30 December 2007). Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia [2 Volumes]: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 243–. ISBN 978-0-313-08444-7. 
  2. ^ Knapp, Caroline (January 4, 1998). "Body Language". New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 

See also[edit]

anorexia nervosa