Unbearable Lightness

Unbearable Lightness

A Story of Loss and Gain

Book - 2010
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Known for her roles on the hit TV shows "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development," de Rossi delivers a revelatory and searing account of the years she spent secretly suffering from bulimia, all the while living under the glare of Hollywood's bright lights.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2010
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439177785
1439177783
Branch Call Number: 791.45092 DER NVD
Characteristics: 308 p. : ports. ; 24 cm

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athompson10 May 24, 2015

Harrowing story of the bleakness, pain and obsessiveness that is a full-blown eating disorder. I found some of her conclusions at the end, while they work for her, to be a little neatly packaged and trite.

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Hlsi
Mar 31, 2015

It was a well written book. Gave me lots of insight as to the life she had to lead. It was moving because it was so raw with her emotions. Made me cry and think about my little girls.

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vinylgroover
Jan 25, 2015

a bit of a slow start, but really raw and honest. certainly did not make me want to get better, but a good read nonetheless. can be quite triggering.

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ashleysears
Oct 02, 2013

Great book, didn't know any of thing from her life so it was interesting to read a story of a girl - teen - woman trying to find herself in the world and being contained in her own personal hell. I really liked this book, couldn't put it down. She is a very good writer, kept me interested and rooting for her. Didn't care about the part at the end where she went into not eating animals anymore and felt more connected to the world - that part seemed kind of hokey to me.

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KKPGIRL
Oct 25, 2012

I liked that this story is a personal experience of a woman who struggled with an eating disorder because it lets you get inside the mind of someone with anorexia/ bulimia, so you can understand exactly why they do what they do. However, I didn't really know who Portia De Rossi was before I read this, and I didn't know any of the actors or tv shows she mentioned, so I did get a little bored reading this. My favorite part was actually the very ending where she talks about her life now and is basically just reflecting on her past, and she says a lot of really inspiring things. Overall, I think this is a good personal story about eating disorders, but I much prefer Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

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Ashling59
Jun 26, 2012

Kudos to this brave woman for sharing her very personal life story.
In the last few pages she spoke directly to me as she wrote: "And dieting, I discovered, was another form of disordered eating, just as anorexia and bulimia similarly disrupt the natural order of eating. Ordered eating is about eating for enjoyment, for health, and to sustain life. Thinking about food to the point of obsession and ignoring your body's signals is a disorder.

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ohdoor
Jun 09, 2012

boring read as far as eating-disorder related novels go.

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candiceh27
May 11, 2012

I really, really enjoyed this book. I'm sure any woman can relate at some point. A very honest look at selt-worth and how mean we can be to ourselves. I only wish she provided more info on her recovery.

bonjovi2010 Nov 14, 2011

Great book.Couldn't put it down.

maddy_taylor Aug 26, 2011

"Unbearable Lightness" was an amazing read. I loved portia's writting style and how it flowed. I couldn't put it down.

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Mar 15, 2012

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