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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia Madness: A Bipolar Life – Kindle edition by Marya Hornbacher. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The problem here may be that Hornbacher doesn’t remember much of her own life, which would make writing a memoir difficult. Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia and anorexia in Wasted, now shares the story of her lifelong battle with mental illness.

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When I stop reading, I look around at my life and it looks like it’s painted in pastels.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

In comparison, Madness was terribly disappointing. In this way, it takes over your mind. It grew into me.

Even though this book is grim and disturbing at times, it does not sugarcoat the hornbachwr. Much more personal then reading a textbook or watching tv It makes you do strange things because you just DO. She disgusts me, her mess and her madness, her garish excess, her disorderly excuse for a life.

The book picks up where Wasted leaves off, covering the last 10 years of Hornbacher’s life, when she discovers that her real problem all along has been bipolar disorder. I throw up, body heaving, until I’m spitting blood.


What would you do? No racing thoughts, no need to move, move, move, no reason to hide in the dark. For those of you who want a happy ending: And in rapid cycling, such mood swings occur more frequently than normally.

Mar 03, Debra Lynch rated it it was amazing. This is the first book I have read by Ms.

Marya Hornbacher: diary of despair – Telegraph

But it was momentary. She snorts cocaine off a volume of Dante in the library. Aug 29, Anne rated it liked it.

I don’t remember finishing my novel, and I mavness remember going on tour. Hornbacer of the most touching memoirs I have ever read. And she really captures what it is like to be manic, AND how debilitating the inevitable depression is. Then I pass out. It runs down my arm, wrapping around my wrists and dripping off my fingers on to the dirty white tile floor. He has his reasons: I have been cutting for months. They suggest, at the very least, that there are indicators that the disease that may manifest at quite an early age.

Mental illness is scary. But, what this book does do is hornbachwr a window into an often misunderstood disease and ignite a dialogue that will hopefully lead to answers and more efficient diagnoses.

To get her life back in order is difficult, but she’s determined From the time she was a little girl, Marya always felt different from the other children around her and from madnes parents as well. Books Madness by Marya Hornbacher. Jun 13, tee rated it liked it Shelves: An eye-opening account on mental illness, “Madness” humanizes those suffering from bipolar disorder and other psychological disturbances with Hornbacher’s honesty, sympathy and self-effacing prose.


Madness by Marya Hornbacher – PopMatters

In and out of psychiatric hospitals numerous times, she was 24 before she was accurately diagnosed as Bipolar. Hornbacher, 34, is the author of 3 books. However, I was hit over the head yet again by her impressive, candid and unflinching examination of her mental illne I’m fairly familiar with Marya Hornbacher – only a week before picking up this book, I read her first memoir entitled “Wasted”, an autobiographical account of her year struggle with anorexia and bulimia.

She also cycled into another body obsession, cutting. Mavness the years in the hospital, I began to learn how to live the kind of life I want.

But it took a while. I’m guilty of every precipitating factor you can think of: You won’t be sorry. I hate them, and I hate myself, and I swear I won’t do it again.