Friday, March 23, 2012

Book Review: Unbearable Lightness

I just finished reading Portia de Rossi's memoir - Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain.  I began the book exactly two days ago.  It sucked me in, and I couldn't put it down.

Where do I even start?

The book detailed her battle against an eating disorder that controlled her life for 20 years.  More than just a harrowing account of her life, and the way she almost lost it, was the way she put her struggle in to words - her battle against food, her battle against her sexuality, and her battle against, really, herself.  In many parts, it was hard to read - sad, thoughtful, inspiring.

It was so honest.  Raw.  From telling us that Portia de Rossi is a made up name, picked because it sounded glamourous and exotic.  To telling us how she more than doubled her total body weight after she stopped starving herself.  Telling us how she used to dread modeling fittings because she was a size eight in a six four sample size world.  Describing the horribly drastic measures that she took to be thin.

Overall, I really liked this memoir.  And the author.

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