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Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain Paperback – Bargain Price, July 5, 2011
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I loved the story about meeting Ellen in 2001 at a concert, when Ellen invited her over to her house along with other guests. Portia thought she was just being polite, but it turned out that Ellen had only invited the other people over so she would have the excuse of a party to invite Portia. So Ellen was stuck with having to entertain all those people that night!
I think coming out as a lesbian in Hollywood is still a risky move (how many others are there? not many) and Portia is an inspiration to other women who are coming to terms with their sexuality and trying to live their life honestly. Well done Portia, from a fellow Aussie :)
I also think it is a timely and true tale of how the influences of the media, Hollywood and the "thin-ideal" have come to dominate the way women feel about their bodies, that we are never "good enough" the way we are, and that we should always be comparing ourselves to others. In that way, I think that almost every woman will be able to relate to her story, eating disorder or not. But if you have ever had an eating disorder, you will recognize the triggers she writes about, and her story's darkness will be very familiar.
For those who are looking for help in these pages for their own eating disorder, what I will say is that this is NOT a book that really encourages recovery, I mean it is obviously an encouragement to live a healthy life, but you won't find helpful recovery advice or direction here - just so you know. As another review states, recovery is almost an afterthought in this book. So, be careful if yoou are sensitive to books that trigger. I am not discouraging buying the book, but I just think it makes a helpful review to know what you are and what you are not getting. As someone who has "intimate knowledge" of living with anorexia and bulimia, I will say that this is like looking in the mirror. Family memebers who don't understand the pain may also find it enlightening.
If you are looking for books to take you to the next step and point you toward recovery, or if you have a family member with anorexia or bulimia symptoms but is still very thin, I HIGHLY recommend to book "100 Questions and Answers about Anorexia Nervosa" by Dr. Sari Fine Shepphird.Read more ›
She asks Ellen to read the manuscript she'd written, the one the reader just will have just read, and Ellen does and says, "Baby, you were crazy," and the reader can only nod along. The book makes it clear that Portia's thinking was distorted for a good 14 years and the book is a diary of that. If you happen to own Ally McBeal, you have only to watch the second season when Portia appears and is whippet thin and imagine her hating herself for not being thinner. The episode that really sent her into a tailspin is the one where she seduces Cage while wearing a bra and panties, ribs clearly visible, and with a figure that would make most women weep with joy and become nudists. All Portia could see was an unattractive woman who had to keep fooling people into thinking she was thin, beautiful, and worthy.
What I enjoyed was Portia's efforts to bring you into her mind at this time.Read more ›
**That said, if you are someone who knows a person suffering from this disease, I caution that you don't recommend this book, at least not right now...think it through. As I can only speak from experience, I know that when I was just beginning the "love affair" with my disorder, books like this gave "great tips" that I would put in to practice to feed the beast. Someone who is in such the frame of mind that they can't seperate autobiographical facts from a "how to" book, should not be reading this. That would be the only reason I mark is 4 out of 5...it can be dangerous to the fragile, but definitely an asset to the open minded and the strong willed ones who wish to recover,and family/friends that wish to understand.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Boy, do I feel sane comparing my eating habits. At times repetitive, but how she handled her relationship with Ellen a bit at the end was lovely. I enjoyed the book.Published 1 month ago by Tina S.
I'd like to thank Portia De Rossi for sharing her story. This book was an engaging read and was very comforting for someone who struggled with similar issues.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book resonated with me in so many ways. I struggled with an eating disorder for over 28 years. I am so glad Portia found her happy ending. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DKMcLain_poetess
Honest, interesting, and overall a great read. I like that Portia isn't trying to place blame for her issues and also doesn't claim to be miraculously cured.Published 2 months ago by Jessica
This book just didn't seem to flow. It was more like reading a diary where the entries refer to a specific day, event, or even just personal thoughts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jean
I love the book so much. I struggle with multiple eating disorders and have for 7 years. This book is an inspiration to let those I love help me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amanda
An extremely thoughtful and well written piece, I was blown away by De Rossi's honesty and grace in telling her story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Caitlin Brooke