Staff Pick: Unbearable Lightness

January 20, 2011 // Filed under Uncategorized

Library staff member Linda Sexton has written the following review of actress Portia De Rossi’s new book, which is available at Bernardsville Public Library.
“I just finished the memoir Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi. I wasn’t sure what to expect since she is a celebrity, but the book was written with honesty and courage. The book is about her long battle with anorexia and subsequent binging and purging.  Portia De Rossi also discusses the underlying fear she had that her homosexuality would be exposed to the public.  It is nearly impossible to understand what it is like for someone to struggle with an eating disorder, but she lets us inside her mind and we can see what an unbearable burden it is. Her ultimate goal is to give hope to those who need it and to show that recovery is not easy, but possible. Once again I remember not to judge those whose lives look perfect on the outside.”

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