Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling memoir from Portia de Rossi explores the truth of her long battle to overcome anorexia and bulimia—“an unusually fresh and engrossing memoir of both Hollywood and modern womanhood” ( Los Angeles Times, 5 stars).In this groundbreaking memoir, Portia... show more
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling memoir from Portia de Rossi explores the truth of her long battle to overcome anorexia and bulimia—“an unusually fresh and engrossing memoir of both Hollywood and modern womanhood” ( Los Angeles Times, 5 stars).In this groundbreaking memoir, Portia de Rossi reveals the pain and illness that haunted her for decades, from the time she was a twelve-year-old girl working as a model in Australia, through her early rise to fame as a cast member of the hit television show Ally McBeal . All the while terrified that the truth of her sexuality would be exposed in the tabloids, Portia alternately starved herself and binged, putting her life in danger and concealing from herself and everyone around her the seriousness of her illness. She describes the elaborate rituals around food that came to dominate hours of every day and explores the pivotal moments of her childhood that set her on the road to illness. She reveals the heartache and fear that accompany a life lived in the closet, a sense of isolation that was only magnified by her unrelenting desire to be ever thinner, ever more in control of her body and the number of calories she consumed and spent.From her lowest point, Portia began the painful climb back to a life of health and honesty, falling in love and marrying Ellen DeGeneres and emerging as an outspoken and articulate advocate for gay rights and women’s health issues. In this remarkable and landmark book, she has given the world a story that inspires hope and nourishes the spirit.
Publish date: July 5th 2011
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Overall, this is a very interesting read. I admire De Rossi for being so honest about her struggle with an eating disorder. My only complaint is that only the tiniest fraction of the book focuses on her recovery. I wish she spent more time talking about that. But this is a memoir, a very personal st...
This was a tough read - de Rossi is brutally honest about her life and her struggles with different eating disorders and her own self-acceptance.I appreciate her honesty and hope that it helps connect with those out there who need to hear it. I hope it inspires others in some way, but for me, it was...
Opening Line: “He doesn’t wait until I’m awake. He comes into my unconscious to find me, to pull me out.” I knew almost nothing about Portia De Rossi before reading her gripping biography. Sure I’d seen her years ago on Ally McBeal. I knew she was beautiful, I knew she was married to Ellen ...
Absolutely amazing. This book is so eloquently written, and does such a beautiful job of laying out all the things throughout her life that led her to 82 pounds. The discussions of disordered eating are so well written, the absolute mindset that allows you to rationalize dropping from 600 to 300 cal...
Saw Portia de Rossi's interview on Ellen. Definitely reading this.