#14 Portia de Rossi's "Unbearable Lightness"


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Another one today!  Lucky you!

Then next book in my lineup was Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi.  This book was very good.  Unlike the last book where I complained about the title character's insecurity, I felt much different about the EXTREME insecurity of Portia de Rossi throughout this book.

For those of you who don't know, Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development, Ally McBeal, Better Off Ted) suffered severe anorexia.  The book chronicles her history with bulimia and anorexia throughout her life, beginning with her adolescent years.  I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this book before starting it, given the topic and the fact that I am not big into learning about the lives of celebrities, but I really enjoyed this book.  Well, as much as you can enjoy a book where a person starves themselves to the point of practically dying.  Let me say, it was not a GOOD book... it was very interesting.

Portia de Rossi does a great job at showing what it feels like to have the insecurities that come with bulimia and anorexia.  The book is almost written as a novel at times because she does an amazing job at bringing you in to the lives of the "characters" throughout her life.  I am willing to say that if de Rossi wrote a fictional novel, I might just pick it up and read it.  She is surprisingly a fantastic writer.

I can't delve too much in to this book as it is our latest book club book and I don't want to make all of my great points before our meeting, but I will say that I really do have a lot of thoughts and feelings on the book.  Get in touch with me if you want to know more about my thoughts (and you aren't a member of the NIBC).  Definitely get in touch with me if you've read it, because I'd like to know your thoughts as well.

This book is definitely RECOMMENDED!

First line teaser:  "He doesn't wait until I'm awake."

Next Up:  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

4 Responses to “#14 Portia de Rossi's "Unbearable Lightness"”

  1. Another one to add to the list, jeez! I'm also excited to hear what you have to say about Hunger Games.

  2. I will do that! I'm sure it will be a new blog post! :)

  3. Ok, I didn't know where to post this so I just decided on your most recent post. I feel like you might want to read Room by Emma Donoghue. I read it this weekend and couldn't put it down. It's kind of sad but super interesting. It's told from the point of view of a five-year-old boy who lives with his mom in an 11x11 room. His mom was abducted when she was a teenager and he was born in the room. It's just so interesting because he's telling this horrific story but it's not horrible for him because it's normal. That sounds weird, but I hope you know what I mean.

  4. I just saw this now! I've seen this book around before and totally want to read it. I actually just had one of my book club members suggest it for our next month's book. Perhaps we will read it for our February book!

    Thanks for the suggestion!

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