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How to Disappear Completely She devoured their memoirs and magazine articles committing the most salacious details of their cautionary tales to memory how little they ate their lowest weights and their merciless exercise regimes to learn what it would take to be the very best anorectic When she was hospitalized for anorexia at fifteen she found herself in an existential wormhole how can one suffer from something one has actively sought out Through her own decade long battle with anorexia which included three lengthy hospitalizations Osgood harrowingly describes the haunting and competitive world of inpatient facilities populated with other adolescents some as young as ten years oldWith attuned storytelling and unflinching introspection Kelsey Osgood unpacks the modern myths of anorexia examining the cult like underbelly of eating disorders in the young as she chronicles her own rehabilitation How to Disappear Completely is a brave candid and emotionally wrenching memoir that explores the physical internal and social ramifications of eating disorders and subverts many of the popularly held notions of the illness and most hopefully the path to recovery



10 thoughts on “How to Disappear Completely

  1. says:

    It's definitely time for me to give up on this genre Again I really started out wanting to like this book and I was interested in reading a candid analysis of the eating disorder treatment subculture In the end the author does what I find so frustrating in all the other memoirs generalizes her experiences as THE universal recovery experience I can appreciate that she is trying


  2. says:

    If you're just looking at the back cover copy or various other blurbs it's very hard to tell what this book is about so I'll try to summarize briefly This book is about the culture of anorexia—not just about the disease itself but about how the many books movies articles websites and TV shows about it affect and even harm women and girls in the name of education and awareness It'


  3. says:

    Myopic snooty and with such a lack of insight that it pained me to see this to the end I'm in concert with everyone else here who's critiued Osgood's universalizing and alienating read elitist rhetoric throughout I'd also add that the extreme binary thinking she displays applies also to the ridiculousness of her referring to certain nurses as Carribbean Asian and African American when


  4. says:

    The author seems very concerned with copycat behaviours people newly anorexic following in the footsteps of those who write about it within books or blogs This seems to have put a lot stress on what the author she feels she can write and I found what I read to be insufficient for someone hoping to learn about the issue plus uncomfortable and disjointed


  5. says:

    I'd had some great luck recently with reading Anorexia recovery accounts Going Hungry and Gaining were life changing I read the back and was really interested in How to Disappear Completely However upon reading it I found it difficult to get through not in that telling hard truths for personal growth way but in that holy crap this is triggering the daylights out of me kind of wayInitially it s


  6. says:

    The only thing good about this book was how it directed me to not read Wasted I immediately returned the shaming book and bought Hornbacher instead


  7. says:

    I don't know how I feel about this one? So let's go on this ride together as I figure it out I feel things for the author and her journey but at the same time I'm so annoyed by her for so many reasons I don't even know where to begin First of all this is part memoir partdissertation about how people develop eating disorders? I guess? Which is weird because she went to school to get an MFA not any sort


  8. says:

    The irony of this book is that Osgood tried so hard to show why her memoir was going to be less triggeringdamagingsalacious than the others but she ended up providing me with a fairly comprehensive list of books I would rather read I immediately bought Wasted and am reading it now finding it both of a deterrent to disordered behaviour than How to Disappear Completely and of a compelling readIt's frustra


  9. says:

    Author Kelsey Osgood actively pursued anorexia She describes how at the age of fourteen mesmerized by books about eating disorders she set out to become anorexic Mission accomplished Bravo I'm being snarky people In the process she discovered anorexia is not as glamorous as it once seemed Osgood spends a fair amount of time criticizing other eating disorder centered literature for its romanticization of the d


  10. says:

    Premise wise Osgood sets out to do something that is far too uncommon in this type of memoir she seeks to tell her story without numbers and in a way that will not be triggering that will not glamorise eating disorders I've read others that set out to do the same if less explicitly but they are unfortunately the exception rather than the rule I'll add since I've read a metric fucktonne of these that I'm pretty de


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