Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

by Portia de Rossi
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lovelylady14 More than 1 year ago
I really applaud Portia for sharing her story with all of us around the world on Oprah and also on the Ellen show. I have not been a victim of any eating disorders but I truly feel that is for all women out there. I believe 95% of women always worry about their weight and media in today world has made us focus so much on our appearance. I will be purchasing this for my nieces that are now in middle school and High School and always talking about their weight, which includes myself as well. Thank you Portia for bringing awareness to such an important issue that many of us do not know other women are going through.
Samantha Rodgers More than 1 year ago
A well written story that completely engulfs you from page 1. I couldn't put it down.
nicwitted More than 1 year ago
I have never experienced an eating disorder, but this book was hard to put down. I really felt for her in ever aspect, and her portrayal of her downward spiral was so believable I felt like I was there with her. It's an AMAZING book, and I highly recommend this book to anyone, no matter what their background or life experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We all have a need to fit in. In the world of Hollywood, this often comes with a painful price. Rossi delivers a moving, yet insightful look at her journey with unflinching honesty. Buy it. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score." It is an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness and one that every woman deserves to read. Buy it and find out why for yourself.
lovetoreadDW More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written. Portia really bares her soul. I am going to rethink my attitude of "dieting". She makes so much sense with the idea that you should stop worrying and just eat what you want but in moderation and get your body moving outdoors where you can enjoy the world and feel good too
Balina More than 1 year ago
This is a book I recommend everyone. It was very good written. Enjoyable to read.
Mom2ThreeGirls More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Portia de Rossi since her days on Ally McBeal. I was fascinated by her story and could relate to her obsession with not eating. I think she and Ellen have a real love and that love has saved them both. I look forward to hearing of her future successes. Take a chance on this book, you will not be disappointed.
diekleinepaulina More than 1 year ago
Eating disorders are a very hard thing to talk about and de Rossi explains it quite vividly. I've read many things on the subject and found no one to be better than her. The peculiar path between the struggles she goes through and the happiness anyone can see now in her eyes is worthy of reading. I highly recommend it, especially to people that have gone through the pain of an eating disorder.
kychiefs More than 1 year ago
Thanks so much to Portia de Rossi for writing a book about how it really is in the spotlight. The story was beautifully written and heartbreaking in many spots. It made me want to find her, put my arms around here and just protect her from this crazy world. Thank goodness she made it through, I love her honesty!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how to rate this book since it wasn't a book I enjoyed, but I give her credit for exposing herself the way she did. I saw this on the B&N clearance rack after I saw Portia's interview on Oprah. I thought it would not only be a break from my regular genre, but would give an inside look on her life. It was disturbing. I can't even comprehend what she did to herself trying to "fit" into the entertainment field. Luckily, she saved herself before becoming another victim to anorexia. This was a dark and sad read.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Portia de Rossi is known for portraying hard, self-confident women in tv shows, but in reality she lived a life lacking of self confidence and fighting internal demons.  As I wasn't aware of Portia de Rossi until she was out and dating Ellen, most of this story was completely new to me and very interesting. Interesting to say the least that this now proud gay woman who is married to an outspoken lesbian, there were some moments where I was ready for her to meet Ellen and her life to start changing!  There were quite a few pages devoted to the body issues she was having and the means with which she was manipulating her exercise or eating habits to achieve what she thought would be the perfect body.  I am not sure this was touched on enough, but I think a big part of her issues started with the modeling at a young age and a mother who supported a 12 year old dieting.  I wish she had put more detail into the mother/daughter relationship and how that probably brought her to the issues she was trying to overcome.   Overall a great celebrity book, that I would recommend to readers who are interested in reading the details of how Portia de Rossi came onto the Hollywood scene and the things that she hide from the outside world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about her struggles an easy read loved it
Vivi45 More than 1 year ago
A poignant book of self-destruction and self-discovery.
canyongirl More than 1 year ago
This book is so beautifully written, so captivating, so interesting, and overall just wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have never personally had an eating disorder, but I still feel like I learned something by reading Portia's journey. It's a story of self discovery and growth, and I think anyone can relate to that. It was very positive and encouraging. Highly recommend.
JdoubleU More than 1 year ago
I give 5 stars to anyone willing to write about this subject with as much honesty as Portia did. She did an excellent job articulating what she went through in a way for anyone to understand. Girl's got balls!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and honest! It gives us all hope that an amazing life is waiting around the corner even in our darkest days.
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A breathtaking view from the inside of darkness. Thank you Portia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. I finished it in about 3 days.
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The author pulled me into her crazy and kept me reading.
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