Say something about yourself!
Beautiful, honest, powerful
Portia has a way of taking you right there; every moment. It's a story about being human. One of the best momoirs in recent memory.
I think I cried a few times, but mostly it just really hit home on so many levels.Everyone who's ever felt, less than...needs to read this book. It's a story of universal truths and helps connect us all.
My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!
Beautifully written and beautifully narrated. I felt like I was sitting across the table from Portia de Rossi as she told me about her life - honestly. She pays an enormous price to live as she feels others want her to live. To be what society says we "should" be. It is a peek into what we envision as "the perfect celebrity life" and the reality behind the smoke and mirrors. Life under the microscope - hmmm...
Months after listening to this poignant story, I still find myself thinking about it and am awed by the courage that Portia de Rossi displayed writing and sharing this truth about herself. I also wanted to throw away every single diet book I've ever bought!
This is among the best audiobooks I've heard. I think it's particularly powerful since it's read by the author. I really love the way that di Rossi delivered an incredibly moving story, but without sentimentality or cheesiness. This is a must-read/must-hear book for anyone interested in the development of a woman finding herself, and carving out a life on her own terms.
Low self esteem...If you can relate to either. You will enjoy this book.If you cant... you wont enjoy it....Well told...Honest...And all so very true...
WARNING:possible trigger for people in recovery as she goes into great detail....
Recommendation of this book would really depend on the reader. Though it's engaging and thorough, at it's heart it's an account of an eating disorder. That either appeals to you or it doesn't. Many, many people relate to or mirror the thoughts and behaviors presented in this book. You may already know the ways an eating disorder can twist someone's life and you don't want to relive it. You may not want to think of it at all. But if you're unfamiliar with the disorder and would like to hear a woman tell you, in her own voice, the sort of power it can have, then I'd recommend this book to you without hesitation.
I'm so very glad that Portia De Rossi nee Amanda Rogers has found therapy, part of which appears to be this book. As an ex-member of the same business, though, I found it so tiresome to hear about her petty concerns about being average, not having fashion sense, and the secret of sexual preference being discovered, Some of us actresses actually took classes and cared about our acting. Yes, the pressure to look good was there and often combined with an individual's pre-existing mental health conditions (OCD and borderline personality come to mind in Portia's case) to create aberrant behavior. I just had hoped for a more compelling story. Most unintentionally funny reveal? She didn't like her name Amanda because it had "a man" in it. Admirable American accent, though.
I listened to Portia de Rossi read her memoir and throughout I just kept thinking how brave she was to really let the full bat-sh-t craziness of her struggle with eating disorders come through the page. Because, girl was F-ED UP!
She also had some really interesting things to say about feminism and body image, particularly within the Hollywood industry, things you don't hear a whole lot coming out of Los Angeles. She was also incredibly honest about her struggles with her own sexuality, how it fed into a real isolation and self-hatred that was intertwined with her eating disorder, and just her own sense of self.
The one thing I will say about listening to this book rather than reading it, is you don't get to see any of the images. It's one thing to hear some one say they weighed 82 pounds, but it's a whole other ball of wax to see de Rossi in her former skeletal state.
I was also hoping, as a fan of "Arrested Development," that she'd provide a little behind-the-scenes stuff, and perhaps, in another memoir she will. She should continue to write, her honesty drew me in completely.
I don't care for nonfiction. I find it boring and generally inaccessible to most readers outside the specifically targeted market. This book is none of that. This is a hard book. It is raw and honest and gritty and truthful and REAL in a way I haven't seen before. I found myself unable to stop listening; I was completely enthralled in the perilous journey and even though I knew the general outcome, I still felt afraid of what would happen to the author. To hear the story directly from the author's, Portia de Rossi's, lips was even more powerful. She lived through it and her courage to share, without censorship, her trials and triumphs with others is extraordinary. As soon as I finished listening, I wanted to begin again, it is that good.