Unbearable lightness

  • by Portia De Rossi
  • Narrated by Portia De Rossi
  • 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Portia de Rossi weighed only 82 pounds when she collapsed on the set of the Hollywood film in which she was playing her first leading role. This should have been the culmination of all her years of hard work - first as a child model in Australia, then as a cast member of one of the hottest shows on American television. On the outside she was thin and blond, glamorous and successful. On the inside, she was literally dying.
In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. Even as she rose to fame as a cast member of the hit television shows Ally McBeal and Arrested Development, Portia alternately starved herself and binged, all the while terrified that the truth of her sexuality would be exposed in the tabloids.
With the storytelling skills of a great novelist and the eye for detail of a poet, Portia makes transparent as never before the behaviours and emotions of someone living with an eating disorder.


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Such a wonderful story. You can't even begin to imagine what Portia went through! So brave to be able to relive it. It was a joy to listen to this audio book, however heartbreaking at times!
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- Triston Coombes

Unbearable insecurity!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think people who have suffered from any eating disorder will relate to this and hopefully gain some insight.

Would you ever listen to anything by Portia De Rossi again?

Probably not!

What three words best describe Portia De Rossi’s voice?

Insincere, annoying, irritating

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, it made me love my food all the more!

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- janie rose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2011
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd