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GIVEAWAY: Unbearable Lightness

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. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. When this wasn’t enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point.

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. She reveals the heartache and fear that accompany a life lived in the closet, a sense of isolation that was only magnified by her unrelenting desire to be ever thinner. With the storytelling skills of a great novelist and the eye for detail of a poet, Portia makes transparent as never before the behaviors and emotions of someone living with an eating disorder.

From her lowest point, Portia began the painful climb back to a life of health and honesty, falling in love with and eventually marrying Ellen DeGeneres, and emerging as an outspoken and articulate advocate for gay rights and women’s health issues.

In this remarkable and beautifully written work, Portia shines a bright light on a dark subject. A crucial book for all those who might sometimes feel at war with themselves or their bodies, Unbearable Lightness is a story that inspires hope and nourishes the spirit.  [via GoodReads]


GIVEAWAY:  I have 1 copy up for grabs! 

As always, leave a comment for one entry. If you'd like extra entries just say so in your comment or separate comments (extra entries for followers, Twitter, sidebars, Facebook, my spiffy All About {n} button, etc.) Make sure to leave an e-mail address, especially if you are leaving a comment under Anonymous.

Rules: This contest is open internationally! Winners will be drawn Saturday, December 18.

141 comments:

Rebecca Rasmussen said...

I have been really tempted to pick up this book. I'll try to win it, but after that, the wallet is coming out. Great review :) I think most people have been at war with their bodies, at least a little bit...

Ms Ulat Buku said...

I've heard so much about this book. Saw Ellen DeGeneres on a show recently talking about her partner's book. Count me in for this one too and if I don't win it, I'm off to the bookstore to get myself a copy. :P

.Ambur. said...

Oh wow...I remember hearing that Portia had a book that was coming out a while ago, I hadn't actually heard the title until now though. It sounds heartwrenching, and I am definitely going to be reading it in the near future, whether I win it or not :)

Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing this book with me :)

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Natasha said...

I really want this book. I work at a book store and see it everyday! I would love to get a copy!


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JWZ1978 said...

This book intrigues me for a number of reasons...it's on my library list, but I'd love to win a copy!

Vidisha said...

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Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

Please enter me! I've seen this book around, and it sounds really interesting.

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Megan said...

I REALLY want to read this book.

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Zoë said...

I'd love a chance to read this, I am a follower also :)

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Please count me in for this book. I have heard quite a bit about this book.

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Jenn said...

I love reading memoirs and autobiographies, I am on a big kick right now. I would love to win this book, thanks for hosting this giveaway!

I am a follower!

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buddyt said...

When she was introduced to Ally MacBeale, Portia was one of my favorite characters. I was quite surprised when I later read about her problems.

This sounds like a very honest and painfull book andI would dearly like to read it.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

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EVA SB said...

I've read several reviews of this book and would really like to read it.

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JHS. said...

I definitely want to read this one.

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Elysium said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Haven't heard of this before but I remember reading about when she collapsed.

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Seesen said...

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debbie said...

I saw her doing interviews about the book. I had no idea this was happening. I would love to read it.
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Michelle said...

I am a follower. :)

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Chrystal said...

Oooo I have been eyeing this one in the stores, but reminded myself I need to buy Christmas presents before books for myself. LOL SO maybe I'll have a chance at winning it instead!

Thanks for the great giveaways!
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Casey said...

I've been thinking about picking this one up too! I really want to read it!

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Casey said...

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meags222 said...

Wow, this sounds great. Sign me up. I am also a follower of yours :)

Jessica said...

Super giveaway. I'd love a chance.

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Alicia said...

This book sounds so amazing, especially after her Oprah interview!

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PoCoKat said...

Saw her on Oprah and Ellen...would love to win.

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Gertrud said...

Great contest. Read so many good things about the book.

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Pamela Keener said...

I'd love to win this giveaway.
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Mervi said...

I would like to win this book. Thanks for the chance!

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Colleen Turner said...

I remember seeing Portia De Rossi on Ally McBeal and thinking she was absolutely gorgeous (if not more than a little thin). I had no idea she had all these issues going on! I would love to read this.
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librarypat said...

Body image has become such a major problem in this country. Children are starting earlier and earlier to diet and comment on other's figures. The 'ideal' model body is unrealistically thin and unrealistic. What a shame girls and women starve themselves literally to death, just to reach or maintain an unreal and unhealthy weight and image. Unfortunately, Portia had even more issues to deal with.
This should be a very interesting read.

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Ruthie said...

Sounds really good.

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Judit said...

This book sounds interesting! Thank you for the review. I'd love to be entered :)

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Kate said...

I'm a GFC follower. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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Charleydog said...

How could a person have the will power to lose so much weight.

Please enter my name in the giveaway for the book. Thanks!

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Misha1989 said...

I have heard some really positive things about this book. Its on my wishlist.

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k_sunshine1977 said...

even though this is such a heartwrenching subject, i've really been looking forward to reading this book. i'll just have the tissues handy...

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Katie said...

Wow, lots of people are interested in this book. I am so excited to read this one!. I'm an old follower. Ps. Love the christmas change to your header! (cute!!!!)

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Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

I Read Banned Books said...

Old follower...

I saw Portia on Oprah and was enthralled with her story! Thx for the giveaway!

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My name is Patricia said...

Great Giveaway! Enter Please!!

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Lucía said...

I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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jpetroroy said...

Please enter me. I'm very intrigued by her story
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Terra H. said...

I'd like to read this raw and intriguing book. Thanks.
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Jasmine1485 said...

I've heard a lot about this book and I'd love to read it, especially after seeing Portia interviewed about it. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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Syki said...

Hi, thank you for this giveaway!

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FairyWhispers said...

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the Moorhouse's said...

sounds like a really good memoir

Kulsuma said...

Sounds fantastic! I'd love to read it-
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Sharli said...

I'd love to read this!

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Thank you for the giveaway!
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Booksnyc said...

I saw her discussing this book on OPrah and was so moved by how she described being gripped by her eating disorder - sounds like it affected you too.

thanks for hosting this!

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Brooke said...

Thanks so much! I'm an old GFC follower.

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rubynreba said...

I've heard great things about this book and would love to read it.

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Jules@MoonCatFarms said...
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I've been wanting to read this since I saw her do an interview on Oprah. It sounds like such a good book.

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Heidi V said...

Thanks for bring this book to light for me it sounds really interesting...also for the chance to win!

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Janinay said...

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natalie23 said...

Thanks for makig this international, I would really like to win this book.

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Anonymous said...

This sounds like a compelling memoir. Please enter me.

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Zoë said...

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Carol said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book!!!



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Count me in, please.

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Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Please enter me, would love to read this book!

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