UN­BEAR­ABLE LIGHT­NESS A Story of Loss and Gain

The Washington Post Sunday - - BOOK WORLD -

By Por­tia de Rossi Atria. 308 pp. $25.99

“Un­bear­able Light­ness” is ac­tress Por­tia de Rossi’s mem­oir of her bat­tle with anorexia and bu­limia at the height of her fame. Through­out her life, De Rossi pres­sured her­self to excel be­yond her peers and has been tor­mented by deep con­flicts. She tried to dis­guise her at­trac­tion to women by mar­ry­ing a man, but the mar­riage failed. She found so­lace in her sup­port­ive brother and through her suc­cess on the show “ Ally McBeal.”

Her beauty turned her into a cover girl and added to her anx­i­eties. The at­ten­tion lav­ished on her body forced her to fo­cus on her weight, which ul­ti­mately dropped to 89 pounds. This mem­oir is a stark, well-writ­ten por­trait of how de Rossi lost con­trol of her life as she be­came con­sumed by her strug­gle for per­fec­tion and ac­cep­tance.

—Erin Wil­liams williamse@wash­post.com

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