Something Spectacular: The True Story of One Rockette's Battle with Bulimia by Greta Gleissner

Jun 28th, 2015
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Greta Gleissner, a longtime professional dancer, dreamed her whole life of becoming a Rockette. Then she became oneand she fell into the grips of a powerful eating disorder that began poison her life from the inside out. Something Spectacular is Gleissner’s raw, personal chronicle of the devastating effects bulimia exacts upon her life during her time as a Rockette. As her disorder takes over, she begins to lead a dual life: happy-go-lucky on the outside; tortured by obsessive, self-destructive voices on the inside. Immersed in an environment in which even talent is secondary to appearance, Gleissner hides her disorder by any means necessarylying, cheating, and stealing with no regard for the consequences of her actionsuntil she hits rock bottom and is forced to face the truths behind her disease. Her intensive odyssey of self-discovery ultimately gives her the strength to reshape her self-ima

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