by Shary Hauer
In her professional life, Shary Hauer was a confident, successful, high-caliber executive coach who advised big-time corporate leaders around the globe―but her personal life was an entirely different matter. When it came to love, she was insecure, clingy, desperate, willing to do anything and everything to win and keep a man. Because without a man by her side, what good was she? In Insatiable, Hauer fearlessly chronicles her emotional journey from despair to hope, rejection to redemption, and self-hate to self-love, one man at a time. In candid detail, she relates what it is like to be trapped in the torturous cycle of love addiction―what it’s like to be forever searching, needing, obsessing, scheming, and agonizing for love, suffering from a hunger that never ceases―and what it takes to break free of that cycle. An intimate, soul-baring tale that sheds much-needed light on one of the least understood and talked about addictions, Insatiable is the story of one woman’s journey through the hellish, the humiliating, and the humbling in her single-minded pursuit of the most addictive drug of all: love.
A wonderful memoir that is so touching. You might think it's focused solely on Hauer's relationships, but it is about so much more than that. It is about the individual's search for love, but also coming to understand yourself and your worth. Hauer goes through times of reflection in an effort to break a pattern and to learn. All this is in hopes of being better and happier and finding what you're searching for - love from others, but most importantly - love for self.
I applaud the author for her honesty and willingness to share her emotions and experiences. It is truly brave and admiring to do so. As someone who is in the mental health profession, I truly appreciate someone's struggle to understand love, patterns, and the journey for more. So many do not attempt to move forward and grow - so, when I see/read it - I can truly appreciate it.
Women will appreciate this memoir, but it is something that I think anyone who has been in love can understand.