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From the bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues and one of Newsweek's 150 Women Who Changed the World, a visionary memoir of separation and connection--to the body, the self and the world. Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body--how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she has spent much of her life disassociated from her own body--a disconnection brought on by her father's sexual abuse and her mother's remoteness. "Because I did not, could not inhabit the body or the Earth," she writes, "I could not feel or know their pain." But Ensler is shocked out of her distance. While working in the Congo, she is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and though months of harrowing treatment, she is forced to become first and foremost a body--pricked, punctured, cut, scanned. It is then that all distance is erased. AS she connects her own illness to the devastation of the earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully--and gratefully--joined to the body of the world.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published: Random House Publishing Group on Apr 30, 2013
ISBN: 9780345813244
List price: $22.95
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I use Vagina Monologues in the classroom and it's good to see more books by Ensler I can recommend to my students. This is a lovely poetic little book giving voice to a struggle that needs more attention. i applaud Ensler for her bravery that once again inspires us allread more
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Beautifully written. Both hilarious and heart breaking. This memoir was an incredibly interesting look into an incredible woman's life.read more
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I love this book. I love the writing, the language, the emotion and the honesty. I find her humanity and ability to be honest about the horrors she's seen incredible. I love that she can be honest about her reaction to her early years that could have lasted a lifetime, and I love her ability to overcome all she's seen in life and embrace the good. The language is perfect, and the emotion is relatable and beautiful--even when the story isn't beautiful. I highly recommend this. It's a quick read, but it's worth every second.I received this as an Advanced Reader Copy from a Goodreads giveaway. It in no way influences my review, as I'm rather excited to buy the book when it's released.read more
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I use Vagina Monologues in the classroom and it's good to see more books by Ensler I can recommend to my students. This is a lovely poetic little book giving voice to a struggle that needs more attention. i applaud Ensler for her bravery that once again inspires us all
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Beautifully written. Both hilarious and heart breaking. This memoir was an incredibly interesting look into an incredible woman's life.
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I love this book. I love the writing, the language, the emotion and the honesty. I find her humanity and ability to be honest about the horrors she's seen incredible. I love that she can be honest about her reaction to her early years that could have lasted a lifetime, and I love her ability to overcome all she's seen in life and embrace the good. The language is perfect, and the emotion is relatable and beautiful--even when the story isn't beautiful. I highly recommend this. It's a quick read, but it's worth every second.I received this as an Advanced Reader Copy from a Goodreads giveaway. It in no way influences my review, as I'm rather excited to buy the book when it's released.
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When this book arrived, I was surprised it was so small. Then I looked at the list of chapters and was even more surprised by how short they were - 2 pages, 6 pages. Then I began to read and was moved to tears by page 5. This little book packs a big punch. It feels much like a diary, sometimes a dream, with short but powerful images that leave you haunted. Ensler's disbelief, fear, pain, and gratitude are palpable. You are right there with her. Her honest feelings and thoughts about the mother that wasn't there for her moved me as I could relate. The connection between the Earth and women's bodies and how we are similarly destroyed, suffering together, is strong. It is not a happy book, yet there are small bright spots that offer hope and joy - faithful friends, selfless volunteers, caring doctors and nurses, survivors who reach out to others.
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Relationships, communicating with one’s body, facing life and death, defining love in its many forms, giving to the earth and its people more than one takes away. This is, in summary, what Eve Ensler expresses in her book, ‘In the Body of the World’. Ensler talks about her experience, her relationship, with cancer and chemo with wry wit, and candor.In exploring and courageously sharing her raw and life changing experience of surgeries, ports, chemo, and all their emotional and physical side effects, Ensler emboldens others to find their own way, but encourages us to be bold enough to feel, to love, to name, to cry, and to believe that others are there for us. Ensler carries us through with beautiful metaphors and honesty about the facing and fearing death. At one point, her mother, also ill, tells Eve that “I dreamed they are came to take our hearts. They didn’t want mine. They wanted yours the most”...The next morning they move my mother to the cardiac unit because her heart has now become the problem. It is where we do not live that the dying comes.”sh 4/201
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