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.
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
Beautifully written. Both hilarious and heart breaking. This memoir was an incredibly interesting look into an incredible woman's life.read more
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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