In the Body of the World A Memoir

ISBN-10: 0805095187

ISBN-13: 9780805095180

Edition: 2013

Authors: Eve Ensler

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From the bestselling author ofThe Vagina Monologuesand one ofNewsweek's 150 Women Who Changed the World, a visionary memoir of separation and connection—to the body, the self, and the worldPlaywright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to thinking about the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet as she recounts in this inspiring and lyrical memoir, she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body—a disconnection first brought on by her father's battering and sexual abuse and her mother's remoteness, and by her later exploits with drugs, alcohol, and promiscuous sex. Her body was a machine to be mastered; she lived in her head, estranged from her physical self and from nature. "Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the earth," she writes, "I could not feel or know their pain."But Ensler is shocked out of her distance. On a trip to 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 through 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.Unflinching, at once intensely physical and profoundly spiritual, Ensler's transformative work calls on us all at last to embody our elemental connection to and responsibility for the world.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The Beginning of the End, or In Your Liver
Dr. Deb, or Congocancer
Cancer Town
Dr. Handsome
What We Don't Know Going into Surgery
This Is Where You Will Cross the Uji River
Two Questions
Uterus = Hysteria
Falling, or Congo Stigmata
Here's What's Gone
The Stoma
How'd I Get It?
Ice Chips
The Rupture/The Gulf Spill
Becoming Someone Else
Beware of Getting the Best
Infusion Suite
Arts and Crafts
The Room with a Tree
A Buzz Cut
Getting Port
The Chemo Isn't for You
Tara, Kali, and Sue
Crowd Chemo
The Obstruction, or How Tree Saved Me
I Was That Girl Who Was Supposed to Be Dead, or How Pot Saved Me Later
Riding the Lion
Chemo Day Five
On the Couch Next to Me
I Love Your Hair, or The Last Time I Saw My Mother
It Was a Beach, I Think
Death and Tami Taylor
A Burning Meditation on Love
My Mother Dies
Live by the Vagina, Die by the Vagina
Farting for Cindy
It Wasn't a Foreboding
Congo Incontinent
She Will Live
Second Wind
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