In the Body of the World

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Random House of Canada, Apr 30, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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.
 

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User Review  - Spoerk - LibraryThing

I haven't read any Ensler's work before. I've watched The Vagina Monologues a couple times. I knew that this was not in the same vein as her other books. But I found it just as powerful. Living ... Read full review

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User Review  - joyfiction - LibraryThing

In the past I have read Ensler’s books The Vagina Monologues & The Good Body. This book was a rather touching and raw memoir chronicling her experience with uterine cancer. Having lost two ... Read full review

Contents

Divided
Cancer Town
Falling or Congo Stigmata
Circumambulating
Beware of Getting the Best
The Room with a Tree
Crowd Chemo
On the Couch Next to
Rada
DePorted
Shit
Leaking
Acknowledgments
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EVE ENSLER is an internationally bestselling author and an acclaimed playwright whose works for the stage include The Vagina Monologues, Necessary Targets, and The Good Body. She is the author of Insecure at Last, a political memoir, and the New York Times bestseller, I Am An Emotional Creature. Ensler is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls which has raised more than $85 million since 1989. Eve Ensler lives in Paris and New York City.

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