The Camera My Mother Gave Me

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 1, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 149 pages
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Susanna Kaysen, who wrote about her teenage depression in the bestseller Girl, Interrupted, now takes on another taboo: her vagina–which suddenly and inexplicably starts to hurt. And neither Kaysen’s cheery gynecologist, nor her internist, nor a laconic “vulvologist” has the cure. An alternative health nurse suggests direct application of tea, baking soda, and boric acid. Others recommend novocaine, oatmeal, “bio-feedback,” and anti-depressants. Nothing works. As sex becomes more and more painful, Kaysen’s relationship with her boyfriend disintegrates and she turns to her best friends, her wicked sense of humor, and finally wry self-reflection to get herself through.

Using this unusual lens, Kaysen challenges us to think in new ways about the centrality and power of sexuality. The Camera My Mother Gave Me is an unexpected and revelatory book from one of our most candid, insightful and consistently surprising writers.

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User Review  - tealightful - LibraryThing

All I really have to say about this book is that it is a very acquired taste (which almost made me gag to type that phrase..). Kaysen is a decent writer but seems like she would be really miserable to ... Read full review

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User Review  - realbigcat - LibraryThing

Not sure how the title of this book matches the content but it's probably not a great book for a guy to read. Unless of course you want 150+ pages of reading about a women's problems with her vagina ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Susanna Kaysen is the author of the novels Far Afield and Asa, As I Knew Him and the memoir Girl, Interrupted. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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