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In the Body of the World: A Memoir

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Publisher Comments:

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 spent much of her life disassociated from her own body — a disconnection brought on by her fathers sexual abuse and her mothers remoteness. “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. While working in the Congo, she is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. 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, generous, and inspiring, Ensler calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.

Review:

"Astonishing." Mary Oliver

Review:

"A masterpiece. Ensler has accomplished the impossible: weaving together huge, bold, world-changing ideas with beautiful writing, amazing metaphors, and original structure. Truly one of the most courageous and original works of our time." Naomi Klein

Review:

"This book is a ride, a river ride through rapids and depths and shallows, dried-up eddies, whirlpools and torrents, crystal-clear pools and the vast ocean at the end.  What a thrill and what a spear through the heart. I am astounded by the honesty and clarity of each word." Elizabeth Lesser

Review:

"Ensler has written a profound and vulnerable book, full of tenderness and strength. I was amazed by the clarity of her vision and the power of her message about the body and self. This book isn't meant only for patients; it is meant for anyone whose life has intersected with illness — in short, for all of us." Siddhartha Mukherjee

Review:

"I dare anyone to read In the Body of the World without crying, without crying out, without getting up and rising to this beautiful broken world with awe and gratitude. There is no pity here, only the raw force of courage in the face of fear and violence, and the healing grace of honesty." Terry Tempest Williams

Review:

"Eve Ensler incarnates the pain of the women in the Congo, victims of rape and torture; and of the Earth, victim of so much desecration. Her heart and body are broken, her anger is like fire, and the passion of her writing rattles your soul. This is true literature and true activism." Isabel Allende

Review:

"Eve Ensler's memoir is not only wild and raw and incredibly important, its also that rarest of achievements — a compulsively readable, stunningly rendered work of art that delivers hope and truth, challenge and solace, sometimes simultaneously." Alexandra Fuller

Review:

"A riveting story of survival." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Fierce, frank, raw and profoundly moving." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an award-winning playwright whose works include The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body, Insecure at Last, and I Am an Emotional Creature, since adapted for the stage as Emotional Creature. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised more than $90 million for local groups and activists, and inspired the global action One Billion Rising. Ensler lives in Paris and New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805095180
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Ensler, Eve
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Subject:
Oncology
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Africa, central
Subject:
Sexual Abuse & Harassment
Publication Date:
20130430
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.8125 x 5.125 in 1 lb

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Product details 240 pages Macmillan Audio - English 9780805095180 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Astonishing."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece. Ensler has accomplished the impossible: weaving together huge, bold, world-changing ideas with beautiful writing, amazing metaphors, and original structure. Truly one of the most courageous and original works of our time."
"Review" by , "This book is a ride, a river ride through rapids and depths and shallows, dried-up eddies, whirlpools and torrents, crystal-clear pools and the vast ocean at the end.  What a thrill and what a spear through the heart. I am astounded by the honesty and clarity of each word."
"Review" by , "Ensler has written a profound and vulnerable book, full of tenderness and strength. I was amazed by the clarity of her vision and the power of her message about the body and self. This book isn't meant only for patients; it is meant for anyone whose life has intersected with illness — in short, for all of us."
"Review" by , "I dare anyone to read In the Body of the World without crying, without crying out, without getting up and rising to this beautiful broken world with awe and gratitude. There is no pity here, only the raw force of courage in the face of fear and violence, and the healing grace of honesty."
"Review" by , "Eve Ensler incarnates the pain of the women in the Congo, victims of rape and torture; and of the Earth, victim of so much desecration. Her heart and body are broken, her anger is like fire, and the passion of her writing rattles your soul. This is true literature and true activism."
"Review" by , "Eve Ensler's memoir is not only wild and raw and incredibly important, its also that rarest of achievements — a compulsively readable, stunningly rendered work of art that delivers hope and truth, challenge and solace, sometimes simultaneously."
"Review" by , "A riveting story of survival."
"Review" by , "Fierce, frank, raw and profoundly moving."
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