In the Body of the World

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Hardcover, Henry Holt & Co, 2013, ISBN13 9780805095180, ISBN10 0805095187

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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 father's sexual abuse and her mother's 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.

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Publisher: Holt & Company, Henry
Publish Date: Apr 30, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780805095180
ISBN-10: 0805095187
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.0
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