In the Body of the World

A Memoir of Cancer and Connection
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.25 hours)
Product Number: Z100125225
Released: Jun 01, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781427231703
Narrator/s: Eve Ensler
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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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 and inspiring, Ensler's In the Body of the World calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.

Author(s): Eve Ensler
Original Publish Date: Apr 30, 2013

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Author(s): Eve Ensler
Product Number EB00354533
Released: May 21, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9780805095241

Professional reviews

"To escape repeated rape by her father, Eve Ensler learned to disconnect from her body. "Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the earth, I could not feel or know their pain," says the author of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. This disconnect led her to promiscuity and alcoholism, but it also led her to become an activist in the fight to end violence against women. In 2010, Ensler was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Ensler reads with the rhythms and cadence of an angry, passionate poet, intense and fully aware of the devastating irony of that diagnosis. Forced to deal with her body through extensive surgeries, chemo, radiation, and pain, she begins the healing process, slowly reconnecting to herself and the earth. Raw, unrelenting, no-holds-barred listening. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award "

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