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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Body Talk: Book Review / Blog Tour

Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy

Edited by: Kelly Jensen 

Number of Pages: 256

My Overall Rating: 3.53 rounded to 4 / 5 stars

Published: August 18, 2020

Read in August 2020

Summary According to Goodreads

We experience the world in a body, but we don’t usually take the time to explore what it really means to have and live within one. Just as every person has a unique personality, every person has a unique body, and every body tells its own story. 

In Body Talk, thirty-seven writers, models, actors, musicians, and artists share essays, lists, comics, and illustrations - about every from size and shape to scoliosis, from eating disorders to cancer, from sexuality and gender identity to the use of makeup as armor. Together, they contribute a broad variety of perspectives on what it’s like to live in their particular bodies - and how their bodies have helped to inform who they are and how they move through the world.

My Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this novel for the purposes of a review, but that does not affect my opinion.

Let’s talk about body image. Most people have had a struggle with their bodies at some point in their life, and I am no exception. I have gone from hating the way I look to learning to appreciate my body and acknowledge its resilience to how much I have put it through. I am not shy about my destructive behaviours such as self-harm and eating disorder, but my body has pulled me through so much and I am so grateful. 

This collection was very powerful and just solidified my appreciation for myself so much more, and I think It can be a good tool for other people as well. I would suggest that if you are currently in a negative state with your body image you may find some of the stories to be a little bit triggering, but overall it is something I am glad to have read and proud to have been included in this tour.

I rated each authors contributed individually to calculate my average rating. However, I do not believe that it is necessary nor appropriate to share those ratings as each author shared their personal experiences in this novel and it is not my place to publicly judge their vulnerability. 


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