As you know, I have been trying this new thing for me where I tell you about a book I loved and share a free ebook link to that book if possible.
What I picked this book?
It’s a short read in a memoir style that only takes in the author’s life; I liked how the author takes you from different points of view when you write about gender or that dread sex scene. As a writer, it’s the hardest thing to write for me, and I have never seen to know where to start and make my reader comfortable with it.
In a recent nonfiction workshop I taught, a female student cringed when I suggested she include more of her own story in an essay. The narrative experimented with form, and suggested a history of sexual trauma, but quickly shifted into more lyrical and analytical musing on the general subject. She frowned. “But I don’t want to seem self-absorbed. You know, navel-gazing.”
In this bold and exhilarating mix of memoir and master class, Melissa Febos tackles the emotional, psychological, and physical work of writing intimately while offering an utterly fresh examination of the storyteller’s life and the questions which run through it.
How might we go about capturing on the page the relationships that have formed us? How do we write about our bodies, their desires and traumas? What does it mean for an author’s way of writing, or living, to be dismissed as “navel-gazing”—or else hailed as “so brave, so raw”? And to whom, in the end, do our most intimate stories belong?
Drawing on her own path from aspiring writer to acclaimed author and writing professor—via addiction and recovery, sex work and Harvard night school—Melissa Febos has created a captivating guide to the writing life, and a brilliantly unusual exploration of subjectivity, privacy, and the power of divulgence. Candid and inspiring, Body Work will empower readers and writers alike, offering ideas—and occasional notes of caution—to anyone who has ever hoped to see themselves in a story.
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