37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy
by Kelly Jensen
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Pub Date 18 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 25 Aug 2020
It’s time to bare it all about bodies!
We all 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 everything 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.
Come on in, turn the pages, and join the celebration of our diverse, miraculous, beautiful bodies!
"Jensen expertly organizes these stories into chapters on a common theme. The experiences are relayed with equal parts honesty and knowledge. A must-have anthology collection on an evergreen topic." — SLJ, starred review
"Together, [the] contributions not only emphasize acceptance and self-love but reclaim identities like 'fat' and 'disabled' and span across gender, gender identity, race, and other intersections. Readers will find many commonalities among all these differences and may begin to embrace those differences in others and, most importantly, in themselves."
"Each author fully and impressively engages with their intersecting identities and the ways in which these intersections affect the way their bodies are treated by society. The anthology is a comprehensive, compulsively readable guide to growing into our bodies in a politically fraught world. A thoughtful, well-rounded anthology featuring diverse voices speaking out on essential topics." — Kirkus Reviews
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This was an incredible anthology about bodies and all the things they come with. I really loved the diverse perspectives throughout this anthology and it opened my eyes to many things.
Body Talk is book of essays of different bodies. I love that it has included all different kinds of disabilities and how people have to navigate then in their life. I think this book is important and I hope everyone picks it up when it comes out!
My favorite essay was:
Fifty Swimsuits by Julie Murphy
Body Talk is an excellent addition to a teen library. The overall theme is about body posititivity, but not in the typical way. This book contains essays from all genders that address how one can love their body though disability, sexuality, reproductive health, and run-of-the mill appearance issues. I love that this book has FAQs and "Do You Know About?" sections, as well as lists of real life role models that can be used to further explore and celebrate each topic. The essays are honest and real, something that teens don't get enough of in social media and advertising. Even though this book is intended for teens and young adults, I think that adults can also appreciate the essays in this book; it would be a great parent/guardian book to read to learn how to broach sensitive topics that may cause embarrassment in many households and can be used to teach awareness, sensitivity, and empathy.
In editor Kelly Jensen's third YA nonfiction anthology, we see how essayists have struggled with body positivity from things we can see on the outside like scars to invisible things on the inside like chronic illnesses. Like in Jensen's previous anthologies, she has sent out her batsignal and gotten the best of YA authors, advocates, athletes, and even supermodel Tyra Banks to contribute. Put this highly important and Own Voices book in your teens' hands as soon as it comes out in August.
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