Places I’ve Taken My Body
Molly McCully Brown
Mr B's review
Described as ‘the Rebecca Solnit of the body’, Molly McCully Brown guides us through ever-surprising ways of being within the limits of a body. These essays, exploring desire, disability, travel and history, ask what embodiment really means.
‘Urgent, compelling and lyrically, luminously beautiful . . . a brilliant, heart-rending read.’ Psychologies Magazine
Brown constellates the subjects that define her inside and out: a disabled and conspicuous body, a religious conversion, a missing twin, a life in poetry. As she does, she depicts vividly for us not only her own life but a striking array of sites and topics, among them Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the world’s oldest anatomical theater, Eugenics, and Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. Throughout, Brown offers us the gift of her exquisite sentences, woven together in consideration, always, of what it means to be human: flawed, potent, feeling.
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