10 New Books to Change the Way We Look at Our Bodies

Apr 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. ET
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In the current #MeToo, Trump-era zeitgeist, women are feeling more comfortable and empowered than ever to come forward with stories of rape, sexual identity and gender discrimination. To attest to this, spring 2018 has been a banner season for books on the subject of bodies. 

I was inspired to do a roundup of new and noteworthy body literature after seeing playwright and activist Eve Ensler’s stunning one-woman show, In the Body of the World, based on her 2016 memoir of the same name. I’ve been a fan of Ensler and her work since college, when I directed a performance of The Vagina Monologues, her Tony Award-winning play, which gave female anatomy a stage and a microphone. Ensler’s latest theatrical masterpiece is a revelatory exploration of cancer, recovery and transformation — and the connection between our bodies and the Earth.

Here are 10 of this season’s most highly anticipated new releases, from provocative anthologies to daring personal memoirs to lyrical poetry collections.

1 /11: 'My Body, My Words: a collection of bodies'

1/11 :'My Body, My Words: a collection of bodies'

2 /11: 'This Is How I Save My Life: From California to India, a True Story Of Finding Everything When You Are Willing To Try Anything'

2/11 :'This Is How I Save My Life: From California to India, a True Story Of Finding Everything When You Are Willing To Try Anything'

3 /11: 'Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence'

3/11 :'Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence'

4 /11: 'Synonyms for (OTHER) Bodies'

4/11 :'Synonyms for (OTHER) Bodies'

5 /11: 'For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors'

5/11 :'For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors'

6 /11: 'Heart Berries'

6/11 :'Heart Berries'

7 /11: 'Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture'

7/11 :'Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture'

8 /11: 'Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain'

8/11 :'Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain'

9 /11: 'Red Mother'

9/11 :'Red Mother'

10 /11: Feast: True Love in and Out of the Kitchen

10/11 :Feast: True Love in and Out of the Kitchen

11 /11: Pin It!

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11/11 :Pin It!