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For Keeps: Women Tell the Truth About Their Bodies, Growing Older, and Acceptance Paperback – November 23, 2007
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Nora Ephron's bestselling I Feel Bad About My Neck has perhaps opened the door to discussing the failings of the female body and of female aging, and the 27 contributors to this collection deserve gratitude for enlarging the discussion. The essays detail a plethora of possible events associated with aging: aging mothers and mothers-in-law, one's own increasing frailty and final illnesses. There are deaths and divorces after long-lived marriages. Other contributors write of the abrupt arrival in the world of acute or chronic illness. Two very different threads run throughout the essays. One is the degree to which each writer has found a way to retain or regain a sense of power over her life. The other is the power of childhood messages and experiences to resonate for decades. Standouts include PW Reviews director Louisa Ermelino's luminous account of her mother's and husband's final illnesses, and Liza Nelson's wonderful story of her double mastectomy--she's thrilled to be rid of the enormous appendages that had tormented her all her life. (Dec.) -- Publishers Weekly, October 15, 2007
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These are hard truths. "My Mother's Body Image, My Self" (Sara Nelson), tells us that our obsessions about the size and shape and appearance of our bodies are often taught to us by our mothers--who may have been obsessed with their own bodies. An unhealthy preoccupation with physical image and the desire to use bodies to please men can be passed from mother to daughter.
"Dead Bone" (Aimee Liu) is the story of a young woman who became first an anorexic, then an "exercise zealot" for whom physical suffering was a path to perfection. A series of disabling injuries at least teaches her a necessary lesson. "My body finally, definitively, forced the message over my perverse will: I could no longer afford the fallacy that pain would make me better."
"What I Gave Up" (Ellen Sussman) follows the life of a woman who (pushed by her father) went from being a "killer tennis player" to being a compulsive competitive runner to the practice of yoga--each transition accompanied by the rupture of a spinal disk. Now facing her third spinal fusion, Sussman can say, "What I hope for is this: that I can live in this body without pain; that I can use it as well as I'm able to; and that my mind can accept these changes with the grace of an athlete." It's a prayer that we might all etch on our bathroom mirrors.Read more ›
I read the book twice, which I rarely tak the time to do.
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These stories are Sometimes fun, sometimes serious. Gives you much to relate to and many reasons to recognize the blessings in your life.Published 2 months ago by Suzanne Rossi
I loved this book because these were educated women talking about their lives, bodies and aging. When I read books like this I just realize how much I am not alone in my thinking.Published on October 31, 2011 by J. Flynn