(my curious relationship with the female body)
Gross Anatomy is a book that I needed during my teenage years and I think should be read by all. Mara has a way of talking about the issues, that we just don’t want to talk about and making it ok to discuss these hot topics. I laughed a lot during this book, but found myself nodding along too.
“In any case, I’m not saying that I’ve got it together more than any other woman; it is precisely my own volatile and apprehensive relationship with my own body parts, such as my bowels, bunions, belly button, and copious sweat glands, that has compelled me to go forth in search of answers from everyone from the goddess worshippers of Bainbridge Island to the top lice experts in Denmark.”
“It felt good to know that I wasn’t alone, but it also bothered me to know that so many of us lived in such fear that our biological side would show. It was bad enough that we occasionally had to be seen in natural sunlight.”
This book I felt Mara was empowering people just to embrace their bodies “warts and all”. Mara just put it out there, but I loved it and just adored the brutal honesty. I just wished that everyone was a little bit more honest about our bodies and the quirks we have which just make us all individuals.
I just adored this book, and just loved it and will be reading again and again.
About the Book
Gross Anatomy unapologetically explores the beautiful, and sometimes not so beautiful, aspets of our boies, and why they’re worth loving anyway. From hairy chins to braless outlings, lice-infestations to PMS, no body part is left undiscussed as Mara takes you on a wild journey from head to toe, recouting experiences most of us are too polite to share.
About the Author
Mara is a stand-up comedian, journalist and author of Thanks for Coming and Bearded Lady. She writes about issues that embarrass her, because she has found that putting shame on the page diffuses the stigma, leaving her with a sense of empowerment and freedom.
She lives the perpetual Catch-22 of not being able to go to sleep without first drinking a glass of water, but then having to get up to pee at 3am. She reminds herself that things could always be wrose. Then she’s stuck thinking about all the bad things that could happen. And then she can’t get back to sleep.
Gross Anatomy is published by Harper Collins
A big thank you to Rosie Margesson for sending me this amazing novel.