Thank you so much to Algonquin Books for Young Readers for sending me a review copy of this book!
Title: Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy
Editor: Kelly Jensen
Publisher: Algonquin Books for Young Readers
Genres: YA Nonfiction
I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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!
After finishing this anthology, I sat with my emotions for some time. I felt so uplifted by the book. Some of the stories and funny and sweet, and some are hard to read because of the pain and emotions the authors write about, but all of these stories had such a positive impression on me. This book explores so much about all different kinds of bodies, from scoliosis, facial hair, endometriosis, chronic illness, and so much more and it explores these topics in essays, FAQs, comic strips, and beautiful illustrations. The diversity in topics and the diverse ways these stories were told made for a very enjoyable read that had me reading quickly, instead of pausing between stories like I usually do with anthologies.
My personal favorite essays include those by Eugene Grant, Eric Smith, Julie Murphy, Anna-Marie McLemore, Roshani Chokshi, Kara Thomas, and Gavin Grimm. However, each essay is incredible in their own way, and different ones will touch different readers.
I loved the experience of reading this book, and I’ll definitely be sharing with others!