Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy Blog Tour Spotlight


Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy by Kelly Jensen
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Today, I wanted to give some space on my blog to Kelly Jensen's new anthology, Body Talk. On the heels of her last anthology that tackled mental health, Jensen is back with another honest, informative collection of essays that cover everything to do with your physical being- and the emotional repercussions that come from owning one. With contributors across the acting, writing, music, and modeling worlds, there are so many different voices that have something to say in this book. I love that the prospectives come from so many different people in the art world. Since we're all regular YA readers, there are a ton of familiar names including I.W. Gregorio (This Is My Brain In Love), Julie Murphy (Dumplin'), and Eric Smith.
While I haven't gotten to read all of the essays, I've flipped through all of them. I was impressed by the range of topics covered in the 37 pieces. Many of these are disabilities, illnesses, or conditions that aren't well understood by the general population. These personal stories are informative and also so important for raising awareness and empathy. I'm glad that it's giving conditions like PCOS (almost 1 in 10 people with uteruses have it, but there's been very little research and no cure or specific treatment), Crohn's diseases, scoliosis, being deaf, excess body hair, and dysmenorrhea. There are also discussions of trans rights, body image, hair, and the political aspects of living in a body in the world. I'm excited that such a broad, engaging resource exists and that there are so many different contributors from Tyra Banks to Kiran, to Julie Murphy. None of these topics get enough visibility, and they're so important to expose teens to in particular. 
Check out official description down below, and you can grab a copy here.

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!

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