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review 2017-08-14 23:07
An honest memoir about eating disorders.
Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I Kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity) - Lacy J. Davis,Jim Kettner

Graphic illustrations are a rather underused technique when it comes to mainstream literature, but they work particularly well with highly emotional issues like eating disorders. Lacy Davis has come clean with her problems with Anorexia and Bulimia (although she shies away from these terms), through a memoir that is honest and down-to-earth, and will hopefully provide motivation and encouragement for other sufferers.

The art work is done by her partner, Jim Kettner, who we meet in the memoir. I have to admit to being particularly impressed that someone else understands her well enough to do these illustrations, throughout the book I had assumed they were done by Lacy, herself.

 

Society puts huge pressures on youngsters these days, particularly the women, but men too. It is little surprise that many people crack under these pressures. In my opinion, any advice shared by those who have lived through their issues, is of tremendous value to those still battling their demons. This readily accessible format makes these shared experiences even more widely available.

 

Good luck to Lacy and Kett, I shall be interested to see what they come up with next.

 

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review 2017-08-11 19:53
Book 43/100: Pregnant Butch by A.K. Summers
Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag by Summers, A. K. (2014) Paperback - A. K. Summers

Memoir graphic novels are my favorite of the genre, and I loved that this one addressed such a unique, underrepresented subject matter. Through it, Summers explores the shift or challenge to her identity that she experienced when she decided to get pregnant as a butch lesbian, and was confronted with the extreme "feminization" of all things pregnancy. She refused to wear traditional maternity clothes and found, surprisingly, that being "bigger" because of pregnancy actually allowed her in some instances to come off as burlier and more masculine, while at other times she felt somewhat trapped or at the mercy of her body.

This examines a lot of assumptions people have about butch lesbians and lesbian parenting in general -- that it will happen through adoption, that the more "femme" half of the couple will be the one to carry and birth the child, etc. But it also touches on some pretty universal experiences of pregnancy, too, and as I read it in the final weeks of my own pregnancy, I found a ton to relate to. I even ended up thinking about this book and paraphrasing Summers' insights on labor to my doula while I was in labor myself! (At one point, Summers realizes that the pain and intensity of labor isn't "supposed" to get better -- it just builds until your baby is finally in the world.)

The art style is somewhat uneven in places -- I like it best when it is straightforward rather than more cartoony or stylized. My main complaint about the book is that it was compiled from a series of comics that were originally published in an episodic manner, so at times it feels truncated and choppy. There were a lot of places where I wanted a certain issue to be more deeply explored, and instead the next page jumped to something else. This also made the timeline a little confusing in places. But overall, it was a worthwhile read, and a voice that is good to have out in the world.

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text 2017-08-01 14:32
July 2017 Books Read
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

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I honestly did not get a chance to read that many books. I had a lot of work commitments and not too many things spoke to me. 

 

I read 27 books for the month of July. One of those was a DNF though. I have to start setting aside books I don't enjoy. It's kind of a pain to force read something that you are feeling meh about. 

 

 

5 stars

 

The I-5 Killer by Ann RuleThe Changeling by Victor LaValleHunger by Roxane GayThe Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

City of Bones by Michael ConnellyWatership Down by Richard AdamsBad Feminist by Roxane Gay

 

4 stars

 

Rivers of London by Ben AaronovitchHungry Heart by Jennifer WeinerThe Kill Room by Jeffery DeaverAstrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie FlaggThe Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy TanWTF by Cathy YardleyThe Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

 

3 stars

 

Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. BoyerThe Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison AllenMaeve's Times by Maeve BinchyThe Dark Tower by Robin Furth

 

2 stars

 

Buns by Alice ClaytonThe Skin Collector by Jeffery DeaverDescent by Tim JohnstonThe Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver

Sons by Pearl S. Buck

 

1 star

 

Once and for All by Sarah DessenFifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

 

DNF

 

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

 

I have to say my favorite book was by far Roxane Gay's "Hunger". My least favorite had to be E.L. James, "Fifty Shades of Grey." 

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review 2017-07-28 21:18
The Bigger You Are The Smaller You Become
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay

4.5 stars for brutally honesty, heart wrenching moments, ugly truths, awareness, self confrontations and one brave soul.
Wow, Sh*t and WOW. That was really all I could mutter out while reading this. This girl was changed, scared for life. She held this secret, found a way to deal with it and while saving herself she was also destroying herself. To me it was a heartbreaking story, I wanted healing, like a magical wand waving to make it go away. Magic isn't real, this real life horror happened to a young girl and festered inside her.
What an eye opening tale. I thought I understand the plight of being fat in our society, but I really didn't. She says that, the bigger you are the more invisible you become. Wow, I wanted that not to be true, I wanted us/me to be more as humans but I've thought some of these thoughts, I've made judgmental comments and thought I was being nice. I felt shame. I think I will always remember her pain. I hope her story makes me be a better person in the future.
I wish she would name him, he does not deserve to walk without this weight on his shoulders.

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text 2017-07-25 19:02
Reading progress update: I've read 107 out of 320 pages.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay

Words can not cover this. The pain that a girl felt, feels, lives with is felt with a deaf scream

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