Nonfiction

Elizabeth Hall: I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris

Elizabeth Hall set out to find all that had been written about the clit past and present. As she soon discovered, the history of the clitoris is no ordinary tale; rather, its history is marked by the act of forgetting. “Marvelously researched and sculpted…. Bulleted points rat-tat-tatting the patriarchy, strobing with pleasure” (DODIE BELLAMY). “Freud, terra cotta cunts, hyenas, anatomists, and Acker, mixed with a certain slant of light on a windowsill and a leg thrown open invite us… Bawdy and beautiful” (WENDY C. ORTIZ). “Gorgeous little book about a gorgeous little organ… Mines discourses as varied as sexology, plastic surgery, literature and feminism to produce an eye-opening compendium…. The ‘tender button’ finally gets its due” (JANET SARBANES). “God this book is glorious…. You will learn and laugh and wonder why it took you so long to find this book” (SUZANNE SCANLON).

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Aaron Apps, Intersex: A Memoir

Intersex explores gender as it forms in concrete and unavoidable patterns in the material world. In this hybrid-genre memoir, intersexed author Aaron Apps adopts and upends historical descriptors of hermaphroditic bodies such as “freak of nature,” “hybrid,” “imposter,” “sexual pervert,” and “unfortunate monstrosity” in order to trace his own monstrous sex as it perversely intertwines with gender expectations and medical discourse. “Intersex is all feral prominence…. Necessarily vulnerable, brave and excessive…. Like the best kind of memoir … a book that bursts from its very frame” (BHANU KAPIL)

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Andrew Zornoza: Where I Stay

Andrew Zornoza’s debut, Where I Stay (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009) walks the highways and dirt roads of a landscape filled with characters in transition: squatters, survivalists, prostitutes, drug runners, skinheads, border guards and con-men. A meditation on desperation, identity, geography, memory, and love, Where I Stay is a story about endurance, about the empty spaces in ourselves, about the new possibilities we find only after we have lost everything: “Refreshing, pitch-perfect kind of steering that is innovative not only for the genre it might get called into, but for experiential and language-focused texts of every stripe…. Meditative and rhythmic in the mind of Mary Robison mashed with William Vollmann…. Unforgettable.” (BLAKE BUTLER, HTML GIANT); “Squarely situated between the ethos of Jack Kerouac and Walker Evans” (REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY FICTION); “With a languorous but precise lyricism…. [Zornoza] is a cartographer of loneliness, doubt, and fear, one that fearlessly delineates the stark realms of disappointment, unrequited love, and unfulfilled dreams” (RAIN TAXI); “a gifted journey through borderlands between text and image” (LANCE OLSEN); “As haunting as it is gritty…. I hesitate to simply call it a book; its ambitions, beautifully realized, make it a hybrid of textual and visual arts” (SMALL PRESS REVIEWS); “expert” (NEWPAGES)

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