The Body Papers

The Body Papers

A Memoir

Book - 2019
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Born in the Philippines, young Grace Talusan moves with her family to a New England suburb in the 1970s. At school, she confronts racism as one of the few kids with a brown face. At home, the confusion is worse: her grandfather's nightly visits to her room leave her hurt and terrified, and she learns to build a protective wall of silence that maps onto the larger silence practiced by her Catholic Filipino family. Talusan learns as a teenager that her family's legal status in the country has always hung by a thread;for a time, they were illegal residents. Family, 's told, must be put first. The abuse and trauma Talusan suffers as a child affects all her relationships, her mental health, and her relationship with her own body. Later, she learns that her family history is threaded with violence and abuse. And she discovers another devastating family thread: cancer. In her thirties, Talusan must decide whether to undergo preventive surgeries to remove her breasts and ovaries. Despite all this, she finds love, and success as a teacher. On a fellowship, Talusan and her husband return to the Philippines, where she revisits her family's ancestral home and tries to reclaim a lost piece of herself. Not every family legacy is destructive. From her parents, Talusan has learned to tell stories in order to continue. The generosity of spirit and literary acuity of this debut memoir are a testament to her determination and resilience. In excavating and documenting such abuse and trauma, Talusan gives voice to unspeakable experience, and shines a light of hope into the darkness.
Publisher: Brooklyn, New York :, Restless Books,, 2019.
Edition: First Restless Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: 2019
ISBN: 9781632061836
Branch Call Number: 362.88092 T152T
Characteristics: xi, 255 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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Jul 03, 2020

nsalenga85 Aug 03, 2019

This is a great book of Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines & immigrated with her family to New England in the 1970's when suffered from abuse & trauma as child as her mental health & her body affects with her own body when she learns that she had family history of violence & abuse & discovered that her family was devastated with cancer built with a protective wall of silence that maps large practice by her Catholic family.

Jun 30, 2019

WOW, this local author has been to rings of hell that Dante never knew. Her compelling courage to tell intense truths is awe inducing. With a calm, clear voice you will be powerfully drawn into the elaborate complexities of all she has experienced. Highly recommend especially if you need to complete your memoir/author of color/award winner or local author bingo square for summer reading.


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