Body Storyby Julia K. Depree
Both personal narrative and revealing cultural analysis, Body Story is Julia K. De Pree's examination of her journey from adolescence to adulthood and from anorexia to health. For De Pree, between being a girl and being a woman, there was starvation. Body Story is her intimate account of girlhood, virginity, anorexia, and motherhood. De Pree's prose is spare and unguarded, detailing in vivid flashbacks and poignant vignettes the sources of her inner pain. De Pree deftly renders the starkness of anorexia along with the process of recovery, relapse, and, ultimately, redemption. She also recounts her close relationship with the physical and cultural landscape, from her origins in the Midwest to the American South, Paris, and the vast New Mexico desert, and she explores her own psychic landscape as she meets the challenges of maturation, childbirth, and motherhood. This evocative and often radiant vision is a unique window into womanhood and selfhood in middle-class, contemporary America.
"Avoiding the cliches and conventions of the usual eating disorders memoir, Julia De Pree's Body Story captures the complexity and fragility of one woman's struggle to attain peace with her body. In language that is both spare and lyrical, De Pree creates a compelling narrative that is hard to put down."
—Susan Bordo, author of Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body
“Julia K. De Pree's memoir Body Story is as sparse and clear as the American plains. Her journey from anorexia to a state of well-being serves as both comfort and warning to other contemporary women - women who believe in ‘having it all’ — that even though old demons may continue to haunt them, in moments of fleeting bliss these demons can be conquered.”
-- Alice Carey, author of I'll Know It When I See It: A Daughter's Search for Home in Ireland
“Body Story conveys a vivid, direct experience. I especially love the contrast between her girlhood and the time of her adolescence, when her virginity was at stake and when she began wanting a body that was almost too thin to see. It is a beautifully written story.”
-- Linda Leonard, author of The Wounded Woman and Witness to Fire: Creativity and the Veil of Addiction
- Ohio University Press
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- Age Range:
- 14 - 18 Years
Meet the Author
Julia K. DePree is an associate professor of French at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. An award-winning poet, in her recent articles she explores the intersections between literary representation and psychoanalytic theory.
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