My Body Is a Book of Rules

My Body Is a Book of Rules

by Elissa Washuta


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As Elissa Washuta makes the transition from college kid to independent adult, she finds herself overwhelmed by the calamities piling up in her brain. When her mood-stabilizing medications aren’t threatening her life, they’re shoving her from depression to mania and back in the space of an hour. Her crisis of American Indian identity bleeds into other areas of self-doubt; mental illness, sexual trauma, ethnic identity, and independence become intertwined. Sifting through the scraps of her past in seventeen formally inventive chapters, Washuta aligns the strictures of her Catholic school education with C osmopolitan ’s mandates for womanhood, views memories through the distorting lens of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , and contrasts her bipolar highs and lows with those of Britney Spears and Kurt Cobain. Built on the bones of fundamental identity questions as contorted by a distressed brain, My Body Is a Book of Rules pulls no punches in its self-deprecating and ferocious look at human fallibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597099691
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Edition description: 1
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 322,098
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, was born in New Jersey and now lives in Seattle. She received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Washington in 2009 and has been the recipient of an Artist Trust GAP Award, a Potlatch Fund Native Arts Grant, a 4Culture Grant, and a Made at Hugo House Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Third Coast. She is an adviser and lecturer in American Indian Studies at the University of Washington. My Body Is a Book of Rules is her first book.

Table of Contents

The Dread 2

Note 9

Please Him 16

Faster Than Your Heart Can Beat 28

Preliminary Bibliography 40

The Kindling Model in Bipolar Disorder 50

Prescribing Information 53

Dear Diary 60

Fucker and Fucked 73

Dear Diary, Part 2 89

Sexually Based Offenses 95

Actually 118

Many Famous People Suffer from Bipolar Disorder 130

I Will Perfect Every Line Until My Profile Is Flawless 159

Please Him, Part 2 171

The Global Positioning Effect 181

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ChipLivingston More than 1 year ago
Marvelous. So innovative, the forms and formats; so revealing and honest, the author. Great new memoir. I can see this being taught in every creative nonfiction class. I can also recommend it for anyone going to college, all young adults, anyone with kids in college or kids who are going to be young adults, anyone who has ever been in college and anyone who has ever been a young adult. THIS IS REQUIRED READING!