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Jul 12, 2022 | ISBN 9781646221318

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A BookPage Most Anticipated Nonfiction Book of the Year

“These writers bring insight and nuance to the weird and wonderful topic of embodiment.” —Sarah Neilson, Shondaland

“These honest and reflective essays will make you think about your own body and how you relate to it and perhaps even provoke some change.” —Jaime Herndon, Book Riot

“Multiple minds and writing sensibilities circling around the same topic is one of my favorite reading experiences, and the topic of the body makes for particularly compelling fodder . . . Body Language gathers 30 essays from Catapult’s archive that venture into that unspoken territory—with essays about weight, disability, athleticism, fertility, race, disordered eating, gender, and more—featuring writers you know and love and others you’ll be glad to encounter.” —Eliza Smith, Literary Hub

“These smart, affecting, and vulnerable essays, chronicling a vast range of experiences, inspire and illuminate.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Many of the 30 essays will resonate with inquisitive, searching teen readers.” —Booklist (YA) (starred review)

“Chung’s writing and editing are a great gift to us all, and in Body Language she teams up with the also wonderful Matt Ortile to edit an anthology about embodiment, race, desire, illness, and more, with essays from some of the most exciting writers publishing nowadays.” —An Electric Literature Most Anticipated Title of the Year

“These lyrical and incisive essays cover a wide range of topics related to the human body, including birth, death, race, gender, size, disability, and fertility . . . Marked by the diversity of its contributor’s perspectives and the vibrancy of their prose, this anthology shines.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A stunning collection illuminating the wisdom, love, and power we can access by knowing and caring for our bodies.” —Nadia Owusu, author of Aftershocks

Body Language is a wide-ranging, heart-rending, hope-generating collection of stories. From disordered eating to athleticism to disability, it was impossible to turn away from these intimate and astute offerings. There is nothing more ordinary than living in a body, but so much about it can remain unspoken. This book, then, is a revelation, treasured company that I’ll keep with me always.” —Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood

Body Language imagines into the quakes of the body—its pains, shifts, memories, wounds. The collection of voices here is expansive and explosive, insightful and powerful, touching everywhere from funeral sex to breath, football to transitioning, the embodied danger of gender and identity to dancing. A joy to read.” —Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Body Language explores all that our bodies render possible and impossible: their care and feeding; what is done with them and what is done to them; what bodies may one day become and what they can offer now with each breath. Each essay shines in its specificity. Together, they create a constellation that illuminates the vastness of embodied life and the potential to relate in new ways.” —Angela Chen, author of Ace

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