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Body Remember: A Memoir

Fries, Kenny

ISBN 10: 0525941622 / ISBN 13: 9780525941620
Published by Dutton Adult, 1997
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Title: Body Remember: A Memoir

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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A memoir by a man born with disabled legs traces the history of his body, from birth, through the many reconstructive sugeries he underwent, to his sexual awakening, all the while touching on the life of his working-class, Jewish family.

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Kenny Fries, noted poet, critic, and essayist, has produced a moving and memorable memoir of what it is like to live with a body you are told is less than perfect. Fries was born with incompletely formed legs, a congenital birth defect that had no scientific name but entailed multiple surgeries just to partially correct. In Body, Remember, Fries, with patience and forbearance, travels back through his life--examining medical records, family papers, his own and his parents' memories--to uncover how he became who he is today. Fries's search is, in part, a mystery not simply because he uncovers many details of his early life unspoken within the family, but through its charting of the discovery of his sexual desire and identity. While much of Fries's memoir is a beautifully written elucidation of what it means to be "different," its fire and heart comes from its author's growing sense of self and dignity as he examines and learns to understand the scars on his psyche as well as on his body. --Michael Bronski

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