Jill Bernstein
May 03, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In the Body of the World

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Eve Ensler
publisher
Metropolitan
genre
Memoir

We gave it an A-

What Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions did for anxious new mothers, Ensler’s memoir, In the Body of the World, does for women who are fighting cancer or may fight it one day. Her breezy, moving tale about surviving advanced uterine cancer (and yes, the creator of The Vagina Monologues saw the irony) shoots straight about surgery, chemo, nausea, and fear — and how the disease forced her to deal with her own childhood abuse. Most powerfully, she describes her ongoing work with women in the Congo. Ensler also drops useful advice: Gather your girlfriends close. Buy watercolors. Look at trees. Never stop helping other women. A-

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