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Places I’ve Taken My Body

Molly McCully Brown

This metaphsyscial, intimate and visceral essay collection is stunning in its insight and suffused with optimism.

Molly McCully Brown is the Rebecca Solnit of the body.

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‘Urgent, compelling and lyrically, luminously beautiful . . . a brilliant, heart-rending read.’ Psychologies Magazine

Brown constellates the subjects that define her inside and out: a disabled and conspicuous body, a religious conversion, a missing twin, a life in poetry. As she does, she depicts vividly for us not only her own life but a striking array of sites and topics, among them Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the world’s oldest anatomical theater, Eugenics, and Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. Throughout, Brown offers us the gift of her exquisite sentences, woven together in consideration, always, of what it means to be human: flawed, potent, feeling.

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Urgent, compelling and lyrically, luminously beautiful . . . a brilliant, heart-rending read.

Psychologies Magazine
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An eloquent essay collection . . . Places I've Taken My Body accomplishes what literature does best. It allows readers an opportunity to step into someone else's shoes . . . Brown offers a clear window onto her world.

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Made me see differently - one of the great gifts of literature.

Irish Times, The Best Books of 2021
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Lyrically beautiful.

The Simple Things
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These remarkable essays invite us to look long and hard at our own interior landscapes, and to negotiate exterior ones with as much grace and gratitude as we can muster.

Eliza Griswold, Pulitzer Prize winning author of AMITY & PROSPERITY
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Molly McCully Brown is a barometer, reading the weather of her own body. Her writing is sensitive, intelligent, and above all, clear-eyed and curious about her own experience as a writer, a traveler, and a disabled person. This is an important and beautiful rethinking of how bodies move through the world.

Claire Dederer
MollyMcCully Brown

Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2017. With Susannah Nevison, she is also the co-author of the poetry collection In The Field Between Us (Persea Books, 2020.) Her…

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