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The Resource The body papers : a memoir, Grace Talusan

The body papers : a memoir, Grace Talusan

Label
The body papers : a memoir
Title
The body papers
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Grace Talusan
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Born in the Philippines, young Grace Talusan moves with her family to a New England suburb in the 1970s. At school, she confronts racism as one of the few kids with a brown face. At home, the confusion is worse: her grandfather's nightly visits to her room leave her hurt and terrified, and she learns to build a protective wall of silence that maps onto the larger silence practiced by her Catholic Filipino family. Talusan learns as a teenager that her family's legal status in the country has always hung by a thread--for a time, they were "illegal." Family, she's told, must be put first. The abuse and trauma Talusan suffers as a child affects all her relationships, her mental health, and her relationship with her own body. Later, she learns that her family history is threaded with violence and abuse. And she discovers another devastating family thread: cancer. In her thirties, Talusan must decide whether to undergo preventive surgeries to remove her breasts and ovaries. Despite all this, she finds love, and success as a teacher. On a fellowship, Talusan and her husband return to the Philippines, where she revisits her family's ancestral home and tries to reclaim a lost piece of herself. Not every family legacy is destructive. From her parents, Talusan has learned to tell stories in order to continue. The generosity of spirit and literary acuity of this debut memoir are a testament to her determination and resilience. In excavating and documenting such abuse and trauma, Talusan gives voice to unspeakable experience, and shines a light of hope into the darkness
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Talusan, Grace
Dewey number
362.88092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC560.S44
LC item number
T35 2019
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Talusan, Grace
  • Sexual abuse victims
  • Cancer
  • Filipinos
  • Immigrants
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
  • Cancer
  • Filipinos
  • Immigrants
  • Sexual abuse victims
  • Great Britain
Label
The body papers : a memoir, Grace Talusan
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1043844633
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First Restless Books hardcover edition.
Extent
xi, 255 pages:
Isbn
9781632061836
Lccn
2018948395
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781632061836
  • (OCoLC)1043844633
Label
The body papers : a memoir, Grace Talusan
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1043844633
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First Restless Books hardcover edition.
Extent
xi, 255 pages:
Isbn
9781632061836
Lccn
2018948395
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781632061836
  • (OCoLC)1043844633

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