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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (587 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susanna Kaysen Narrator: Susanna Kaysen Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Camera My Mother Gave Me takes us through Susanna Kaysen's often comic, sometimes surreal encounters with all kinds of doctors: internists, gynecologists, alternative health experts, as well as with her boyfriend and her friends, when suddenly, inexplicably, something went wrong with her vagina.

The title comes from Luis Bunuel's film Viridiana. Some peasants are at a banquet in a country mansion. They ask a maid to take a group snapshot, and she obliges, lifting up her skirt and using the camera that's underneath.

Kaysen's The Camera My Mother Gave Me observes what happens when sexual pleasure is replaced by pain. When eros goes away, she writes, it's as if I'm colorblind. The world is gray. But is this a problem of body, or mind? And can clinicians tease out the difference between the two?

Spare, frank, and altogether original, The Camera My Mother Gave Me challenges us to think in new ways about the centrality and power of sexuality. It is an extraordinary investigation into the role sex plays in perception and our notions of ourselves, and into what happens when the erotic impulse meets the world of medicine.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by The Bookwurm | 2/7/2014

    " It was incredible. What a brave human being. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cece Baez | 2/5/2014

    " Great, the joys of pre-menaupause.....really! REALLY! I don't know if I'm glad I read this book....It was painful at times just to imagine some of the experiences the aurthor went through....I am keeping my fingers crossed starting now....oh please oh please, i sure hope I don't go through that because I love sex way to much to just give it up like that; in such a painful way :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/25/2014

    " As someone who has gone through a situation similar to Kaysen's, I can honestly say I appreciated the frustration of her story, especially when it comes to a lack of answers and treatments for her ailment. People have no idea how complicated and finicky vaginas can be until something goes wrong with them. But I don't think it needed to be a book. Maybe it would have worked better as a blog entry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexis | 1/11/2014

    " I wasn't sure how I'd like reading a memoir about a vagina, but I could relate. Not to the particular illness/disorder Kaysen describes, but the not-knowing quest that takes you to doctor's office to doctor's office to doctor's office, hearing different theories each time, trying several "remedies" and asking tons of questions. It's written well, and at no point--even on the first page--does she apologize for discussing her vagina so bluntly. The whole memoir is very matter of fact, making it more understandable. "

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