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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,072 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eve Ensler Narrator: Eve Ensle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Botox, bulimia, breast implants: Eve Ensler, author of the international sensation The Vagina Monologues, is back, this time to rock our view of what it means to have a “good body.” “In the 1950s,” Eve writes, girls were “pretty, perky. They had a blond Clairol wave in their hair. They wore girdles and waist-pinchers. . . . In recent years good girls join the army. They climb the corporate ladder. They go to the gym. . . . They wear painful pointy shoes. They don’t eat too much. They . . . don’t eat at all. They stay perfect. They stay thin. I could never be good.”

The Good Body 
starts with Eve’s tortured relationship with her own “post-forties” stomach and her skirmishes with everything from Ab Rollers to fad diets and fascistic trainers in an attempt get the “flabby badness” out. As Eve hungrily seeks self-acceptance, she is joined by the voices of women from L.A. to Kabul, whose obsessions are also laid bare: A young Latina candidly critiques her humiliating “spread,” a stubborn layer of fat that she calls “a second pair of thighs.” The wife of a plastic surgeon recounts being systematically reconstructed–inch by inch–by her “perfectionist” husband. An aging magazine executive, still haunted by her mother’s long-ago criticism, describes her desperate pursuit of youth as she relentlessly does sit-ups.

Along the way, Eve also introduces us to women who have found a hard-won peace with their bodies: an African mother who celebrates each individual body as signs of nature’s diversity; an Indian woman who transcends “treadmill mania” and delights in her plump cheeks and curves; and a veiled Afghani woman who is willing to risk imprisonment for a taste of ice cream. These are just a few of the inspiring stories woven through Eve’s global journey from obsession to enlightenment. Ultimately, these monologues become a personal wake-up call from Eve to love the “good bodies” we inhabit.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth A | 2/7/2014

    " This is really wonderful. If you get the chance get the audio version and listen to Eve perform the piece - so very powerful. It made me laugh and cry and think. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Zen Cho | 2/3/2014

    " I thought I hadn't read this yet but it turned out I had. I was a bit meh about it. I do really like the way she writes; it isn't that. I can tell she wants to do a sort of thing about the interconnectedness of communities of women all over the world and our body issues, but I was kind of put off by how the stories of all the other women are more about her than they are about them, particularly the stories of women in Third World countries. All this about African women being ~close to the earth~. And the African woman and the Indian woman were literally handholding her out of her body issues! They didn't get a story of their own. Bah. >:( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erin Geismar | 2/1/2014

    " stop hating yourself. read the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by stillme | 1/30/2014

    " The cover made me pick up this one! "

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