Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System

Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System

Rate your pain on a scale of one to ten. What about on a scale of spicy to citrus? Is it more like a lava lamp or a mosaic? Pain, though a universal element of human experience, is dimly understood and sometimes barely managed. Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System is a collection of literary and experimental essays about living with chronic pa Rate your pain on a scale of one to ten. What about on a scale of spicy to citrus? Is it more like a lava lamp or a mos...

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Title:Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System
Author:Sonya Huber
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:204 pages pages

Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System Reviews

  • Laurie Neighbors
    Apr 21, 2018
    Five stars and a high recommendation for those with rheumatoid disease and perhaps a very few other superheroes. I've given up on the capacity of the rest of you normies to see this thing, and I grow weary of your clueless reviews about disability memoirs. ...
  • Melissa
    Oct 17, 2017
    A very insightful collection of essays about the experience of living with chronic pain. Huber uses a lot of different essay forms to discuss parenting with pain, how to describe pain (and the inability of a scale to convey ?pain? to her medical team), what it is like to be a patie...
  • Kate
    Jun 25, 2017
    Beautiful. Extraordinary. Necessary. ...
  • Holly
    Jan 05, 2018
    I really, really LOVED some of the essays in this book. At her best, Huber is eloquent, insightful, wise, surprising, and just flat-out entertaining. As I read several of these essays, I imagined discussing them with clever, curious friends whose opinions I always want to hear. At ...
  • Avery Guess
    Dec 30, 2018
    Lordy. This book is one of my favorites of 2018. You should read it if you a/like good writing, b/like amazing essays, c/are in chronic pain, d/know people in chronic pain, e/are human, f/are not human but can read. There. That should cover it. Just trust me and read this book. ...
  • Amanda
    May 27, 2018
    Sonya Huber is a word-magician. Her experiences with chronic pain will get inside you and stay with you for days to come. Not in a bad way; in a poetic, aware sort-of way. Each essay can stand on its own, but they also weave together to create an enormous experience that we can all rel...
  • Shannon
    Mar 16, 2017
    I always love Sonya Huber's writing--poetic, witty, sardonic, wise. With this book, she's your Virgil as she takes takes you into the nine (or more) circles of chronic pain. As the back cover copy advises, this is not simply a personal memoir of pain, but an exploration of pain as a me...
  • Sarah Booth
    Aug 30, 2017
    This is a book of essays written by someone who has chronic pain. It was fascinating to read someone else's descriptions of something that is fairly indescribable. There was much that I could identify with and that I found fascinating and to compare my own experiences to someone with a...
  • Gabrielle Carolina
    Feb 07, 2018
    The best, most creative, most honest account of a woman in chronic pain I have ever read. ...
  • Erin W
    Feb 15, 2017
    UPDATE: reread in March 2019, still 5 stars :) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I initially decided to pick this one up because I read a great review on Bitch Media by Gila Lyons (https://bitchmedia.org/article/pain-w...) & I was instantly captivated by the cover - I lov...
  • Stephanie
    May 27, 2019
    I don't like leaving this book without review but I also don't know how to explain how much this book meant for me and how much it helped me articulate this awful chronic/invisible/undiagnosed illness journey I've been on for a year and a half. ...
  • Carol
    Aug 13, 2017
    This book is a collection of essays of living with chronic pain. These essays are personal in nature. The challenges of gender bias in our health care system. The search for effective treatment options. This is an interesting book. Anyone who has chronic pain issues this book is for yo...
  • Vincent Scarpa
    Jan 21, 2017
    (Review forthcoming, but this is a wonderful, wonderful book.) ...
  • Whitney
    Nov 25, 2018
    Truly one of the best books I've read regarding chronic illness and pain. ...
  • Margo
    Jun 13, 2018
    Brilliant. A must read for anyone with chronic pain, or caregivers or loved ones trying to understand them. ...
  • Margo
    Jun 22, 2018
    Brilliant and beautifully correct. If you suffer from chronic pain or know anyone who does, read this book. ...
  • Kate Klein
    Jun 21, 2018
    this is one of the best pieces of writing I've ever read about the experience, politics, and aesthetics of pain, written by somebody with the same chronic pain condition as me. much recommended to anybody who lives with chronic pain, anybody who has somebody with chronic pain in their ...
  • Laura
    Sep 02, 2018
    This is a book that I wish would be part of the required reading list for every doctor in training, and then somehow we need to get it into the hands of every doctor in practice. Huber has shared a perspective that practitioners just don't seem to get, but they need to. And for those w...
  • Megan
    May 24, 2019
    This is the only book I've ever read that truly captures what it's like to live with chronic illness: the silent pain, the hidden losses, the process of grieving the "you" that once was and redefining your identity. Huber is incredibly vulnerable. She doesn't hide anything in an attemp...
  • Jane Hamilton
    Jun 26, 2017
    Pain is a very dodgy thing to pin down, but Sonya Huber manages this Herculean task because of her sheer writing skill. She's an artist with words. If you or a loved one suffers with chronic pain, this is a very smart book to keep at the ready. ...
  • Kazen
    Mar 29, 2017
    3.5 stars I knew from the opening lines of the first essay, Pain Bows in Greeting, that I would like this collection. Pain wants you to put in earplugs because sounds are grating. Pain has something urgent to tell you but forgets over and over again what it was. Pain tells you t...
  • Emily
    Mar 28, 2019
    This is an exceptional book. Huber has the rare ability to put words to the experience of chronic pain. These poems and essays are truthful, sad, funny and accessible. ...
  • Jay
    Jan 23, 2018
    Maybe 3.5? This was a decent read, with some really strong chapters and insights that help bump it up despite other areas being weaker and/or repetitive. Some of my favorites were the sort of lists toward the end, the chapters on the pain scale, breaking down hours, and the slew of chr...
  • Sarah
    Aug 13, 2017
    I bought this book after hearing Sonya Huber interviewed on the "Pain Reframed" podcast with Jeff Moore and Tim Flynn. As a healthcare provider, it's powerful to hear patient stories. These essays are witty, eloquent, and funny! Many of her experiences echo stories I've heard from my...
  • Lynn Kanter
    Nov 30, 2017
    This set of fresh, sharp-edged essays is about living with the chronic pain of Huber?s rheumatoid disease, a life-altering condition that is for the most part invisible to others. She describes pain in ways that are lyrical and utterly original: ?Pain folds the minutes into fascina...
  • Hannah
    Feb 27, 2017
    This is one of those books whose title immediately grabed me - I mean, it is just super brilliant. And lenghty parts of this collection of essays are brilliant as well. Sonya Huber writes about her struggle with chronic pain; she has an auto-immune disease that changed everything about...
  • Mystic Faerie
    Jun 27, 2018
    I liked this book. It was well written and insightful. Having chronic pain myself, I felt like I could identify with some of her essays. Sonya Huber writes with humour, sarcasm and wit. I would recommend this book to anyone with chronic pain and to those who aren't afflicted with pain....
  • Alyssa Foll
    Oct 09, 2018
    What an essay collection! This is some of the best writing, by far, that I've read on the topic of chronic pain. Sonya Huber is highly metaphorical in her writing and she is able to give insight into what it is like to live with chronic pain. A few gems include: "Pain is a screaming ...
  • Jennie Chantal
    Jun 08, 2018
    3.5 Standout essays include: The Lava Lamp of Pain, On Gratitude, and Off, Between One and Ten Thousand. I?m always excited to see a book of essays written by an author exploring their experience with chronic illness and disability. Some of these essays felt unfinished to ...
  • Ioanna Opidee
    Nov 25, 2018
    These essays have the capacity to stun, not just in terms of how Huber is able to make the reader reexamine all she knows about pain and its role in our individual and collective lives, but also because the writing itself is so fresh and surprising. Great read! ...