The Body Papers

The Body Papers

Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan?s memoir The Body Papers bravely explores her experiences with sexual abuse, depression, cancer, and life as a Filipino immigrant, supplemented with government documents, medical records, and family photos. Born in the Philippines, young Grace Talusan moves with her family to a New England suburb in Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan?s memoir The Body Papers bravely expl...

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Title:The Body Papers
Author:Grace Talusan
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:163206183X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Body Papers Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Jun 30, 2019
    Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan writes about moving from the Philippines to the United States as a child, navigating family secrets/illness and periods of undocumented status, and what it is like to return to her homeland as an adult scholar....
  • Celeste Ng
    Oct 21, 2018
    Grace Talusan writes eloquently about the most unsayable things: the deep gravitational pull of family, the complexity of navigating identity as an immigrant, and the ways we move forward even as we carry our traumas with us. Equal parts compassion and confession, THE BODY PAPERS is a ...
  • Rosemary
    Jun 14, 2019
    This is a difficult read., but well worth it. The author survives being brown in a white world, sexual abuse by her grandfather, the inherited gene for cancer, a loss of faith in her church and her disappointment over not having children, and yet, in the end is grateful for her life. S...
  • Alicia
    Jun 24, 2019
    The most important book I?ve read this year. ...
  • Crystal King
    Jun 11, 2019
    Beautifully and emotionally wrought, The Body Papers gives us a unique insight into the life of Talusan, a Filipino immigrant. It's a story of a woman living between countries, wrestling with the memories of harrowing sexual abuse at the hands of a family member, and the devastating tr...
  • Kristina A
    Jun 01, 2019
    A very powerful, brave, and moving memoir. Grace Talusan's prose is spare and understated, allowing for the reader to contemplate the enormity of what she writes about. The book begins with a description of making yogurt, a comforting and evocative image that belies the dangers and pai...
  • Andrienne
    Oct 24, 2018
    What a powerful book. Heartfelt and courageous, Grave Talusan?s memoir is the real deal. I?m always wary of how immigrant Filipinos express their experience - sometimes their shallow, condescending or vapid. They can?t hold a candle to this explosive memoir. I?m hopeful tha...
  • Trish
    May 02, 2019
    THE BODY PAPERS, winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, is Grace Talusan's precise, powerful debut memoir in essays: life as a Filipino immigrant, sexual abuse and its effects on her mental health, and cancer. At two years old, Talusan immigrated from the Phil...
  • Tanya
    Jun 13, 2019
    The Body Papers covers a lot of ground that could easily fall into what people refer to as "trauma porn" -- Filipino life and politics, first generation immigration, incest, cancer -- its hard to believe that one person has lived this whole life, let alone written about it with such ho...
  • Lynne Griffin
    Apr 13, 2019
    A heartachingly beautiful story about living between lands?between countries and in our understanding of the people we love. A memoir to remember. Highly recommend. ...
  • Diane
    Jun 27, 2019
    I was at first concerned about reading this book, as I didn't think I'd relate to her content, but the more I read, the more I realized that the issues brought forward have haunted me as well. Those issues that don't are ones I struggle to understand and grasp. I am grateful for her ma...
  • Nick Klagge
    Jun 15, 2019
    This is a very well-written memoir, organized as a series of loosely related essays. It deals with some very heavy issues, but the episodic style and Talusan's strong authorial voice keep it from bogging down in the tragic (of which there is certainly plenty). Her inclusion of primary ...
  • Courtney
    Apr 21, 2019
    Wonderful essays on immigration, cancer, and trauma - both individual and generational. Grace Talusan does an amazing job describing her own journey through all three through the eyes of her ancestors and contemporary relatives. ...
  • Geraldine
    Jul 08, 2019
    Reading this book I felt a kinship to Grace Talusan - on being Filipino-American, on going back to the Philippines, on feelings of belonging and acceptance of culture, and on familial loyalty. I really enjoyed her voice as she told stories about growing up in America, moving back to th...
  • Tara Sullivan
    May 03, 2019
    One of the most moving books I've ever read. ...
  • Jenny Shank
    Apr 29, 2019
    from https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/5... Grace Talusan immigrated to America with her family from the Philippines when she was a preschooler. In this moving, clear-eyed memoir, which won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, she probes the events of her life, docu...
  • Nikka Palapar
    Jul 14, 2019
    The limit does not exist when it comes to producing tears of joy, tears of immense pain, and tears of overwhelming sadness when I finished reading each chapter, every sentence, and down to the last word Talusan has beautifully written. I felt seen and heard through this memoir. I will ...
  • Liz Gray
    Apr 11, 2019
    I could not put this book down. I read an excerpt in a writing class and then waited impatiently for two weeks for the book?s publication. Talusan writes directly and poetically about her experiences as an immigrant, a sexual abuse and cancer survivor, and a member of a large and com...
  • Sylvia
    May 11, 2019
    4.5 This is a memoir filled with difficult experiences. Grace Talusan voice is both brave and beautiful. My only criticism is that sometimes the transitions between either time periods or experiences were a little clumsy. A very worthy book that shows the experience of immigration to t...
  • Audrey
    Mar 31, 2019
    This searing memoir is filled with the author?s truth. Talusan tells her story in a matter of fact way about how her grandfather?s sexual abuse and its fallout, being an other in her own country and her decisions about having the cancer gene. There is so much pain in this memoir as...
  • Jeanne Blasberg
    Apr 03, 2019
    This memoir is written as a collection of essays. The author?s story is a complex weaving of the ?American Dream? with the sacrifices and struggles her family must deal with. Talusan approaches themes of race, abuse, and illness with such perspective, compassion and intelligence....
  • Christopher Castellani
    Oct 23, 2018
    There is so much to admire in this brave and fierce and deeply intimate memoir, most notably the author's unsentimental and plainspoken approach to her material. There are no fireworks of language here, no false flourishes designed to obscure or somehow extract beauty from the events s...
  • Joyce Hager
    Nov 15, 2018
    This memoir captivated me with its honesty and beautiful, clear writing. The author bravely recounts her experiences with immigration, childhood trauma, racism, and cancer. I learned more about the Filipino culture and my admiration grew for the author?s courage in the face of advers...
  • Carolyn
    Apr 21, 2019
    This is one of those books that's very very hard to read, but impossible to put down. The way she's found the solid core of what happened makes the crazy-making stories she learned to tell herself that much more gutting. ...
  • Patrice
    May 20, 2019
    A complex and beautiful memoir that explores what it is to live in one?s individual body, but also what it is to be connected to a larger body such as a family unit, a community, a place of origin. Talusan deftly weaves together the story of self as experienced through the lens of im...
  • Todd Larson
    May 17, 2019
    This was one of my most powerful reading experiences. I wanted to cry for Grace and her husband after I put it down, for what they went through regarding sexual and physical abuse, racism, immigrant issues, the threat of cancer genes, and family rifts and reconciliations. Grace weaves ...
  • Beth Castrodale
    Jun 08, 2019
    In this unflinching, deeply felt memoir, Talusan breaks the silence around the challenges and traumas she's faced since she and her family migrated from the Philippines to the United States, when Talusan was 2. The book is both a moving, multi-faceted exploration of these trials and a ...
  • Martin
    Apr 07, 2019
    Really great book. Honest! ...
  • Emily
    May 13, 2019
    Loved the writing, disappointed in the editing. Several overly-detailed callbacks to stories that have already been explained in chapters of their own. Many reminders of who people are when as a reader I already felt I knew them personally. A few times I thought I had actually accident...
  • Bookaholic
    Apr 11, 2019
    "Immigration is a kind of death. You leave one life for another one with no guarantee of seeing your loved ones or home again." (p. 174) TRIGGER WARNING: This book recounts (severe) animal cruelty, plus sexual abuse (the latter you probably already know of--by reading the book...