Books about Bodies You Should Read

by Charlie Fabre

The body is such a vast place with so much exploration, here’s what we’ve been reading about it

Since our second issue is open for submissions and the theme is Bodies (which we’re so excited about) we wanted to share some books on that theme that either inspired us, or that we love! There’s a week left for submissions, and if you’re seeing this, think of these when you write your piece. And even if you’re not, read them anyway!

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

If you’ve read any Ishiguro before, you’ll know that his work often talks of the human experience, and the experience of the body. In this text, we follow Klara, an A.I. whose mission is to embody one child in particular.

Homebody by Rupi Kaur

A lovely poetry collection about feeling at home within yourself and learning to accept the physical things you cannot. Your body is your home, it’s time to treat it as such.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

One of our editor’s favorite books, this is a haunting about a woman turned vegetarian, and ultimately it is a discussion on the politics and control of a woman’s body in a sexual and physical regard.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Another Ishiguro book on this list (of course). If you haven’t read this, you must. This book encompasses the idea of bio-politics and begs the question where does humanity begin, and what is the soul? It’s really beautiful, and really heartbreaking – there’s nothing quite like it.

Boy Parts by Eliza Clark

A slightly strange pick for those who like unhinged women and slight gore. In this, Irina is a photographer who takes fetishised pictures of the male body, while utilising the fetishisation of her own to her advantage. It gets trippy, a little weird, but it’s excellent!

My Body by Emily Ratajkowski

This one has sparked a little controversy, but overall, model Emily Ratajkowski’s speaks up about the toxic behaviours of the modelling industry, and how these behaviors trickle down into the real world and cause all sorts of insecurities and body-image issues. This is a memoir with many hard and sad truths, but a necessary read, especially for young women.

The Mothers by Brit Bennet

A book about women’s bodies in many ways: the woman’s body in motherhood, how it changes and grows and adapts; and the reproductive rights and politics of women’s bodies and the issues still sadly faced today. This really is an eye-opening and wonderful read.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

We have a sci-fi/dystopia selection for you with the first installation of Atwood’s Maddadam series. Oryx and Crake depicts a dystopian future in which the search for eternal life and pharmaceutical companies have gone too far, resulting in strange mutated beings, and a new form of humans all together.

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Last on this list is this endearing story of two twin sisters whose bodies combust into flames when they are angry. We love this one because of the unique presentation of internal feelings as external, and the consequences of them.

Have you read any of these, and do you have any recommendations of you own? Good luck to all of those who have submitted already, we can’t wait to read your work!

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