Bodies of Truth: Personal Narratives on Illness, Disability, and Medicine

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University of Nebraska Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.48 inches | 0.59 pounds

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About the Author

Dinty W. Moore is a professor and director of creative writing at Ohio University. He is the author of numerous books, including Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction. Erin Murphy is a professor of English and creative writing at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College. She is the author of seven collections of poetry and coeditor of Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers. Renée K. Nicholson is an assistant professor in the programs for multi- and interdisciplinary studies at West Virginia University.Jacek L. Mostwin is a professor of urology and the director of the Division of Neurological and Reconstructive Urology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he also serves as faculty affiliate of the Berman Institute of Bioethics.


"Those seeking a fuller picture of what it's like living with disease or disability, as well as educators looking for teachable essays for a medical humanities class or writing group, will find this work outstanding."--Aaron Klink, Library Journal--Aaron Klink "Library Journal"
"Bodies of Truth takes us to a world of miraculous drugs and drug addictions, of doctors who wonder how to shake hands with the prisoners they treat and nurses who come to confession because death has worked its way into their souls. Above all, it's truth: that our bodies, and the bodies of those we love and care for, so often take us to places we never knew existed, to find strengths we never knew we had. If illness and death are lonesome roads we must at some point travel, I can't think of a more fitting companion than this volume. The writers here come as strangers to us, but they bring us gifts--their stories--that connect us whether in pain or compassion."--Paul Shepherd, editor of Hospital Drive and author of More Like Not Running Away--Paul Shepherd "Library Journal" (3/3/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"I read Bodies of Truth almost in one sitting, so compelling are the stories. To read this many of them--different illnesses and disabilities, and from different perspectives--is strangely heartening. This is all of us, represented here, wounded in one way or another or looking after the wounded. If we can say how it is, and be listened to, surely the exposure will heal a lot of festering. I am glad to have this beautifully orchestrated, passionately written collection."--Fleda Brown, author of My Wobbly Bicycle: Meditations on Cancer and the Creative Life--Fleda Brown "Library Journal" (3/3/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"Bodies of Truth offers personal accounts of individuals caught up in the lived experience of illness. . . . They are not necessarily asking us to judge, to change the world, or even to react. They merely ask, as did Coleridge's ancient mariner, that we pause to hear the tale, setting aside for a moment the tasks at hand."--Jacek L. Mostwin, professor of urology and the director of the Division of Neurological and Reconstructive Urology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and faculty affiliate of the Berman Institute of Bioethics--Jacek L. Mostwin "Library Journal" (3/3/2018 12:00:00 AM)