Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging


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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.43 X 8.35 X 0.94 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Anne Liu Kellor is a multiracial Chinese American writer, teacher, editor, and creativity coach. Her essays have appeared in publications such as Longreads, Witness, The New England Review, Entropy, Normal School, Vela Magazine, and Fourth Genre. Her work has received fellowships and awards from Hedgebrook, Seventh Wave, Jack Straw, 4Culture, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods. She lives in Seattle, where she facilitates private workshops for women and teaches writing for the Hugo House.


Heart Radical is a richly absorbing, deeply moving book about one woman's search for identity, enlightenment, and connection. It's also a tender travel memoir that takes the reader on an unforgettable and intimate journey with the author as she grapples with being a twentysomething American in China--the country from which her mother immigrated. I loved this book. It's vulnerable, searching, insightful, riveting and beautifully written."
--Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

"In Heart Radical, language becomes a rich metaphor for our own complicated and changing identities. 'To be radical, ' Anne Liu Kellor tells us, 'is to be rooted in your essential nature.' In this soulful memoir, Kellor looks to the many ways language is a means of communication, yes, but can also be a barrier to a full understanding of ourselves and of each other. In following Kellor's journey to China and back again, we find ourselves searching for what is most radical--most essential--in our own hearts."
--Brenda Miller, author of An Earlier Life

"A lovely, evocative book about travel and culture and love. And language and teaching and dancing. And intimacy. If you have never been to China and Tibet--or if you have been many times--you'll enjoy this fresh and honest perspective."
--Sharman Apt Russell, author of Hunger: An Unnatural History

"Traversing two countries across two decades, Heart Radical gets at the multiple meanings of the heart in word, in practice, in physical and emotional use and evolution. Vivid with sensory experiences, this book offers us the chance to travel not just with Kellor but also within our own interior landscapes to arrive at new and deeper ways of connecting to our hearts' most fervent and secret wishes."
--Khadijah Queen, author of I'm So Fine