BAYA Book Review

Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy

Posted by

Jensen, Kelly (Ed.). Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy. Algonquin Young Readers, 2020. 256p. ISBN:978-1616209674. $16.95 AT *****

The book cover of Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy.
Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy, GoodReads.com

Kelly Jensen (host of the “Hey YA” podcast and editor of two previous YA anthologies on feminism and mental health) is out with a new anthology that dives into all things bodies. I’m typically wary of body-oriented books that tend to only promote the “love your body” ethos and center cis, able, white bodies. This book goes way beyond merely focusing on body size to offering a window into a diversity of bodies through the lived experience of its 37 contributors, including several popular young adult novelists, athletes, and activists. From living with a degenerative neurological condition to gender dysphoria to excessive facial hair, the collection addresses the realities of living in different kinds of bodies. Interspersed with the essays are short FAQ-like pages that provide accurate, and helpful information, breaking down terms like body positivity and disability terminology.

This book is a must-purchase for public and school libraries alike. Content is appropriate for most middle school students and older teens will get a more nuanced understanding from the collection. It’s an outstanding springboard for discussion and to promote greater appreciation and empathy for all bodies. Adults and teens alike can learn so much from this collection, as well as get inspired to dive into more work from its many talented contributors.

–Megan Keane, San Mateo County Libraries

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s