Our pick for August
“Tender Points does precisely what people are always saying can’t be done—it combines a moving, distilled, literary journey with advocacy and even pedagogy, here about trauma, chronic pain, patriarchy, and more . . . This is firm, high-stakes speech speaking truth to power, radiating beauty and fierceness from its inspiring insistence and persistence.” — Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts
Amy Berkowitz’s brilliant book-length lyric essay is now available as an ebook! Named after the famously vague diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, a little-understood chronic pain condition that mostly affects women, the book describes Berkowitz’s experiences in short, episodic vignettes that are sometimes funny and sometimes heartbreaking. In straightforward, haunting and epigrammatic prose, Berkowitz makes the link between rape, trauma and women’s sick bodies clear and personal. While that might sound like a bummer, the book’s beauty makes it uplifting to read. We are incredibly proud to be selling it.
Amy Berkowitz is the co-organizer of Sick Fest and the host of the Amy’s Kitchen Organics reading series. She lives in a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco. More at amyberko.com.
Tender Points was published in print by Timeless, Infinite Light.