15 Riveting Reads to Pick Up in May 2013
Stirring new fiction from Isabel Allende, a novel of life after a brother's suicide, a biography of Simón Bolivar and more.
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In the Body of the World: A Memoir
On initially ignoring symptoms of cancer: "Why didn't I fight for my body? Because in order to fight I would have had to face what was wrong....Because secretly I didn't think my fighting would make a difference...Because I was madly attached to life and I simply could not bear the depth of my attachment."
On what the experience taught her: "[Joy] grows from gratitude and cannot exist where there is mad cynicism or distrust. You will touch this joy and you will suddenly know it is what you were looking for your whole life, but you were afraid to even acknowledge the absence because the hunger for it was so encompassing."
—From Enler's new book, In the Body of the World: A Memoir (Metropolitan)