Body Geographic

Body Geographic

By Barrie Jean Borich

University of Nebraska Press, Paperback, 9780803239852, 248pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2013

Description

A memoir from the award-winning author of "My Lesbian Husband," Barrie Jean Borich's "Body Geographic" turns personal history into an inspired reflection on the points where place and person intersect, where running away meets running toward, and wheredislocation means finding oneself.

One coordinate of Borich's story is Chicago, the prototypical Great Lakes port city built by immigrants like her great-grandfather Big Petar, and the other is her own port of immigration, Minneapolis, the combined skylines of these two cities tattooed on Borich's own back. Between Chicago and Minneapolis Borich maps her own Midwest, a true heartland in which she measures the distance between the dreams and realities of her own life, her family's, and her fellow travelers in the endless American migration. Covering rough terrain from the hardships of her immigrant ancestors to the travails of her often-drunk young self, longing to be madly awake in the world, from the changing demographics of midwestern cities to the personal transformations of coming out and living as a lesbian "Body Geographic" is cartography of high literary order, plotting routes, real and imagined, and putting an alternate landscape on the map.



About the Author
Barrie Jean Borich is the winner of many literary awards and is the author of "Restoring the Color of Roses" (Firebrand Books), a memoir set in the Calumet region of Chicago where she grew up. Today she lives with her beloved, Linnea Stenson, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and teaches at Hamline University and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.


Praise For Body Geographic

"[Body Geographic is] a stunningly original memoir that explores a woman's connection to the real and imagined Midwestern landscapes that have defined her life."—Kirkus starred review

Body Geographic is as astonishingly original as it is profoundly humane. Barrie Jean Borich writes of the body, the psyche, the land, and real life with a reach so grand and a mastery so definitive it clutches the heart. This is a beautiful, bold, blow-your-mind book.”—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
-Cheryl Strayed

Body Geographic is dizzying in its inward sweep, daring in its outflung absorption. Barrie Jean Borich tunnels through time, space, sex, and language to give us a new map projection of the North American continent, a distortion that not only clarifies and illuminates but dissolves for good the boundary between personal and public history.”—Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
-Alison Bechdel

“Borich maps place and body, time and space, personal history and the history of the American Midwest, in prose that makes me want to follow her daring journey wherever it leads. A glorious new take on the memoir form.”—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire
-Dinty W. Moore