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Ladyparts: A Memoir

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Ladyparts: A Memoir

A frank, witty and dazzlingly written memoir of one woman trying to keep it together while her body falls apart --- from the “brilliant mind” (Michaela Coel, creator of "I May Destroy You") behind SHUTTERBABE.

I’m crawling around on the bathroom floor, picking up pieces of myself. These pieces are not a metaphor. They are actual pieces.

Twenty years after her iconic memoir SHUTTERBABE, Deborah Copaken is at her darkly comedic nadir: battered, broke, divorcing, dissected and dying --- literally --- on sexism’s battlefield as she scoops up what she believes to be her internal organs into a glass container before heading off to the an UberPool.

LADYPARTS is her irreverent inventory of both the female body and the body politic of womanhood in America, the story of one woman brought to her knees by the 1-2-12 punch of divorce, solo motherhood, healthcare Frogger, unaffordable childcare, shady landlords, her father’s death, college tuitions, sexual harassment, corporate indifference, ageism, sexism and plain old bad luck. Plus seven serious illnesses, one atop the other, which provide the book’s narrative skeleton: vagina, uterus, breast, heart, cervix, brain and lungs. She bounces back from each bum body part, finds workarounds for every setback --- she transforms her home into a commune to pay rent; sells her soul for health insurance; turns FBI informant when her sexual harasser is nominated to the White House --- but in her slippery struggle to survive a steep plunge off the middle-class ladder, she is suddenly awoken to what it means to have no safety net.

Side-splittingly funny one minute, a freak horror show the next, quintessentially American, LADYPARTS is an era-defining memoir for our time.

Ladyparts: A Memoir
by Deborah Copaken

  • Publication Date: October 24, 2023
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 1984855492
  • ISBN-13: 9781984855497