Body Geographic by Barrie Jean Borich
(American Lives)

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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 where dislocation 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 Barrie Jean Borich

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Barrie Jean Borich teaches creative writing in the English Department and the MA in Writing and Publishing program at Chicago’s DePaul University and splits her time between Minneapolis and Chicago.
 
Published March 1, 2013 by University of Nebraska Press. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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A stunningly original memoir that explores a woman's connection to the real and imagined Midwestern landscapes that have defined her life.

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From the first evocative, disturbing scene of receiving an unexpectedly painful lower-back tattoo of a “dual city skyline” of her childhood home Chicago and her adopted home Minneapolis, Borich (My Le

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From the first evocative, disturbing scene of receiving an unexpectedly painful lower-back tattoo of a “dual city skyline” of her childhood home Chicago and her adopted home Minneapolis, Borich (My Le

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Thanks to Borich’s unconventional approach, “Body Geographic” is both a thoughtful meditation on the world and a telling recount of the author’s journey through life.

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