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Body, Remember
A Memoir
Kenny Fries
With a new preface

Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies

"Kenny Fries is an encyclopedia of otherness-gay, Jewish, disabled. Yet, as Body, Remember documents so fully, he is not the sum of these conditions."—David Bergman

In this poetic, introspective memoir, Kenny Fries illustrates his intersecting identities as gay, Jewish, and disabled. While learning about the history of his body through medical records and his physical scars, Fries discovers just how deeply the memories and psychic scars run. As he reflects on his relationships with his family, his compassionate doctor, the brother who resented his disability, and the men who taught him to love, he confronts the challenges of his life. Body, Remember is a story about connection, a redemptive and passionate testimony to one man's search for the sources of identity and difference.

"A remarkable memoir."—Out

"Refreshing in its lack of false inspirational tone. . . . To shape into coherence the raw material of almost unbearable life experience is always a form of victory. . . . I wanted to shout hallelujah."—San Francisco Bay Guardian

Kenny Fries lives in Northhampton, Massachusetts, and teaches in the MFA program at Goddard College. He is the editor of Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out.

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cover of the Fries book shows a child knee deep in water

September 2003

LC: 2003045825 PS
248 pp.  5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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ISBN 978-0-299-19054-5
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