ELISSA'S BOOKS:

My Body Is a Book of Rules (2014) & Starvation Mode (2015)

ELISSA'S BOOKS: My Body Is a Book of Rules (2014) & Starvation Mode

My Body Is a Book of Rules

In My Body Is a Book of Rules, Elissa Washuta corrals the synaptic gymnastics of her teeming bipolar brain, interweaving pop culture with neurobiology and memories of sexual trauma to tell the story of her fight to calm her aching mind and slip beyond the tormenting cycles of memory.

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Starvation Mode

In Starvation Mode: A Memoir of Food, Consumption, and Control, Elissa Washuta crafts a personal accounting of her struggle for culinary control, and presents the guidelines she followed as she attempted to shape her body and mind through the food she consumed.

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Purchase

My Body Is a Book of Rules is available for purchase from your favorite bookstore, and Starvation Mode is available as an eBook.

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Reviews

My Body Is a Book of Rules is "A fever dream of darkly personal memories and musings from the shadowy corners of sexual violence and mental illness." -Kirkus Reviews

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Press Kit

Press releases, an author bio, images, and more information are available for download.

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Excerpt

An excerpt of My Body Is a Book of Rules is available for preview.

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ABOUT ELISSA WASHUTA

ABOUT ELISSA WASHUTA

Essays & Interviews

Essays & Interviews

Stab Wounds:

Killing My Gallbladder, Wounding My Brain
How long would symptoms persist? Well—how long did I expect to be gallbladderless? Read at Paleo for Women.

The wrongheaded obsession with “vanishing” indigenous peoples

Photographer Jimmy Nelson is just the latest artist to act like indigenous groups are about to die out. Read at Salon.

I regret my “Naughty Native” Halloween costume

As a Native American woman, I thought my stereotypical costume was subversive. Now I know I was wrong. Read at Salon.

Bred to Binge

"I worry that when I rack up enough diagnoses, the insurance company will take me out back and shoot me." Read in As/Us: A Space for Women of the World.

How Much Indian Was I?, My Fellow Students Asked

"White boys don't care if you're legitimately Indian if they think you robbed them of $100,000..." Read in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

All essays, articles, and interviews

For a complete list, click here.                                               

Appearances

Readings, Classes, and Other Events

Starvation Mode Release Party

July 1: Hugo House

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

1634 11th Ave., Seattle

Event listing: Hugo House

Chuckanut Writers Conference

June 26 & 27

Bellingham, WA

Whatcom Community College

Website: Chuckanut Writers Conference

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Summer Evening Park Lit

July 11: Portland, OR

IAIA Summer Writers Festival

July 28: Santa Fe

6:00 p.m.

IAIA Auditorium

Festival Schedule

Contact Elissa

Contact Elissa with questions, comments, and invitations at elissaw@gmail.com.
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