My Body Is a Book of Rules

A MEMOIR

My Body Is a Book of Rules: A MEMOIR

About the Book

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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Reviews

"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

A press release, author bios, images, and more lovely things are available for download.

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Readers' Guide

Questions and information are available for book groups and instructors.

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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

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Appearances

Readings, Classes, and Other Events

Mellow Pages Library

September 19: Brooklyn, NY

Start time and details TBA

56 Bogart St. 1S, Brooklyn, NY

Website: Mellow Pages Library

[words] Bookstore

September 23: Maplewood, NJ

7:30 p.m.

179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ

Website: [words]

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Gray Skies Reading Series

October 22: Olympia, WA

7:30 p.m.

Oly Rockfish Grill, 700 4th Ave E.

Facebook: Gray Skies Reading Series

Red Hen Press Reading

October 28: Boston Court, Pasadena

Start time and details TBA

70 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Websites: Boston Court, Red Hen Press

Contact Elissa with questions, comments, and invitations at elissaw@gmail.com or use this form.
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