It’s been months since I added this book to my TBR, but I’m finally reading it now. I’m only one chapter in and I can already see why it’s gotten the praise I saw it receive.
Osbourne-Crawley’s writing is simple yet gripping, quietly demanding as it leads its reader — and this is going to sound very cliche, but is very true — away from the darkness of shame and into the light, of having voices heard and the feeling of being set free.
“It’s striking to me that [Brené Brown] wrote this sentence in her audiobook Men, Women and Worthiness, long before the current iteration of the movement against sexual harassment was born: ‘Want to know the two most powerful words when we are in struggle? Me too.’
I’m going to be reading the rest of this book slowly so I can take everything in while still exercising care for myself since it deals with trauma, shame and pain (content warning for sexual assault and rape), which, as you know, is very intense, heavy and difficult. I will try to have something else lighter on the side to balance it out.
(ID: Rae’s copy of Lucia Osborne-Crowley’s My Body Keeps Your Secrets: Dispatches on Shame and Reclamation is held open at the title page and at an angle on wood flooring. It is slanted an angle and takes up a good amount of the space on the left side of the image.)