Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System Rate your pain on a scale of one to ten What about on a scale of spicy to citrus Is it like a lava lamp or a mosaic Pain though a universal element of human experience is dimly understood and someti

  • Title: Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System
  • Author: Sonya Huber
  • ISBN: 9780803299917
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rate your pain on a scale of one to ten What about on a scale of spicy to citrus Is it like a lava lamp or a mosaic Pain, though a universal element of human experience, is dimly understood and sometimes barely managed Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System is a collection of literary and experimental essays about living with chronic paRate your pain on a scale of one to ten What about on a scale of spicy to citrus Is it like a lava lamp or a mosaic Pain, though a universal element of human experience, is dimly understood and sometimes barely managed Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System is a collection of literary and experimental essays about living with chronic pain Sonya Huber moves away from a linear narrative to step through the doorway into pain itself, into that strange, unbounded reality Although the essays are personal in nature, this collection is not a record of the author s specific condition but an exploration that transcends pain s airless and constraining world and focuses on its edges from wild and widely ranging angles Huber addresses the nature and experience of invisible disability, including the challenges of gender bias in our health care system, the search for effective treatment options, and the difficulty of articulating chronic pain She makes pain a lens of inquiry and lyricism, finds its humor and complexity, describes its irascible character, and explores its temperature, taste, and even its beauty.

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    1. This is one of those books whose title immediately grabed me - I mean, it is just super brilliant. And lenghty parts of this collection of essays are brilliant as well. Sonya Huber writes about her struggle with chronic pain; she has an auto-immune disease that changed everything about her life. As somebody who also struggles with pain on a regular basis I could relate so much to the way she talks about her pain. She is impressively eloquent and has a brilliant way with metaphors. The parts wher [...]

    2. 3.5 starsI knew from the opening lines of the first essay, Pain Bows in Greeting, that I would like this collection.Pain wants you to put in earplugs because sounds are grating. Pain has something urgent to tell you but forgets over and over again what it was.Pain tells you to put your laptop in the refrigerator.Pain runs into walls at forty-five-degree angels and ricochets back into the center of the room.The essays range widely from the near poetry of the above to magazine-type explorations of [...]

    3. A very insightful collection of essays about the experience of living with chronic pain. Huber uses a lot of different essay forms to discuss parenting with pain, how to describe pain (and the inability of a scale to convey “pain” to her medical team), what it is like to be a patient with chronic pain and not have access to a coordinated care team, negotiating a partnership (both emotional and physical) with a lover, and how her writing changes depending on her pain level. Most of the pieces [...]

    4. I initially decided to pick this one up because I read a great review on Bitch Media by Gila Lyons (bitchmedia/article/pain-w) & I was instantly captivated by the cover - I loved the bright colours & how the triangles made a pattern on the page.I'm not sure what exactly I expecting going into this book as I knew basically nothing about chronic pain, but I absolutely loved reading this & probably took a bit longer than usual to finish it because I didn't want it to be over. This isn't [...]

    5. This is a book of essays written by someone who has chronic pain. It was fascinating to read someone else's descriptions of something that is fairly indescribable. There was much that I could identify with and that I found fascinating and to compare my own experiences to someone with an ability to thoughtfully put it into words and convey something ineffable was an interesting experience. If you suffer from CP it's insightful and if you don't it might give you a glimpse into something that you w [...]

    6. I really, really LOVED some of the essays in this book. At her best, Huber is eloquent, insightful, wise, surprising, and just flat-out entertaining. As I read several of these essays, I imagined discussing them with clever, curious friends whose opinions I always want to hear. At some point I googled Huber and learned that she had a master's degree in public interest journalism. It's obvious that her sensibilities are shaped by training in reporting; she does it extremely well. However, she's c [...]

    7. This set of fresh, sharp-edged essays is about living with the chronic pain of Huber’s rheumatoid disease, a life-altering condition that is for the most part invisible to others. She describes pain in ways that are lyrical and utterly original: “Pain folds the minutes into fascinating origami constructions with its long fingers.” And, “Pain is a windshield with nerves, and I have to scrape it raw to see beyond myself.” Huber cogently discusses the politics of pain, the way the medical [...]

    8. I bought this book after hearing Sonya Huber interviewed on the "Pain Reframed" podcast with Jeff Moore and Tim Flynn. As a healthcare provider, it's powerful to hear patient stories. These essays are witty, eloquent, and funny! Many of her experiences echo stories I've heard from my patients, when it comes to the difficulty describing pain (pain scale, ugh), how it impacts all aspects of your life, and dealing with "fix-it-itis" from others. I truly appreciate this book, and will certainly be r [...]

    9. This book is a collection of essays of living with chronic pain. These essays are personal in nature. The challenges of gender bias in our health care system. The search for effective treatment options. This is an interesting book. Anyone who has chronic pain issues this book is for you to read!!!!

    10. Pain is a very dodgy thing to pin down, but Sonya Huber manages this Herculean task because of her sheer writing skill. She's an artist with words. If you or a loved one suffers with chronic pain, this is a very smart book to keep at the ready.

    11. I discovered Sonya Huber when she initiated plans for the virtual Disability March in January. When I found an advanced reader copy of her book of essays called Pain Woman Takes Your Keys on Netgalley, I didn't hesitate. I sent a request to receive one. That was one of the best decisions I've made in a while.Sonya's work is on a whole other playing field. Her writing is visceral, yet tender. She says early on that she hopes that the book isn't depressing since she had so much fun writing it. I f [...]

    12. Maybe 3.5? This was a decent read, with some really strong chapters and insights that help bump it up despite other areas being weaker and/or repetitive. Some of my favorites were the sort of lists toward the end, the chapters on the pain scale, breaking down hours, and the slew of chronic pain minutia. Those captured a lot of feelings really well and resonated best, while other parts just didn't click. Overall, it was nice to read about chronic pain/illness from someone who actually lives it, r [...]

    13. I always love Sonya Huber's writing--poetic, witty, sardonic, wise. With this book, she's your Virgil as she takes takes you into the nine (or more) circles of chronic pain. As the back cover copy advises, this is not simply a personal memoir of pain, but an exploration of pain as a medical experience, as a feminist issue, as a family member, as a poem, as a political act. It should be read by patients, doctors, and.everyone else.

    14. Sonya's writing is smart and funny and sensitive and wake-you-up electric. Whether or not you live with chronic pain or know someone who does, this should be required reading for every human.

    15. Stunning. Fabulous. Eloquent. Truthful. This is a tour de force describing what it's like to live with constant pain. For those who live with it, I can't recommend it strongly enough. It acknowledges the emotions that come with coping, day after day after day. I recognized and deeply related to the weird emotional convolutions that we go through to make sense of something that ultimately doesn't make sense. This is book of emotion, not self-helpI don't know how this will read to those who don't [...]

    16. I am in tears after reading this book. Twenty years after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I FINALLY don't feel alone! I FINALLY feel like someone understands. Thank you Sonya Huber for putting into words the frightening isolation of pain, exhaustion and shame I've been in for 20 years.

    17. Sonya Huber examines the topic of chronic pain from so many angles, and with such care, introspection, humor, and forthrightness, it makes me question everything I thought I knew about the subject, even as someone who also experiences (a lesser degree) of on-going pain. Great reading for the essay-lover, the curious, the compassionate, even the clueless!

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