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Ladyparts

By: Deborah Copaken
Narrated by: Deborah Copaken
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Publisher's Summary

A frank, witty, and dazzlingly written memoir of one woman trying to keep it together while her body falls apart — from the “brilliant mind” (Michaela Coel, creator of I May Destroy You) behind Shutterbabe

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by Real Simple • “The most laugh-out-loud story of resilience you’ll ever read and an essential road map for the importance of narrative as a tool of healing.” (Lori Gottlieb, best-selling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone)

I’m crawling around on the bathroom floor, picking up pieces of myself. These pieces are not a metaphor. They are actual pieces.

Twenty years after her iconic memoir Shutterbabe, Deborah Copaken is at her darkly comedic nadir: battered, broke, divorcing, dissected, and dying — literally — on sexism’s battlefield as she scoops up what she believes to be her internal organs into a glass container before heading off to the hospital...in an UberPool.

Ladyparts is Copaken’s irreverent inventory of both the female body and the body politic of womanhood in America, the story of one woman brought to her knees by the one-two-twelve punch of divorce, solo motherhood, healthcare Frogger, unaffordable childcare, shady landlords, her father’s death, college tuitions, sexual harassment, corporate indifference, ageism, sexism, and plain old bad luck. Plus seven serious illnesses, one atop the other, which provide the book’s narrative skeleton: vagina, uterus, breast, heart, cervix, brain, and lungs. Copaken bounces back from each bum body part, finds workarounds for every setback — she transforms her home into a commune to pay rent, sells her soul for health insurance, turns FBI informant when her sexual harasser gets a presidential appointment — but in her slippery struggle to survive a steep plunge off the middle-class ladder, she is suddenly awoken to what it means to have no safety net.

Side-splittingly funny one minute, a freak horror show the next, quintessentially American throughout, Ladyparts is an era-defining memoir.

©2021 Deborah Copaken (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“The most laugh-out-loud story of resilience you’ll ever read and an essential road map for the importance of narrative as a tool of healing: How we tell our stories is just as important - if not more so - as the plot twists we experience.” (Lori Gottlieb, best-selling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone)

Ladyparts is, quite simply, a beautiful book. Equal part harrowing and hilarious, enraging and heartwarming, it’s a memoir unlike any other. It will open your eyes to what it means to be female in a male world, older in a society built around youth worship - or just on the wrong side of variance when the lottery of genes and life doesn’t turn in your favor. And it will do it all while making you laugh, cry, and scream in turn. I couldn’t put it down.” (Maria Konnikova, The New York Times best-selling author of The Biggest Bluff and The Confidence Game)

Ladyparts is a first-rate example of the contemporary memoir: harrowing, sad, funny, revelatory, true. Were you to misconstrue the title, you might think this was all simply anatomy, which would be fine, but as with all the best memoirs what this work really anatomizes is how it all feels - in the mind, in the soul, and in the nick of time. Copaken’s memoir is poignant, necessary, and very rewarding.” (Rick Moody, author of The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony)

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The book we need right now

Countless times in reading this book, my mind and my body lit up like the first time I heard Carl Sagan talk about how the universe was made, or the first times I met the mind-opening snark of women like Molly Ivins and Germaine Greer and the soulfulness of the real masters of this craft like Toni Morrison who can weave multiple, diverse threads into a coherent narrative.

I know I needed this book right now. It may very well have saved my life and my mind, since I’m scheduling a hysterectomy soon.

Women need this book right now.
Humanity needs this book right now.

This book is a treasure.

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I needed this book

This was exactly the story I needed - I am, in theory, a middle class woman. I don’t even have kids! And yet, the financial struggles, the health struggles, the fear of having everything yanked away? Deborah articulated all of it. She made me feel seen, and her performance of the book was incredible.

My first impulse after listening to all of it - during every break from work, while renovating the house I can barely afford, while walking the dog and feeding the cats - is to read everything she’s written and to figure out how she can be my friend.

Should she ever see this review, I want to just tell her, simply, thank you.

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A powerfully moving memoir

Deborah Copaken’s memoir Ladyparts is extraordinarily engaging and moving. Delving deeply into some of the most important issues of our era—women’s health care, #metoo, employment inequalities, and others—she courageously affirms women’s right to live joyfully and well. Her own narration of the book is wonderful. I laughed out loud many times and felt moved to tears. Highly recommended!

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One of my favorite books ever!

Absolutely riveting! I did not want this book to end. Part memoir, part commentary on American life, particularly if you are female. I couldn’t stop talking about this book to anyone who would listen!!

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Amazingly good

Trigger warnings: miscarriages & divorce. Graphic descriptions of medical problems.
By turns hysterically funny and tragic. She describes the vicisitudes of modern motherhood and working women. Very well written.

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A Wonderful Read

This was so well written, it was funny and full of insight. I have such respect for Deborah Copaken.

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EEEEE-Nough!

Always in a mess, always angry, a vague idea what you might have done to prevent it, but never followed up on, and always men, the government, healthcare to blame.

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Excellent story and excellent delivery!

Deborah is a born storyteller and I thoroughly enjoyed her sharing her skills and story in this book -- it was like sitting down with a very good friend and hearing what has been going on in their crazy, hectic life. I related to so much of what she has gone through as a woman, I was shouting along with her as she described her experiences and emotions, especially the frustration with "modern" healthcare and the health insurance dance. It was an extra special treat to hear her talk about meeting Nora Ephron, one of my all-time favorites, and what it was like to be close friends with her. I was sad when I reached the end, and look forward to any future work she releases.

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Wow. Incredible story, writing and performance.

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read/listened to. It’s real and raw and very well written. I also really enjoyed the author reading it aloud. It was hilarious, informative, heartbreaking and entertaining. I loved how long it was because I didn’t want it to end. I plan on buying more of her books. I recommend this book to everyone.

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Highly recommend!

Such a fabulous memoir; it’ll make you laugh, cry. It is a wake up call to so many topics, especially women’s health, sexual harassment in the workplace, going through divorce, and the financial woes of single parenthood and our fractured healthcare system. What a treat to have the author narrate it, as well!

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Wow, this is an amazing story, a real story full of tears and joy and hurt and happiness; but most of all this tells of hope in our unjust world where sometimes no matter what miracles we work life consists of just the worst. I learnt about the crazy American health system first hand via these amazing words … OMG we are beyond lucky with our NHS (listen to this if you every feel grumpy about wait times this puts everything into perspective); I learnt about the power that lies in every woman’s body no matter the trials it must endure. Highly recommend but be prepared to weep and laugh and learn. To Deborah, thank you for sharing your story, it is a treasure. Well told.

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I listened to this book 3 times!

How dare America call itself a 1st world country when it treats its citizens this way.