Lessons in Taxidermy

Lessons in Taxidermy

Book - 2005
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"Bee Lavender is a fantastic writer. Her work is deep and personal, and I don't think there are any places she's scared to go." --Michelle Tea, author of The Chelsea Whistle

"Bee's scrupulous, non-histrionic style is thrilling; it allows for some devastating emotional moments because the author comes by them honestly." --Ayun Halliday, author of No Touch Monkey

Diagnosed with cancer at age twelve and perilously pregnant at eighteen, surviving surgeries and violent accidents: sometimes you can't believe Bee Lavender is still alive; sometimes you think nothing could kill her. Lessons in Taxidermy is Lavender's fierce and expressive search for truth and an elusive sense of safety. This autobiographical tale is stark and resolved, but strangely euphoric, tying together moments and memories into a frantic, delicate, and often transcendently funny account of anguish and confusion, pain and poverty, isolation and illusion. While staying conscious of the particulars of her circumstances, Lavender frames her life in the context of history, traveling, landscape, and freak show culture. Lessons in Taxidermy is apocryphal, troubling, cathartic, and important.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Punk Planet Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9781888451795
Characteristics: 160 p. ; 20 cm.


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