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The Family Tooth: A Memoir By Ellis Avery,

  • Title: The Family Tooth: A Memoir
  • Author: Ellis Avery
  • ISBN: 9780996585309
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • At the beginning of 2013, hard on the heels of her mother s death and a cancer diagnosis, Ellis Avery was stuck in a mobility scooter, crippled by an autoimmune condition called Reiter s Syndrome THE FAMILY TOOTH is a cancer story sandwiched inside a grief and food memoir, but than that, it s a story of hope and, ultimately, triumph it tells the story of the medicalAt the beginning of 2013, hard on the heels of her mother s death and a cancer diagnosis, Ellis Avery was stuck in a mobility scooter, crippled by an autoimmune condition called Reiter s Syndrome THE FAMILY TOOTH is a cancer story sandwiched inside a grief and food memoir, but than that, it s a story of hope and, ultimately, triumph it tells the story of the medical and psychological sleuthing that enabled her to walk again by the end of the year.The thread that pulls this whole book together is food, both in terms of the dietary changes that helped Avery out of the scooter and onto her feet and in the way that she comes to recognize her mother s appetite in her own She begins the book unsypmathetic to her mother s alcoholism, and, through learning both that she can control her pain through diet and that not eating what she wants day after day, eleven hundred meals a year might be the hardest thing she s ever done, she discovers a deeper compassion for her mother than she d previously imagined.Along the way, this memoir shows a queer marriage of thirteen years weathering the stresses of grief and illness with as much grace as possible, rising to the occasion of mortal fear with a wedding at City Hall.
    The Family Tooth A Memoir At the beginning of hard on the heels of her mother s death and a cancer diagnosis Ellis Avery was stuck in a mobility scooter crippled by an autoimmune condition called Reiter s Syndrome THE

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    1. If you are reading my words here, please stop what you re doing and go read this book I am a huge, abiding Ellis Avery fan, but I didn t know how much so until I read this book I purchased some of these essays separately as singles and was struck by their honesty, the beauty of their structure, Avery s sly and piquant humor But taken all together, as a collection, I honestly think these essays are life changing So often, in our world, we feel compelled to put on a brave face, shunted aside when [...]

    2. At the end of the book, Avery writes that all of her researching energy which previously went into researching her novels was poured into research into her health and functionally saving her life Blessings on David Mitchell for giving her the advice to write a book of essays, rather than trying to engage in a novel, because this book is as rich in the description that she brings to her novels, but there is also a certain immediacy and urgency to the topic It is a memoir about her relationship wi [...]

    3. Ellis Avery, in this memoir of her mother s death, her own dx with uterine cancer and her struggle with disabling arthritis, comes to us a clear eyed and tender truth teller It is hard, reading, not to feel pangs of pity for a young woman stricken in these severe ways, yet Avery would not have us linger where adversity wins Ever curious, she pushes past her own struggle to show us generosity and benevolence In a life circumscribed by illness, there is also a life that flourishes with happiness T [...]

    4. This is a searing and beautiful book The honesty and detailed awareness of the author s physical and emotional states make this one of those books that you need to read like you need to breathe Anyone who has experienced chronic pain, or any pain, and taken the journey of negotiating with that pain and its accompanying world will be grateful for this story Highly recommended.

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