Body Horror

Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes (April 2017)

“Sharp, shocking, and darkly funny, the essays in this sapient collection … expose the twisted logic at the core of Western capitalism and our stunted understanding of both its violence and the illnesses it breeds. … Brainy and historically informed, this collection is less a rallying cry or a bitter diatribe than a series of irreverent and ruthlessly accurate jabs at a culture that is slowly devouring us.” —Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017” —Chicago Reader

“10 New Books to Help You Survive the First Six Months of Trump” —Chicago Review of Books

“10 Must-Read Books for April” —Flavorwire

“Scary as fuck and liberating … Moore connects the dots that you did not even think were on the same page.” —Viva la Feminista

“[D]evastating in its unwillingness to flinch … Body Horror is an incredible, touching, intelligent collection that looks beyond what’s comfortable to examine what is true.” —Foreword (five-star review)

“Moore herself is hyper-aware, and her unflinching worldview had the effect on me of a knife cutting through the wool pulled over my eyes. … Each essay, though varying wildly, held me rapt with its at-times heartbreaking, at times serious, at (most) times hilarious excoriation of capitalism and the myriad ways in which it enacts ‘heinous acts’ upon the marginalized members of our society.” —Autostraddle

“Anne Elizabeth Moore’s writing is akin to an Olympic gymnast’s floor routine. It’s strong, precise, sometimes daring and awfully brave about tumbling from one place to another.” —Detroit Free Press

“Probing her own experiences with disease and health care, Anne Elizabeth Moore offers scalpel-sharp insight into the ways women’s bodies are subject to unspeakable horrors under capitalism.” —Chicago Tribune

Every day, heinous acts are perpetrated on women’s bodies in this political economy—whether for entertainment, in the guise of medicine, or due to the conditions of labor that propel consumerism. In Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes, award-winning journalist and Fulbright scholar Anne Elizabeth Moore explores the global toll of capitalism on women with thorough research and surprising humor. The essays range from probing journalistic investigations, such as Moore’s reporting on the labor conditions of the Cambodian garment industry, to the uncomfortably personal, as when Moore examines her experiences seeking care and community in the increasingly complicated (and problematic) American healthcare system. Featuring illustrations by Xander Marro, Body Horror is a fascinating and revealing portrait of the gore of contemporary American culture and politics.

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WYCE’s Catalyst Radio had Anne on to talk media, misogyny, and capitalism.

Anne was interviewed on The Matthew Fillipowicz Show.

Chicago Magazine ran a short interview with Anne on Body Horror.