Body Horror

Best Book of 2017, Chicago Public Library

2017 Chicago Review of Books Nonfiction Award Shortlist

“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

“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)

“The metaphor that centers the collection … is captured in a comically macabre way by the book’s cover art, which combines freak-show graphics with a punk-zine sensibility. And it is that extra edge, that bizarro brio, that makes this collection resonate long after the political harangue has faded. … By audaciously linking her disparate Body Horrors to a larger construct — more complex even than her own immune system, more menacing than mere patriarchy — Moore allows her essays, each plenty feisty its own right, to punch significantly above their individual weight. Whether one is ready in real life to attribute everything from Crohn’s disease to Pacific Time to the machinations of the market, Moore’s arguments land with force enough to make even the marginally politicized reader think.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“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

“Her writing is clear and crisp and she has a sense of humor that’s so deeply embedded in her prose that often you don’t laugh at the punchline until it has come and gone. She excels at the long form of joke telling where the laughs don’t readily come but stick with you long after.” —Third Coast Review

“Difficult to put down.” —Portland Mercury

“[U]ses well-woven analytics, seamless humor, and eye-opening research to put on display the wonky edges and deep cracks of the contemporary capitalist system and its harsh toll on women.” —The Publishing Lab Review 

“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.

From Curbside Splendor.


Doug Henwood spoke to Anne for Left Business Observer.

Anne was on Lumpen Radio’s Eye 94.

Chicago Woman asked Anne a few questions for Soulful Sunday.

LitHub‘s Matt Sharpe spoke to Anne about horror movies, disease, and composting.

The Believer excerpted the essay “On Leaving the Birthplace of Standard Time.”

Anne visited Outside the Loop Radio at the World’s Greatest News! (WGN) to talk capitalism and lady-hate.

Largehearted Boy requested a Body Horror playlist.

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.