By Jill Bernstein
Updated May 03, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT
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In the Body of the World

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What Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions did for anxious new mothers, Ensler’s memoir, In the Body of the World, does for women who are fighting cancer or may fight it one day. Her breezy, moving tale about surviving advanced uterine cancer (and yes, the creator of The Vagina Monologues saw the irony) shoots straight about surgery, chemo, nausea, and fear — and how the disease forced her to deal with her own childhood abuse. Most powerfully, she describes her ongoing work with women in the Congo. Ensler also drops useful advice: Gather your girlfriends close. Buy watercolors. Look at trees. Never stop helping other women. A-

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