Review: Body Geographic

PUBLISHED ON THE RUMPUS. In Body Geographic, Barrie Jean Borich charts the route by which she came to be located in middle age, in the Midwest, and in long-term love with Linnea, a spouse who occupies the middle space of gender. Through jazz, photography, travel, sex, and lineage—including several generations of coffee pots—Borich tells of her individual journey towards full, adult consciousness, towards certitude of self and place. But beyond the particulars of auto-cartography (the map dots, if one is to hew to this book’s central metaphor), Body Geographic asks the question, if “everything we love changes our location, and locations are always in some state of change,” then where, and consequently who, are we?

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