The Empathy Exams (MP3 CD)

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The Empathy Exams (MP3 CD)

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I will probably re-read parts of The Empathy Exams for years. I want to give it to everyone, but especially my female friends, because I know that exhibiting anything "less than" Amazonian strength feels like a betrayal of Strong Female Character status. No one wants to be the wounded woman. But there's this dichotomy -- strong female characters are supposed to take on the pain of the world without becoming vulnerable to it. To be both the weeping Madonna and Katniss-freaking-Everdeen.

— - Frankie Brown, bookseller

From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another's pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain--real and imagined, her own and others'--Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory--from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration--in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.


Product Details ISBN: 9781501277023
ISBN-10: 1501277022
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Language: English