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Tongue First Adventures In Physical Culture

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Emily Jenkins isn't ashamed of her insecurities, but she isn't throwing away her preconceptions, either. Tongue First can be reassuring to anyone who has felt embarrassed about disrobing in public or wonders about being more adventurous, as Jenkins unleashes her wit on topics from sensory deprivation to tattoos to afternoon naps. All sorts of things get tasted in this book ...more
Published January 14th 1999 by Virago Press Ltd (first published 1998)
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Cathy Bryant
I loved this exploration of the physical. It reminded me a little of Isobel Losada's 'The Battersea Park Road to Enlightnement' and her other books, but is less twinkly and more gritty - Jenkins isn't afraid to try heroin or get a tattoo or become bald in her quest to assess our relationship with our bodies. Jenkins writes with candour and wit, and her experiences were fascinating.
I read this book back in high school and have often reflected on the author's experiences. Rereading the book over ten years later, after I have had my own experiences with some of her subject areas (rolfing, tattoos, yoga and contemplating baldness), was really cathartic and validating. This book is highly recommended for the adventurous.
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Celeste Thayer
This was not quite what I was expecting. I thought it would be a memoir, with standard plot structures. Instead, it was more like a collection of nonfiction essays, heavy on the author's well researched opinions.

I enjoyed the book, but some of the topics felt dated at only twelve years old - aerobics classes, for example, and some of the food fads she mentions.
I LOVE Emily Jenkins/E Lockhart/Emily Lockhart, but I could not get into this book. Read about half of it and skimmed the rest. Definitely interesting, though, to acquaint myself with the early, pre-YA writings of one of my favorite authors.
I read this early in college and I really liked it then. As I recall, the author was experiencing things that are on the fringes of mainstream culture. She provided an interesting perspective and well-written evaluation of her experiences.
I expected a little more from a book that was based entirely on trying things that are taboo. The title also, however memorable didn't seem to have anything to do with the content.
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