A History of Scars: A Memoir

A History of Scars: A Memoir

From a writer whose work has been called “breathtaking and dazzling” by Roxane Gay, this moving, illuminating, and multifaceted memoir explores, in a series of essays, the emotional scars we carry when dealing with mental and physical illnesses—reminiscent of The Collected Schizophrenias and An Unquiet Mind.

In this stunning debut, Laura Lee weaves unforgettable and eye-opening essays on a variety of taboo topics.

In “History of Scars” and “Aluminum’s Erosions,” Laura dives head-first into heavier themes revolving around intimacy, sexuality, trauma, mental illness, and the passage of time. In “Poetry of the World,” Laura shifts and addresses the grief she feels by being geographically distant from her mother whom, after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, is relocated to a nursing home in Korea.

Through the vivid imagery of mountain climbing, cooking, studying writing, and growing up Korean American, Lee explores the legacy of trauma on a young queer child of immigrants as she reconciles the disparate pieces of existence that make her whole.

By tapping into her own personal, emotional, and psychological struggles in these powerful and relatable essays, Lee encourages all of us to not be afraid to face our own hardships and inner truths.

Title:A History of Scars: A Memoir
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982127282
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  • Roxane

    Laura Lee’s A History of Scars is an astonishingly elegant memoir in essays. In each part of this whole, Lee takes the reader on an intriguing journey, one where she begins a story in one place and ...

  • jenny?

    To speak requires trust—that someone will listen. There is a cathartic, confessional quality to Lee’s writing. These are essays that, unadorned, resist the narrativizing of queerness and race, ...

  • BookOfCinz

    I'm too sensitive for this world. And yet I'm here. In A History of Scars Laura Lee details her relationship with her mother who suffered from Alzheimer's, her sisters who she had a less than stell...

  • Crystal

    Lee describes one of the cruelest aspects of schizophrenia in a way that shook me and had me saying, there's a name for it:Alogia, for example: a lack or poverty of speech, one of the so-called negati...

  • Simone

    I really wanted to enjoy this more than I did. I found different parts really interesting and moving but together it felt a bit jumbled, like too much was going on and it was hard to keep up with. Sti...

  • Hannah

    I don't really know what to say for this review. Lee does an excellent job of making her unique experience so universal. It was an enjoyable read....

  • Charlotte

    What a stunning, heartbreaking work! Laura Lee's writing holds the tension between opposite experiences: unspeakable pain and uncontainable joy, intimacy and disconnection. Lee's storytelling includes...

  • ? ? Tima ? ? ?

    "How does one capture a fair picture of a person, if the pieces don't add up to what we expect?"This book is complicated. It's reflective. Deeply personal. Ambiguous. Frustratingly vague. Misses the...

  • Elizabeth ?

    “But life is never that linear. A climb that straightforward would be uninteresting - a climb’s unexpected detours and features are what make it worthwhile.”Lee’s memoir is a collection of ess...

  • Shana

    *Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review*Upon learning that Laura Lee was a protege of Roxane Gay, I knew I absolutely had to read this. She did not let me down; this was a d...