PODCAST

Episode 241: Emily Ratajkowski

BY MEGAN LABRISE • November 9, 2021

Emily Ratajkowski gets real in a powerful debut essay collection.

On this episode, model/actor/activist/entrepreneur/author Emily Ratajkowski discusses My Body (Metropolitan/Henry Holt, Nov. 9), an invigorating essay collection that thoughtfully explores embodiment, identity,fame, beauty, and sexuality.

From Kirkus’ review of My Body: “Ratajkowski attempts to break down the construction of her identity and sexuality in relation to the ever present male gaze as well as her relationships with the women in her life. The charm of this book lies in the author’s largely relatable writing, which shows the complex emotions and confusion of a young woman experiencing her sexual development and maturation into a capable adult. Admitting that the ‘purpose of the book is not to arrive at answers, but honestly to explore ideas I can’t help but return to,’ Ratajkowski grapples directly with a host of thorny issues. A refreshingly candid, fearless look into a model’s body of work and its impact on her identity and politics.”

Ratajkowski and host Megan Labrise discuss some ofthe aspects of womanhood and embodiment she sought to explore in these essays; what they love about the form; Ratajkowski’s essay on visiting the Korean spa in Los Angeles; the ever-shifting tectonic plates of personal politics; working with a fact checker; why no author photo graces the book’s cover; the role Stephanie Danler played in bringing the book to life;and much more.

Then editors Laura Simeon, Summer Edward, and Laurie Muchnick offer their top picks in books for the week.

 

Editorspicks:

Words To Make a Friend by Donna Jo Napoli, illus. by Naoko Stoop (Random House Studio)

Himawari House by Harmony Becker (First Second)

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins (Riverhead)

 

Also mentioned on this episode:

Yoko’s Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells (Hyperion)

“An Award-Winning Artist Debuts Her Graphic Novel” by Laura Simeon

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown (Henry Holt)

 

Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.

 

 

Our Take On This Week's Bestsellers

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    SKIP IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

Advertisement

The Magazine: Kirkus Reviews

We continue our coverage of 2021's best books with our favorite children's and YA titles of the year plus our regular Dec. 1 issue. 

subscribe
  • The Kirkus Star

    One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit.

  • The Kirkus Prize

    The Kirkus Prize is among the richest literary awards in America, awarding $50,000 in three categories annually.

    See the 2020 winners.

Great Books & News Curated For You

Be the first to read books news and see reviews, news and features in Kirkus Reviews. Get awesome content delivered to your inbox every week.

Thank you!