BCB Golem Girl

BCB

$20.00
The vividly told, gloriously illustrated memoir of an artist born with disabilities who searches for freedom and connection in a society afraid of strange bodies

What do we sacrifice in the pursuit of normalcy? And what becomes possible when we embrace monstrosity?

In 1958, Riva is one of the first children born with spina bifida to survive. Her parents and doctors are determined to “fix” her, sending the message over and over again that she is broken. Everything changes when, as an adult, Riva is invited to join a group of artists, writers, and performers who are building Disability Culture. Their work is daring, edgy, funny, and dark; it rejects tropes that define disabled people as pathetic, frightening, or worthless. Emboldened, Riva asks if she can paint their portraits—an intimate and collaborative process that will transform the way she sees herself, others, and the world. With each portrait, and each person’s story, the myths she’s been told her whole life—about her body, her sexuality, and the value of normalcy—begin to crumble.

Golem Girl is an extraordinary story of survival and creativity. With the author’s magnificent portraits featured throughout, this memoir invites us to stretch ourselves toward a world where bodies flow between all possible forms of what it is to be human.