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Abandon me : memoirs

Author: Melissa Febos
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In her critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart, Melissa Febos laid bare the intimate world of the professional dominatrix, turning an honest examination of her life into a lyrical study of power, desire, and fulfillment. In her dazzling Abandon Me, Febos captures the intense bonds of love and the need for connection -- with family, lovers, and oneself. First, her birth father, who left her with only an inheritance  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Febos, Melissa.
Abandon me.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2017
(DLC) 2016025070
Named Person: Melissa Febos; Melissa Febos; Melissa Febos; Melissa Febos; Melissa Febos; Melissa Febos; Melissa Febos
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melissa Febos
ISBN: 9781632866578 1632866579
OCLC Number: 950901604
Description: 308 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The Book of Hours --
Leave Marks --
Call My Name --
Labyrinths --
All of Me --
Wunderkammer --
Girl at a Window --
Abandon Me.
Responsibility: Melissa Febos.

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"In her critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart, Melissa Febos laid bare the intimate world of the professional dominatrix, turning an honest examination of her life into a lyrical study of power, desire, and fulfillment. In her dazzling Abandon Me, Febos captures the intense bonds of love and the need for connection -- with family, lovers, and oneself. First, her birth father, who left her with only an inheritance of addiction and Native American blood, its meaning a mystery. As Febos tentatively reconnects, she sees how both these lineages manifest in her own life, marked by compulsion and an instinct for self-erasure. Meanwhile, she remains closely tied to the sea captain who raised her, his parenting ardent but intermittent as his work took him away for months at a time. Woven throughout is the hypnotic story of an all-consuming, long-distance love affair with a woman, marked equally by worship and withdrawal. In visceral, erotic prose, Febos captures their mutual abandonment to passion and obsession -- and the terror and exhilaration of losing herself in another. At once a fearlessly vulnerable memoir and an incisive investigation of art, love, and identity, Abandon Me draws on childhood stories, religion, psychology, mythology, popular culture, and the intimacies of one writer's life to reveal intellectual and emotional truths that feel startlingly universal."--

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