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Manchester Book Club
Manchester Book Club

Mon, Jul 22


La Pêche Lingerie

Manchester Book Club

Join us for light refreshments and lively discussion!

Time & Location

Jul 22, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

La Pêche Lingerie, 4732 Main St, Manchester Center, VT 05255, USA


About the event

Join us Monday July 22rd for light refreshements and lively discussion of Tits Up by Sarah Thornton. Available at the Northshire Bookstore- mention you're part of the La Pêche Book Club for 20% off. Here's the write up:

An innovative investigation of the five strange worlds that worship women’s chests.

After years of biopsies, best-selling author Sarah Thornton made the difficult decision to have a double mastectomy. But, after her reconstructive surgery, she was perplexed: What had she lost? And gained? An experienced sleuth, she resolved to venture behind the scenes to uncover the social and cultural significance of breasts.

Riotous and galvanizing, Tits Up excavates the diverse truths of mammary glands from the strip club to the operating room, from the nation’s oldest human milk bank to the fit rooms of bra designers. Thornton draws insights from plastic surgeons, lactation consultants, body-positive witches, lingerie models, and “free the nipple” activists to explore the status of breasts as emblems of femininity. She examines how women’s chests have become a billion-dollar business, as well as a stage for debates about race, class, gender, and desire. Everywhere she turns, Thornton encounters chauvinist myths about this elemental body part that quietly justify deficits in women’s bodily autonomy and endorse shortfalls in their political status. Blending sociology, reportage, and personal narrative with refreshing optimism and wit, Thornton has one overriding ambition—to liberate breasts from centuries of patriarchal prejudice.

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