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"I wanted to go to the park whenever and read one more book and not stress about the stuff left out on the counter. "
"I found that the things fractured by our separation and divorce began to heal."
"I was taught to be a good feminist and turn my nose up at porn. Then everything I thought I knew about resisting objectification was turned upside down."
"It has been habitual, since I left the enclave, my careful shuttering of myself."
"I stood outside MTV’s TRL with signs, covered *NSYNC for Teen People magazine, and met 98 Degrees when they signed CDs at a local mall."
"Was this why I could never shake that lonely gnawing in my belly when I was growing up? Was she the reason?"
"My mother’s guiding principle was that it was more important to look good than to feel good. ... When I was in high school, she sat me down and gently explained that I was no natural beauty."
"It would be the first of many diagnoses as we battled a tumor that was supposed to be 'the good kind.'"
"I’m simply a daughter who cares about her parents. And I’m a citizen looking around at our irrational health care system and feeling helpless, enraged and scared."