Category: JMS

Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl

Why would a good person commit a terrible act?

Fifteen years ago, Jeannie’s relationship with a close friend ended in rape. With the rise of the #MeToo movement, recurring nightmares of the event that plagued her as a girl have returned. To process her conflicted feelings of betrayal and take back control, she resolves to face her trauma head-on by interviewing her rapist.

Through their transcribed conversations and discussions with her closest friends, Jeannie’s compelling memoir explores how the incident impacted both of their lives, while examining the culture and language surrounding sexual assault and rape. Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl is a necessary contribution to the wider conversation around sexual violence from a brave, new voice. 

***PRAISE FOR THINGS WE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT WHEN I WAS A GIRL***

A Time magazine ‘The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019’ 

A Bustle ‘The 20 Best New Books for Fall 2019’ 

Bustle ‘10 New #MeToo Movement Books to Read in Fall 2019′

An Esquire ‘Best Fall Books of 2019’: ‘Perhaps the most important book of the season.’

A Nylon ‘34 Books You’ll Want to Read This Fall’: ‘Thought-provoking, unmooring and haunting.’

A Domino  ‘Best Fall Books of 2019: ‘A compelling, nuanced look at trauma and survival.’

A NetGalley UK’s Top Ten Books for October

‘Brave and compelling… Vanasco muddles through the silt of her thoughts to create a language for something we don’t talk about.’ The Paris Review, staff pick

‘With deep self-consciousness, courage, and nuance, the author reveals the inner universe of her survivorship… An extraordinarily brave work of self- and cultural reflection.’ Kirkus Reviews, starred review

‘A powerful memoir… a painful reminder of the ugly ways some men treat women, and Vanasco’s nuanced story will resonate with those who’ve endured sexual inappropriateness in any form.’ Publishers Weekly

 ‘Vanasco has written exactly the book we need right now. I wish everyone would read it.’ Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me

‘A gorgeous, harrowing, heartbreaking book. Vanasco is whip-smart and tender, open and ruthless.’ Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties

My Father’s Glass Eye

My Father’s Glass Eye is Jeannie’s struggle to honour her father, her larger-than-life hero, but also the man who named her after his daughter from a previous marriage, a daughter who died. After his funeral, Jeannie spends the next decade in escalating mania, in and out of hospitals – increasingly obsessed with the other Jeanne.

Obsession turns to investigation as she plumbs her childhood awareness of her dead half-sibling and hunts for clues into the mysterious circumstances of her death. It becomes a puzzle she she must solve to better understand herself and her father.

Jeannie pulls us into her unravelling with such intimacy that her insanity becomes palpable, even logical. A brilliant exploration of the human psyche, My Father’s Glass Eye deepens our definitions of love, sanity, grief, and recovery.

The Friendship Cure

Our best friends, gal-pals, bromances, Twitter followers, Facebook friends, long- distance buddies and WhatsApp threads define us in ways we rarely acknowledge. There is so much about friendship we either don t know or don t articulate: why do some friendships last a lifetime, while others are only temporary? How do you break up with a toxic friend? And maybe the most important question: how can we live in the most interconnected age and still find ourselves stuck in the greatest loneliness epidemic of our time? It s killing us, making us miserable and causing a public health crisis. What if meaningful friendships are the solution, not a distraction 

In The Friendship Cure, Kate Leaver’s much anticipated manifesto brings to light what modern friendship means, how it can survive, why we need it and what we can do to get the most from it. From behavioural scientists to best mates, Kate finds extraordinary stories and research, drawing on her own experiences to create a fascinating blend of accessible smart thinking, investigative journalism, pop culture and memoir.