Reading Group on The Two Kinds of Decay by Sarah Manguso

The Wake Forest University Humanities Institute’s Story, Health, & Healing Initiative Presents

Reading Group: The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir
by Sarah Mangusotwo kinds of decay

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Register here via Zoom:
https://wakeforest-university.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwpf-2orToqE9cTBIdt1kk6lV2el7BMjmDK

At twenty-one, just as she was starting to comprehend the puzzles of adulthood, Sarah Manguso was faced with another: a wildly unpredictable autoimmune disease that appeared suddenly and tore through her twenties, paralyzing her for weeks at a time, programming her first to expect nothing from life and then, furiously, to expect everything. In this captivating story, Manguso recalls her struggle: arduous blood cleansings, collapsed veins, multiple chest catheters, depression, the deaths of friends and strangers, addiction, and, worst of all for a writer, the trite metaphors that accompany prolonged illness. A book of tremendous grace, The Two Kinds of Decay transcends the very notion of what an illness story can and should be.

The Wake Forest University Humanities Institute’s Story, Health, & Healing Initiative will sponsor this one-night discussion of Manguso’s book on Wednesday, February 3rd. Participation is free and open to clinicians, faculty, students, and the public. Copies of the book will be provided in advance. Register at the link at right for instructions on how to receive your copy.

Questions? Contact Aimee Mepham,
Humanities Institute Associate Director, at mephamam@nullwfu.edu.