Join us for this tour from June 24 to July 10, 2020!

Book Details:
Book Title:  Bound: A Daughter, a Domme, and an End-of-Life Story by Elizabeth Anne Wood
Category:  Adult non-fiction 18 yrs +,  296 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  She Writes Press.
Release date:   August 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. 

In addition to its primary focus on confronting terminal illness in the context of a complex mother-daughter relationship, this book addresses mature themes of sexuality (specifically BDSM), death, and illness. Conversations about sexuality are related, sex toys and body parts are mentioned by name, but there are no actual erotic sex scenes. There are healthcare scenes that describe procedures and bodily functions and fluids. There is a fair amount of poop in some scenes. The F-word appears once, on page 167, used in an expletive sense. The word “shit” appears twice, once as an expletive on p. 51 and once in reference to bodily waste and also metaphorically.

What happens when a forty-something, community college sociology professor learns that her mother―a charming, passive-aggressive, and a needy woman who hasn’t had a lover in decades―has started seeing men who want to be bound, whipped, and sexually dominated? What happens when that same mother, shortly after diving into her newly discovered sexuality develops cancer that forces her to accept radical changes to her body, and then another that forces her, and everyone around her, to confront her mortality? In Bound, Elizabeth Anne Wood addresses these questions as she chronicles the last eight months of her mother’s life―a period she comes to see, over the course of months, as a maternity leave in reverse: she is carrying her mother as she dies. Throughout their journey, Wood uses her notebook as a shield to keep unruly emotions at bay, often taking comfort in her role as advocate and forgetting to “be the daughter,” as one doctor reminds her to do. Meanwhile, her mother’s penchant for denial and her childlike tendency toward magical thinking lead to moments of humor even as Wood battles the red tape of hospital bureaucracies, the frustration of planning in the midst of an unpredictable illness, and the unintentional inhumanity of a health care system that too often fails to see the person behind the medical chart.

In honor of her mother’s birthday, Dr. Wood has arranged to the price of the e-book to $0.99 for the length of this tour (June 24, 2020, to July 10, 2020). ~ Barnes & Noble

Indiebound ~ Kew and Willow*

* Kew and Willow is Dr. Wood’s local indie bookstore. If you put a comment in the order form saying that you want a signed copy, they’ll call the author to come down and sign your book. They also do a lovely wrapping job.

The Power of Personal Stories in Movements for Social Change

When I released Bound in August of 2019, less than a year ago, I could not have anticipated that I’d be trying to promote it during a pandemic in the midst of the largest sustained protest movement in my memory. (I was born at the end of 1970. The height of anti-Vietnam war protest was in 1968 and they’d ended around the time I turned 2.)

At a time when the world is properly focused on global health crisis and we in the United States are seeing much-needed sustained attention paid to systematic racism, it might seem like a distraction to talk about stories like this one. But it’s not. More than ever we need to make room for the sharing of personal stories. Here’s why: 

  1. We can and must do the work of making the connections. In Bound I make pointed criticisms of the organization of health care in the United States. Those criticisms were not made in the context of Covid-19, but they are relevant. In addition, I point out in Bound places where structural racism benefited us as a white family and where, even with our whiteness and our financial and educational advantages, we were not able to prevail. It is essential that we critically examine our own stories and find connections to the stories of others because…
  2. Our personal stories are how we build empathy across movements, and we need people working across movements and across issues if we are going to change the world. Why does the death of a single individual spark our outrage in ways that dozens of news articles about large-scale patterns of state violence do not? Because when we focus on a person, we focus on their story. Stories move people much more than data does. 
  3. We can use our stories to create space for others to share theirs. Storytelling creates vulnerability. When we make ourselves vulnerable, we create openings into which others can others to step. My favorite way to talk about Bound is to use short bits of storytelling as invitations to encourage others to share. When I do this, I’m humbled and moved by the stories of others. 

As a white woman in my 50s with a secure income and a body that generally conforms to social expectations, I recognize the privileges that allow me to share my story more easily than others and I know how important it is to read and listen to those other stories. Whether or not you read Bound, I invite you to share own stories with me

Elizabeth Anne Wood is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. She is also Senior Strategist for Woodhull Freedom Foundation, the nation’s only human rights organization working full time to protect sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. She earned her Ph.D. at Brandeis University in 1999 and has written critically about sexuality and society ever since. Born on an Army base in Kentucky, Wood grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now divides her time between Queens, New York, and Jamaica Plain, Boston. She is a devoted fan of Amtrak and an avowed cat person.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

Tour Schedule:

June 24 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
June 25 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
June 25 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 26 – Books for Books – book review
June 29 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 29 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 30 –Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway
July 1 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review / guest post
July 1 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
July 2 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
July 5 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
July 7 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight / giveaway
July 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
July 10 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway