Wednesday, October 4, 2017


πŸ’ŠPublished October 2nd, 2017 by Squares and Rebels
πŸ’ŠISBN 9781941960
πŸ’ŠPaperback, 144 pages

With equal parts wit and empathy, lived experience and cultural criticism, Kelly Davio’s It’s Just Nerves: Notes on a Disability explores what it means to live with an illness in our contemporary culture, whether at home or abroad.


What did I discover while I read this book? An impressive collection of anecdotes regarding tidbits of Kelly’s life with Myasthenia Gravis. Hence, showing eminent sadness, fabulous humor, and finally the candid aspect of living with an autoimmune disease which is something I can relate to. Though mine (I have multiple) are not life threatening, most days it feels like it. Therefore, when I needed to read about another person with an autoimmune disease the most, this book fell into my lap. Enough about me. This book is an inspiration no matter who you are, whether you are ill or completely healthy. Unquestionably, her inner strength is boundless providing an unwillingness to give up on anything that is a mind-blow to this reader.

Of course, you could choose to speak plainly about the circumstances of sick life in the same way that others discuss frustrations with work, troubled marriages, or money problems. But here’s where disclosure gets sticky: talking about illness turns out not to be talking about those issues at all. Talk about a bad boss or a bad partner and that’s venting...But when you talk about a bad body, that’s complaining. That’s asking others to relate to something they don’t want any part of. That’s to become a grim image in a mirror held up to mortality.

Kelly's writing ability is ace yet due to keenness and wisdom, shared the likeliness of a reader plowing through the whole book in one sitting is probable. The stories are a hodgepodge therefore what subject will be next is a mystery. Finally, what are you waiting for, order yourself a copy at a link above πŸ‘† πŸ“™ or below πŸ‘‡there is a link to a giveaway for 3 copies of IT’S JUST NERVES (U.S. residents only age 18+)                 

Kelly Davio is the author of Burn This House (Red Hen Press, 2013) and the forthcoming The Book of the Unreal Woman. She is the founding editor of Tahoma Literary Review and the former Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Review. While in England, she served as the Senior Editor of Eyewear Publishing. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and others. She earned her MFA in poetry from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Today, she works as a medical editor in New Jersey.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for being on the blog tour for this one. I find these anecdotes very candid and cannot wait to chat with Kelly live this weekend.