The Uses of the Body

“Landau’s killer wit evokes Dorothy Parker crossed with Sylvia Plath — leaping spark after spark, growing to deadly dark fire. “The Uses of the Body” is her best book, its acerbic tone (“The uses of the body, illusion”) interspersed with lines of grave and startling beauty.”

Los Angeles Times

“Like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, but for girls (and women): Deborah Landau’s vividly relatable third collection, The Uses of the Body(Copper Canyon), reminds us that coming of age lasts well beyond adolescence. ”


“A thrilling meditation on the passages of a woman’s life.”

O, The Oprah Magazine