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About Erin Williams
She's the author and illustrator of Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame (Abrams, 2019). She is the coauthor and illustrator of The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People and The Big Activity Book for Anxious People, with Jordan Reid (Plume and Tarcher Perigee).
Her writing has also appeared on Salon, Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed. She's presented scientific research at ISPOR, ASCO, ASH, and other national oncology conferences. Her scientific research has been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
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An intimate, clever, and ultimately gut-wrenching graphic memoir about the daily decision women must make between being sexualized or being invisible
In Commute, we follow author and illustrator Erin Williams on her daily commute to and from work, punctuated by recollections of sexual encounters as well as memories of her battle with alcoholism, addiction, and recovery. As she moves through the world navigating banal, familiar, and sometimes uncomfortable interactions with the familiar-faced strangers she sees daily, Williams weaves together a riveting collection of flashbacks. Her recollections highlight the indefinable moments when lines are crossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid being objectified is to simply cease to draw any attention to her physical being. She delves into the gray space that lives between consent and assault and tenderly explores the complexity of the shame, guilt, vulnerability, and responsibility attached to both.