In That Thing You Do With Your Mouth:The Sexual Autobiography of Samantha Matthews as told to David Shields, actress and voice-over artist Samantha Matthews offers, in the form of an extended monologue to David Shields, a vivid investigation of her startling sexual history. From her abuse at the hands of a family member to her present day life in Barcelona, Matthews reveals herself to be a darkly funny and contemporary woman with a keen awareness of how her body has been hijacked and the influence of her early trauma. Her story is a study of her uneasy relationships with female desire, her tormentors, and her lovers with whom she has sought out both the infliction and receipt of harm. This book is an attempt to break down barriers both sexual and emotional. For Matthews and Shields, the only response to the unspeakable is to speak, to do that thing you do with your mouth, as directly and honestly as possible. Their provocative performance refuses neat resolution or emotional pornography and will have readers raging, celebrating, and talking.
David Shields is the author of 11 other books, including Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, named one of the best books of 2010 and The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, a New York Times bestseller. His work has been translated into 15 languages.