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Author: Chloe Cooper Jones  

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I was in a bar in Brooklyn listening to two men discuss whether or not my life was worth living. Roy was arguing that being born with a disability was a tragedy. I told him I was grateful for the experiences my body had led me through."You," he said with total certainty, "are just rationalizing the shitty hand you've been dealt."That sentence passed through me like a blade. He was right, but not for the reasons he thought he was right. My lifelong choice to shelter myself from the Roys of the world, made his beliefs, ultimately, true. Name the spaces where you feel you don't belong. In stadiums, in cities, on screen, on stage, on canvas, on dating apps, in fashion, in dance, in sport, in arenas, in front, in focus, in public.Then I asked myself, What would happen if you just entered those spaces without preconceptions, pre-emptive dismissals, embarrassment, or apologies? That question sent me a three-year experiment, a journey that took me around the world. It is answered in these pages. Easy Beauty is a luminous memoir about fate and ability, but it is also a close philosophical examination of what happens when we look and are looked at. By confronting her own experiences of sex, motherhood, beauty, sport and prejudice, Chloe challenges our complicity with otherness and invites us to find a new way of seeing.

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About the Author

Chloe Cooper Jones is a philosophy professor and journalist who was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. Her work has appeared in publications including GQ, The Verge, VICE, Bookforum, New York magazine, and The Believer , and has been selected for both The Best American Travel Writing and The Best American Sports Writing . She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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'What a gift . . . Easy Beauty has the rigor and precision of Joan Didion and Maggie Nelson and a forthright humor and naked truth all of its own' Sarah Ruhl, author of Smile I am in a bar in Brooklyn listening to two men, my friends, discuss whether or not my life was worth living. So begins Chloe Cooper Jones's bold account of moving through the world in a body that looks different than most. Born with a rare congenital condition called sacral agenesis, she must contend not only with her own physical pain, but the emotional discomfort of others.It is only when she unexpectedly becomes a mother that she confronts the demand to live life fully, propelling her on a journey across the globe, reclaiming the spaces she'd been denied, and denied herself.From Roman sculptures to a Beyonce concert, from a tennis tournament to the Cambodian Killing Fields, Jones interrogates the myths of beauty with spiky intelligence, aesthetic philosophy, love and humor, inviting us to find a new way of seeing.

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Product Details

Publisher
Little, Brown | Virago Press Ltd
Published
7th April 2022
Pages
288
ISBN
9780349013817

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15 Jun, 2022
Am incredible read. Melding disability..with a search for beauty and a raw honesty that makes you feel you know the author. A wide ranging narrative....loved it
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