Easy Beauty

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Little, Brown Book Group Limited, Apr 7, 2022 - Abnormalities, Human - 288 pages
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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 SmileI 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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A thoughtful meditation, not only on disability, motherhood, and travel, as the flap says, but on the question of whether or not a person can avoid being identified by others at all. Read full review

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Jones, a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist for feature writing, takes aim at beauty standards in her dazzling debut. Born with a rare congenital condition that left her with a curved spine and “mismatched ... Read full review

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About the author (2022)

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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