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Sitting pretty the view from my ordinary resilient disabled body

by Taussig, Rebekah,

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"From disability advocate with a PhD in disability studies and creative nonfiction, and creator of the Instagram account @ sitting pretty, an essay collection based on a lifetime of experiences in a paralyzed body, tackling themes of identity, accessibility, bodies, and representation"--
What's the problem?
An ordinary unimaginable love story
More than a defect
The real citizens of life
The price of your body
Feminist pool party
The complications of kindness
What I mean when I talk about "accessibility".

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Treatment for childhood cancer led to paralysis at age three, but that didn't stop Taussig. She adapted. Nonetheless, she grew up in a world that didn't see her or welcome her or represent her. It was and is a struggle. The average annual income of a disabled person, she notes, is $25,400, less than a nondisabled person's. She describes how a disabled person navigates things nondisabled people take in stride: dating, marriage, the workplace. But she also places the onus on the nondisabled world, asking us not to look at disability as a limitation: "What if a lack of imagination was the actual barrier?" Taussig maintains that it is "our affinity for familiarity that traps us." She is more than her disability. If the disabled are marginalized, she continues, it is because of society, and society "has the power to change that." The epilogue's annotated list of resources includes "very cool people" who also happen to be disabled, books, television shows, and Instagram hashtags. An invaluable, eye-opening look at disability from a firsthand perspective."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Taussig debuts with a pull-no-punches memoir about life in a wheelchair. She insists up front that she doesn't speak for everyone with a disability ("I would be doing us all a great disservice if I led you to believe that the conversation starts and ends with bodies and experiences that look just like mine") and provides a frank look into her life with "a body that doesn't work," one that she's lived in since surviving an aggressive cancer as a 14-month-old. She analyzes sex and disabilities; her marriage to her first husband, which came about only because she was afraid it would be her only chance (she eventually found love with her second husband); unintentional ableism; online dating; and what she sees as the disempowering message from Hollywood that characters with disabilities are "always longing for a 'whole' body through a fantasy sequence." Taussig's refreshing, matter-of-fact tone makes it clear that she's not asking anyone to feel sorry for her; rather, she's asking for just the opposite--to not be defined by her wheelchair. Her smart and witty observations about living with disabilities will be enlightening and eye-opening for readers. (Aug.)"
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Subjects Taussig, Rebekah
Paraplegics United States Biography
Women with disabilities United States Biography
Biography & Autobiography
Literary Criticism
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :HarperOne2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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ISBN 9780062936813
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