Easy Beauty by Chloe Cooper Jones

£16.99

Bookseller Review by Elle:

A memoir that reads like fiction: both because of its carefully constructed and vivid prose, but also because the truths revealed by Cooper Jones are so painfully honest. Her life experiences and encounters as a visibly disabled woman are so truly shocking, that you think (and hope) that they cannot possibly be real. Covering motherhood, body image, disability politics, and what it is to exist and experience the world as a disabled person – an unflinchingly candid and touching memoir that I’d recommend to anyone. 

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Description

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.