The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 6, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign, a thoughtful, inspiring, and charming collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America.

Keah Brown loves herself, but that hadn’t always been the case. Born with cerebral palsy, her greatest desire used to be normalcy and refuge from the steady stream of self-hate society strengthened inside her. But after years of introspection and reaching out to others in her community, she has reclaimed herself and changed her perspective.

In The Pretty One, Brown gives a contemporary and relatable voice to the disabled—so often portrayed as mute, weak, or isolated. With clear, fresh, and light-hearted prose, these essays explore everything from her relationship with her able-bodied identical twin (called “the pretty one” by friends) to navigating romance; her deep affinity for all things pop culture—and her disappointment with the media’s distorted view of disability; and her declaration of self-love with the viral hashtag #DisabledAndCute.

By “smashing stigmas, empowering her community, and celebrating herself” (Teen Vogue), Brown and The Pretty One aims to expand the conversation about disability and inspire self-love for people of all backgrounds.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
LOVE YOU MEAN IT
32
IS THIS THING ON?
51
A SOMETIMES UNREQUITED LOVE STORY
70
YOU CANT CUREME I PROMISE ITS FINE
90
FREEDOM OF A PONYTAIL
110
THE PRETTY ONE
127
AN ODE TO THE BOYS
147
THE HUMAN IPOD
168
CRY BABY CRY
185
TO SEE AND BE SEEN
203
ILIKE ME NOW TOO
222
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
241
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About the author (2019)

Keah Brown is a journalist, freelance writer, and activist. She has written about living with cerebral palsy in Teen Vogue, Essence, Catapult, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, and other publications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the State University of New York at Fredonia and she has a love for popular culture and cheesecake. She lives in New York with her family.

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