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The Pretty One

On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me
Narrated by: Keah Brown
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins

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Summary

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 lighthearted 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 aim to expand the conversation about disability and inspire self-love for people of all backgrounds.

©2019 Keah Brown (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Ivy
  • 27-09-19

She isn't pretty, she's BEAUTIFUL!

I heard an interview that Keah recently did on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and HAD to but her book. I have a 34 y/o Male cousin with Cerebral Palsy and wanted to hear her story. I always thought that I was "woke" when it came to relating and interacting with people who have various medical conditions, but Keah let me know that there's always more that we can learn. I loved her straight forward way where she laid her soul bare and let us into her world.
Keah is someone I'd love to meet and be friends with via social media. Following her would never be boring. She's bright, funny, painfully honest and tremendously insightful.
Thank you for teaching me and making me even more aware.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-20

Great window onto a life

I greatly enjoyed the essays and musings of Kia Brown. She is helping to move the needle on representation of people with disabilities in the media. I wish that we had more media from people like her in books, and on TV.