Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body
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About the Author
REBEKAH TAUSSIG, PH.D. is a Kansas City writer and teacher with her doctorate in Creative Nonfiction and Disability Studies. She has led workshops and presentations at the University of Michigan, University of Kansas, and Davidson College on disability representation, identity, and community. She also runs the Instagram platform @sitting_pretty where she crafts "mini-memoirs" to contribute nuance to the collective narratives being told about disability in our culture. She lives with two cranky orange cats and one angsty-tender human.
Sitting Pretty is the book I needed years ago as I grappled with my sense of self and my identity as a disabled woman. I put it down while reading only long enough to collect myself each time waves of emotion crashed over me. Rebekah's spunky, self-aware wit, combined with education that never feels didactic, make this book a worthwhile and rewarding read.--Emily Ladau, writer, speaker, and disability rights activist
A groundbreaking and candid memoir--Shelf Awareness
"Taussig's narrative style is highly conversational, making it feel like one is chatting with a lifelong friend. Her ability to bring levity to a topic some may find taboo is certain to help spread her message of acceptance and love."
--Library Journal (starred review)
"An invaluable, eye-opening look at disability from a firsthand perspective."--Booklist
"Her smart and witty observations about living with disabilities will be enlightening and eye-opening for readers."--Publishers Weekly
"Reflecting on her journey toward disability advocacy, Rebekah Taussig's memoir in essays will make you rethink everything you've previously believed about disabled people and their lives. Reflecting on Taussig's personal experiences, and on disability representation more broadly, Sitting Pretty is a rare book from a powerful, new voice."--Bustle
Rebekah writes in a way that is somehow both world-shakingly profound and beautifully intimate. Her voice is unforgettable in its power to make you feel, question, learn, and grow. There aren't words for how much the world needs this book.--Megan Jayne Crabbe, bestselling author of Body Positive Power
A compelling personal book whose confidential voice leads the reader into the author's vividly lived world of disability. Smart and funny, [Sitting Pretty] does double duty revealing not only the intimate life of a disabled woman but the flaws of the world around her that seeks to repress and contain her. --Lennard J. Davis, Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Enforcing Normalcy and My Sense of Silence: Memoirs of a Childhood with Deafness
"A disability advocate debuts with a collection offering potent rejoinders to ableism.....A fierce and fabulous revision to entrenched ableist scripts."--Kirkus Reviews [Starred Review]