Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride

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New Village Press
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5.4 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author
Nadina LaSpina is a prominent activist in the disability rights movement and has been arrested countless times for civil disobedience. You can find her in the streets with Disabled In Action, ADAPT, the Disability Caucus, and other groups. After teaching Italian for many years, LaSpina created and taught courses in Disability Studies at The New School. She lives in New York City.
"A feminist, personal perspective on disability. One of the main themes is the author's developing ability to claim and enjoy her own beauty and sexuality."--Gillian Kendall, coauthor of How I Became a Human Being
"From pity to empowerment, a woman born with polio illuminates her personal changes in attitude and accomplishment amid sweeping societal changes in rights for the disabled. . . . 'I was the luckiest woman in the world, ' insists the author in this revelatory and deeply moving memoir that clearly shows how and why she came to feel that way."--STARRED Kirkus Review
"A memoir fueled by passion and grounded in history. Nadina LaSpina's beautifully written narrative reveals a conscientious citizen and an exuberant and vibrant woman. Such a Pretty Girl is ultimately a love story."--Simi Linton, author of My Body Politic
"From the first vivid chapter set in Sicily to her gutsy activism in the U.S., LaSpinas triumphant memoir of a richly lived life held me rapt."--Alix Kates Shulman
"In this insightful memoir, disability activist LaSpina effortlessly shares how her personal experiences led to her activism, creating a compelling story that is both instructive and moving. ... readers will encounter her successes and set-backs, both personal and political, and learn about the U.S. medical system and its treatment of individuals with disabilities. ... LaSpina's story of determination and hard-won independence is engaging, informative, and ultimately, inarguably, inspiring."--STARRED Booklist
"The author skillfully ties her personal experiences into a broader social and historical context ... an empowering and feminist book. It shows an immigrant, writer, teacher, and activist's perspective on pivotal moments in history. In an intimate way, Such a Pretty Girl shows how far disability rights have come in the past 70 years and touches on inequalities that still exist."--Book Riot