Easy Beauty

S. & S. Audio. Apr. 2022. 10:37 hrs. ISBN 9781797137483. $23.99. MEMOIR
Jones (finalist for a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing) presents her life experience in all of its intricacies. Born with sacral agenesis, she describes the pain and physical difficulties she must overcome daily and the pain inflicted upon her by malicious and well-meaning members of the public alike. Jones describes her journey through redefining her limits based on a philosophical debate about whether or not her condition means her life is not worth living. Jones is not a professional narrator but does an excellent job, allowing listeners to fall into the story without distraction. Listeners will feel her pain, her joy, her tensions, and their releases. People need to hear her voice describe what it feels like when the world infantilizes adults with atypical bodies, who they deem incapable of exercising their agency.
VERDICT In her writing and reading, Jones invites listeners to take the time and effort to look at the world and the differently abled people around them in order to discover their beauty.
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