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BIG IDEA Book Club

Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig

2024-07-23 17:30:00 2024-07-23 18:30:00 America/New_York BIG IDEA Book Club A discussion group dedicated to diverse voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community. Online Programs -

Tuesday, July 23
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Add to Calendar 2024-07-23 17:30:00 2024-07-23 18:30:00 America/New_York BIG IDEA Book Club A discussion group dedicated to diverse voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community. Online Programs -

A discussion group dedicated to diverse voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community.

Meetings take place via Zoom. Registered participants will be emailed meeting information prior to the event starting.

Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig

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A memoir-in-essays from disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty Rebekah Taussig, processing a lifetime of memories to paint a beautiful, nuanced portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most.

Growing up as a paralyzed girl during the 90s and early 2000s, Rebekah Taussig only saw disability depicted as something monstrous (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), inspirational (Helen Keller), or angelic (Forrest Gump). None of this felt right; and as she got older, she longed for more stories that allowed disability to be complex and ordinary, uncomfortable and fine, painful and fulfilling.

Writing about the rhythms and textures of what it means to live in a body that doesn't fit, Rebekah reflects on everything from the complications of kindness and charity, living both independently and dependently, experiencing intimacy, and how the pervasiveness of ableism in our everyday media directly translates to everyday life.

Disability affects all of us, directly or indirectly, at one point or another. By exploring this truth in poignant and lyrical essays, Taussig illustrates the need for more stories and more voices to understand the diversity of humanity. Sitting Pretty challenges us as a society to be patient and vigilant, practical and imaginative, kind and relentless, as we set to work to write an entirely different story.

AGE GROUP: | Adults (18+) |

EVENT TYPE: | Book Groups |

TAGS: | blacklivesmatterbookgroup | bigidea |

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Hours
Mon, Jul 15 12:00AM to 11:30PM
Tue, Jul 16 12:00AM to 11:30PM
Wed, Jul 17 12:00AM to 11:30PM
Thu, Jul 18 12:00AM to 11:30PM
Fri, Jul 19 12:00AM to 11:30PM
Sat, Jul 20 12:00AM to 11:30PM
Sun, Jul 21 12:00AM to 11:30PM

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