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Sitting Pretty

Author : Rebekah Taussig
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2020-08-25
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780062936813

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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.

Sitting Pretty

Author : Rebekah Taussig
Publisher : HarperOne
Release : 2021-07-06
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 0062936808

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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.

Sitting Pretty

Author : Rebekah Taussig
Publisher : HarperOne
Release : 2020
Category : Disabilities
ISBN : 0062936794

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A memoir-in-essays from Rebekah Taussig, disability advocate and creator of the Instagram account @sitting_pretty, reflecting on identity, accessibility, and representation and processing a lifetime of memories to paint a more beautiful, nuanced portrait of a body that looks and moves differently than most. Rebekah Taussig has been paralyzed for as long as she can remember but didn't begin to unpack it until she was in her mid-twenties working on a PhD in disability studies. She began writing mini-essays about what it means to live as a disabled woman and exploring the limited ways we typically see disability: something monstrous (the Hunchback of Notre Dame), inspirational (Helen Keller), or angelic (Forrest Gump). She longed for stories that reflected her experiences--stories that allowed disability to be complex and ordinary, uncomfortable and fine, painful and fulfilling. Sitting Pretty offers an honest look at disability and its effects on identity, love, money, and self-worth. 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 the false idea of "ableism." Disability affects all of us, directly or indirectly, at one point or another. We all need more stories and more voices to understand the diversity of humanity. A timely reminder to look beyond ourselves and our singular experiences, 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.

Alice Neel

Author : Phoebe Hoban
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Release : 2010-12-07
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 1429956763

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Alice Neel liked to say that she was the century and in many ways she was. She was born into a proper Victorian family, and came of age during suffrage. The quintessential Bohemian, she spent more than half a century, from her early days as a WPA artist living in the heart of the Village, through her Whitney retrospective in 1974, until her death ten years later, painting, often in near-obscurity, an extraordinarily diverse population—from young black sisters in Harlem to the elderly Jewish twin artists, Raphael and Moses Soyer, to Meyer Schapiro and Linus Pauling, to the American Communist Party chairman Gus Hall—creating an indelible portrait of 20th century America. Neel's hundreds of portraits portray a universe of powerful personalities and document an age. Neel painted through the Depression, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, the sexual revolution of the 60's, feminism, and the feverish eighties. Fiercely democratic in her subjects, she portrayed her lovers, her children, her neighbors in Spanish Harlem, pregnant nudes, crazy people, and famous figures in the art world, all in a searing, psychological style uniquely her own. From Village legend Joe Gould with multiple penises to Frank O'Hara as a lyrical young poet, from porn star Annie Sprinkle gussied up in leather, to her own anxious, nude pregnant daughter-in-law, Neel's portraits are as arrestingly executed as they are relentlessly honest. In this first full-length biography of Neel, best-selling author Phoebe Hoban recounts the remarkable story of Neel's life and career, as full of Sturm and Drang as the century she powerfully captured in paint. Neel managed to transcend her often tragic circumstances, surviving the death from diphtheria of her infant daughter Santillana, her first child by the renowned Cuban painter Carlos Enriquez, with whom she lived in Havana for a year before returning to America; the break-up of her marriage; a nervous breakdown at thirty resulting in several suicide attempts for which she was institutionalized; and the terrible separation from her second child, Isabetta, whom Carlos took back to Havana. In every aspect of her life, Neel dictated her own terms—from defiantly painting figurative pieces at the height of Abstract Expressionism, convincing her subjects to disrobe (which many of them did, including, surprisingly, Andy Warhol) to becoming a single mother to the two sons she bore to dramatically different partners. No wonder she became the de facto artist of the Feminist movement. (When Time magazine put Kate Millet on its cover in 1970, she was asked to paint the portrait.) Very much in touch with her time, Neel was also always ahead of it. Although she herself would probably have rejected such label, she was America's first feminist, multicultural artist, a populist painter for the ages. Phoebe Hoban's Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty tells the unforgettable story of a woman who forged a permanent place in the pantheon by courageously flaunting convention, both in her life and her work.

Sitting Pretty

Author : Rebecca Scherr
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2020-05-09
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 9798632009874

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In 1975, Kathy Patterson joins the sorority Gamma Phi Beta, trying to fit into the social climate of James Monroe University. In the same year, Bill Bennett begins his second year in the fraternity Sigma Chi. At the first big party of the year, Kathy and Bill watch silently as a senior Gamma Phi Beta sister, Linda, is sexually assaulted by one of Bill's fraternity brothers as she lays unconscious on the stairs of the fraternity house. Sorority and fraternity teachings enforce different perceptions on what it means to experience sexual assault, but Bill and Kathy both know that the subject is to be approached casually-more commonly, to not be spoken about at all. Sitting Pretty explores the dynamic between men and women in the seventies, the differences in fraternity and sorority teachings, and finding solace in sisterhood. Rebecca Scherr is a fiction writer and a graduate of George Washington Carver Center for Art and Technology's Literary Arts program. At the age of seventeen, her short story, "Ladylike," was awarded first place in the international Jack London Writing Contest. Her poetry, short stories, and personal essays have also been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, where she has won several gold keys, silver keys, and honorable mentions. In her spare time, Scherr enjoys a cup of coffee, walks with her dog, Mock Trial, and an episode of reality television after a long day. While soft-spoken in everyday life, Scherr has future plans to become a lawyer and looks forward to exploring the bolder parts of herself both in the courtroom and on the page. Sitting Pretty is her first novel, but she is certain there will be plenty more of her fiction on the way.

Sitting Pretty

Author : Clifton Webb
Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release : 2011-05-17
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781496800640

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More than any other male movie star, the refined Clifton Webb (1889-1966) caused the movie-going public to change its image of a leading man. In a day when leading men were supposed to be strong, virile, and brave, Clifton Webb projected an image of flip, acerbic arrogance. He was able to play everything from a decadent columnist (Laura) to a fertile father (Cheaper by the Dozen and The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker), delivering lines in an urbanely clipped, acidly dry manner with impeccable timing. Sitting Pretty is his remarkable story. Long before his film career began, Webb was a child actor and later a suavely effete song-and-dance man in numerous Broadway musicals and revues. The turning point in his career came in 1941 when his good friend Noël Coward cast him in Blithe Spirit. Director Otto Preminger saw Webb's performance and cast him in Laura in 1944. Webb began to write his autobiography, but he said that he eventually had gotten "bogged down" in the process. However, he did complete six chapters and left a hefty collection of notes that he intended to use in the proposed book. His writing is as witty and sophisticated as his onscreen persona. Those six chapters, information and voluminous notes, and personal research by the coauthor provide an intimate view of an amazingly talented man's life and times.

Sitting Pretty

Author : Christi Van der Westhuizen
Publisher : University of Kwazulu Natal Press
Release : 2018
Category : Afrikaners
ISBN : 1869143760

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At the opening of South Africa's first democratic parliament in 1994, newly elected president Nelson Mandela issued a clarion call to an unlikely group: white Afrikaans women who, during apartheid, occupied the ambivalent position of being both oppressor and oppressed. He conjured the memory of poet Ingrid Jonker as 'both an Afrikaner and an African' who 'instructs that our endeavours must be about the liberation of the woman, the emancipation of the man and the liberty of the child.' More than two decades later, the question is: how have white Afrikaans-speaking women responded to the liberating possibilities of constitutional democracy? With Afrikaner nationalism in disrepair, and official apartheid in demise, have they re-imagined themselves in opposition to colonial ideas of race, gender, sexuality and class? "Sitting Pretty" explores this post-apartheid identity through the concepts of ordentlikheid, or decency, as an ethnic form of respectability, and the volksmoeder, or mother of the nation, as enduring icon. Issues of intersectionality, space, emotion, and masculinity are also investigated. [Subject: Gender Studies, African Studies, Sociology, Politics]

Sitting Pretty

Author : Dinah Johnson
Publisher : Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Release : 2000-10-01
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN : 0805060979

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Through her collection of black dolls, Dinah Johnson imparts a poetic message of pride and self-esteem. Walk across the bridge -- it's not so hard to do -- look straight ahead and don't turn back, your sisters are waiting for you. Dolls are playthings. Dolls are keepsakes. Dolls are magical. In elegant poems and striking photographs, dolls from around the United States and as far away as the Caribbean, East Africa, West Africa, and South America are brought together in celebration of the human spirit. Dinah Johnson's poems -- sometimes gentle and joyful, often bold and courageous -- embrace the strength and imagination of many cultures. Eboni and Kiani, Sonia and Retta, and over thirty other dolls in this collection march proudly to their own voices and rhythms. Children and doll lovers of all ages will find beauty and inspiration in this extraordinary picture book.

Sitting Pretty

Author : Al Young
Publisher : Holt McDougal
Release : 1976
Category : African Americans
ISBN : UCAL:B4951626

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As Sidney J. Prettymon tells it, his life in and around San Francisco is based on a simple philosophy: "Play all the possibilities and stagger your bets". Sit, as he's called, is a natural born ladies' man, ne'er-do-well, ex-husband, father, raconteur and a man with strong opinions about most things. His experiences encompass part-time jobs, television stardom, run-ins with the law ("Jail is dull, don't care what anybody say".), a colorful variety of friends, and complex relationships with a number of women, his former wife and grown-up kids. In Sitting Pretty, Al Young has devised a character for the ages: a funny, original and altogether human being whose predicament is as universal as middle age.

Sitting Pretty

Author : Laurie Goldey MFT
Publisher : Balboa Press
Release : 2017-08-21
Category : Self-Help
ISBN : 9781504385923

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What does it take to love your life more fully, to feel more focused and productive, and to have deeper, more satisfying relationships with everyone in your life? All it takes is being more mindful and more attuned to your life and what is happening in the moment, whether youre sipping your morning latte, helping your kid with homework, or stuck in traffic on the way to work. Thats what Marriage and Family Therapist and mindfulness practitioner Laurie Goldey discovered more than a decade ago, when, skeptically, she began taking baby steps toward living a more mindful life. What she found was, making tiny changes are all it takes to incorporate noticing into your daily routine, whatever you happen to be doing. Focusing on the task at hand (whether mundane or exceptional) can help you find joy in the most routine or habitual tasks and can bring out your best self, impacting your family, your job, and all of your relationships (especially the one with yourself). If you follow the week-by-week suggestions in this book, you will feel less overwhelmed, less anxious, less likely to spend early-morning hours in bed wide awake, ticking off your to-do list. And thats just the start of the new life ahead of you. Before you know it, youll be sitting pretty.

Sitting Pretty... or Sitting Duck?

Author : Vernai Dantzler Smith, Esq.
Publisher : AuthorHouse
Release : 2010-04-07
Category : Business & Economics
ISBN : 1452002169

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For the first time in history, women control more than 50% of the private wealth in the United States. As they lay claim to this unprecedented amount of wealth, have they taken all the steps necessary to protect their shares from waste, squander, or depletion? Many have not... and will let a good portion slip through their fingers. Whether you are 30, 40, 50, or 60 years old or older... are married, divorced, widowed, single, or partnered... or have kids, a job, a business, or an inheritance... if you do not use precaution in handling your financial affairs, you could find yourself with lighter pockets. Many women have seen their fortunes destroyed by failing to put measures in place to ward off life’s inevitable attacks on their financial resources. Sitting Pretty or Sitting Duck lays out what a woman needs to do to protect herself financially — no matter the economic times, and no matter the personal circumstances. For, how well you defend and protect your money today may determine the quality of your life tomorrow.

A Dream Called Home

Author : Reyna Grande
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2018-10-02
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9781501171444

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From bestselling author of the remarkable memoir, The Distance Between Us comes an inspiring account of one woman’s quest to find her place in America as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer determined to build a new life for her family one fearless word at a time. “Here is a life story so unbelievable, it could only be true” (Sandra Cisneros, bestselling author of The House on Mango Street). As an immigrant in an unfamiliar country, with an indifferent mother and abusive father, Reyna had few resources at her disposal. Taking refuge in words, Reyna’s love of reading and writing propels her to rise above until she achieves the impossible and is accepted to the University of California, Santa Cruz. Although her acceptance is a triumph, the actual experience of American college life is intimidating and unfamiliar for someone like Reyna, who is now estranged from her family and support system. Again, she finds solace in words, holding fast to her vision of becoming a writer, only to discover she knows nothing about what it takes to make a career out of a dream. Through it all, Reyna is determined to make the impossible possible, going from undocumented immigrant of little means to “a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer” (Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild); a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist whose “power is growing with every book” (Luis Alberto Urrea, Pultizer Prize finalist); and a proud mother of two beautiful children who will never have to know the pain of poverty and neglect. Told in Reyna’s exquisite, heartfelt prose, A Dream Called Home demonstrates how, by daring to pursue her dreams, Reyna was able to build the one thing she had always longed for: a home that would endure.

Sitting Pretty

Author : Clifton Webb
Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release : 2011-05-17
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 1604739975

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More than any other male movie star, the refined Clifton Webb (1889–1966) caused the movie-going public to change its image of a leading man. In a day when leading men were supposed to be strong, virile, and brave, Clifton Webb projected an image of flip, acerbic arrogance. He was able to play everything from a decadent columnist (Laura) to a fertile father (Cheaper by the Dozen and The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker), delivering lines in an urbanely clipped, acidly dry manner with impeccable timing. Sitting Pretty is his remarkable story. Long before his film career began, Webb was a child actor and later a suavely effete song-and-dance man in numerous Broadway musicals and revues. The turning point in his career came in 1941 when his good friend Noël Coward cast him in Blithe Spirit. Director Otto Preminger saw Webb’s performance and cast him in Laura in 1944. Webb began to write his autobiography, but he said that he eventually had gotten “bogged down” in the process. However, he did complete six chapters and left a hefty collection of notes that he intended to use in the proposed book. His writing is as witty and sophisticated as his onscreen persona. Those six chapters, information and voluminous notes, and personal research by the coauthor provide an intimate view of an amazingly talented man’s life and times.

Marilyn's Monster

Author : Michelle Knudsen
Publisher : Candlewick Press
Release : 2020-04-29
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 9781536219357

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The best-selling author of Library Lion pairs with award-winning illustrator Matt Phelan to create a picture book gem with an unexpected twist. The best-selling author of Library Lion pairs with award-winning illustrator Matt Phelan to create a picture book gem with an unexpected twist. A lot of Marilyn’s friends have monsters. It’s the latest thing. Each one is just right for its boy or girl. Marilyn really wants a monster, too, but despite her efforts to be the kind of girl no monster could resist, hers just doesn’t come. What could be taking it so long? Everyone knows you just have to wait for your monster – but the spunky and determined Marilyn thinks there may just be other ways that things can work. Matt Phelan’s expressive artwork brings Michelle Knudsen’s appealing cast of children and monsters to life, creating a sweet, warm tale of friendship perfect for sharing.

The Fat Studies Reader

Author : Esther Rothblum,Sondra Solovay
Publisher : NYU Press
Release : 2009-11-01
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 081477640X

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Winner of the 2010 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology Winner of the 2010 Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Edited Volume in Women’s Studies from the Popular Culture Association We have all seen the segments on television news shows: A fat person walking on the sidewalk, her face out of frame so she can't be identified, as some disconcerting findings about the "obesity epidemic" stalking the nation are read by a disembodied voice. And we have seen the movies—their obvious lack of large leading actors silently speaking volumes. From the government, health industry, diet industry, news media, and popular culture we hear that we should all be focused on our weight. But is this national obsession with weight and thinness good for us? Or is it just another form of prejudice—one with especially dire consequences for many already disenfranchised groups? For decades a growing cadre of scholars has been examining the role of body weight in society, critiquing the underlying assumptions, prejudices, and effects of how people perceive and relate to fatness. This burgeoning movement, known as fat studies, includes scholars from every field, as well as activists, artists, and intellectuals. The Fat Studies Reader is a milestone achievement, bringing together fifty-three diverse voices to explore a wide range of topics related to body weight. From the historical construction of fatness to public health policy, from job discrimination to social class disparities, from chick-lit to airline seats, this collection covers it all. Edited by two leaders in the field, The Fat Studies Reader is an invaluable resource that provides a historical overview of fat studies, an in-depth examination of the movement’s fundamental concerns, and an up-to-date look at its innovative research.

Sitting Pretty

Author : Julie L. Horan
Publisher : Robson Books Limited
Release : 1998
Category : Toilet paraphernalia
ISBN : IND:30000092788995

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Riding Pretty

Author : Renee M. Laegreid
Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
Release : 2006-10
Category : History
ISBN : 9780803229556

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An examination of the Rodeo Queen phenomenon in the American West, from its first appearance at the 1910 Pendleton, Oregon, Round-Up, to 1956, when the Rodeo Queen transformed from a Western into a national symbol.

Sitting Pretty

Author : April Hardy
Publisher : Headline
Release : 2016-07-07
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781786150578

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Professional pet-sitter Beth believes her Greek boyfriend, Alex is the one. So when he’s offered a job in Dubai, he and Beth marry so they can move there together. But on the day they’re due to fly to their new life, Alex says their marriage was a mistake and ends it. By phone. Beth is suddenly husbandless and homeless. Distraught, and with her life in turmoil, when her old boss asks a favour she agrees on autopilot, and goes to feed Talisker the cat, whose handsome but dour owner Henry travels one week in three. Finding herself in luxury surroundings, with nowhere to go and determined not to hear her mother’s “I told you so”, she sleeps on Henry’s sofa. Next day, Beth has her job back and a plan. For the time being, she’ll quietly stay in her clients’ homes until she can convince Alex that this is all a big mistake. She’s pretty sure squatting’s against the law, but if she’s careful, no one need find out ... until the mysterious Henry comes home unexpectedly.

Sitting Pretty... Or Sitting Duck?

Author : Vernai Dantzler Smith,Vernai Dantzler Smith Esq
Publisher : AuthorHouse
Release : 2010-04-05
Category : Business & Economics
ISBN : 9781452002149

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For the first time in history, women control more than 50% of the private wealth in the United States . as they lay claim to this unprecedented amount of wealth, have they taken all the steps necessary to protect their shares from waste, squander, or depletion? Many have not... and will let a good portion slip through their fingers. Whether you are 30, 40, 50, or 60 years old or older... are married, divorced, widowed, single, or partnered... or have kids, a job, a business, or an inheritance... if you do not use precaution in handling your financial affairs, you could find yourself with lighter pockets. Many women have seen their fortunes destroyed by failing to put measures in place to ward off life's inevitable attacks on their financial resources. Sitting Pretty or Sitting Duck lays out what a woman needs to do to protect herself financially - no matter the economic times, and no matter the personal circumstances. For, how well you defend and protect your money today may determine the quality of your life tomorrow.