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The Beautiful Anthology

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  12 reviews
What is beauty? Why do women usually think they are not beautiful, and what do women (and men) find truly beautiful in life? These important questions are answered in "THE BEAUTIFUL ANTHOLOGY: Essays, Poems & Art," the new book from the acclaimed literary site The Nervous Breakdown (TNB Books). The answers will surprise you, shock you, amuse you, and make you think. Contri ...more
Paperback, First, 247 pages
Published June 9th 2012 by TNB Books
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Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can honestly say that (because I have read this book about 100 times for editing purposes) this is a seriously entertaining, thought-provoking collection. There's something for everyone, female or male, old or young. The Beautiful Anthology is the perfect book to take to the beach or read before bed (read one essay at a time and savor it!). This book will change your mind about anthologies. Contains essays, stories, poems and art by an intriguing, international group of writers and other artis ...more
Ada Bonnefoi
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology
Am I beautiful?

Didn´t we all ask these question at one time? I certainly did.

The answer to the question "Am I beautiful?" is relatively easy to find. Usually someone knows because you are being told by those around you that you are indeed beautiful. This is especially true for people who reflect the classic beauty ideal of our time, as we know it from TV and social media alike. Kate Moss anyone? who is for me still my personal ideal, even I cannot exactly nail it down why.

But there is also the s
Sara Habein
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Most everything in the book is quite good. It's wonderful, thought-provoking, and worth passing along to anyone else who might be grappling with their own definition of "beautiful."

(My full review appears on Glorified Love Letters.)
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Few things put more doubt and insecurity in us than our physical attributes and our own taste for what is attractive, and yet beauty still holds the power to reveal the sublime in the seemingly banal. For some, beauty comes face-to-face in a single arresting instant. To others, it is found in contrast with something else, observed over a period of time. Some of the contributors in Beautiful reclaim their definition of beauty; others recognize it in places, objects, and motion; still for others, ...more
May 18, 2012 added it
I have a piece in this book, so, you know, my views might be tainted/favor the stellar. What do you want me to say? This book rocks and you should buy it.
I want to liken it to a box of See's Candy.
You might be partial to a certain type -- dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chewy, truffle.
Your favorite might be the Bordeaux (my favorite -- please store this info for future gifts/bribes) or tend to go for the nutty.
But sometimes you bite into something you aren't familiar with and think, "That wa
Uche Ogbuji
Jan 13, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Not giving it a star rating because I'm too biased. I have an essay in it, "21st Century Beauty in Poetry." Let's just say I'm thrilled to be in the company of the other contributors, and thrilled the book has been garnering such buzz.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Goodreads Friends: Read this! So honest and funny. Some of the essays will break your heart (in a good way).
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a child in the 1970s, I often read from a book from my mother’s bookshelf – The Quintessence of Beauty and Romance – that was a collection of stories and poems about ideals like bravery, loyalty, meant to be inspirational. This book is different. The Beautiful Anthology, the editor says, isn’t supposed to be a collection of the conventionally beautiful; it is meant “to start a conversation about what beauty is and why we find certain things, or people, to be beautiful.” There is plenty here a ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
There were a few great little stories in here. However, there were more that felt a little silly or tired. I was hoping for something that probed the concept of beauty a little deeper, but it was mostly anecdotal stories by up and coming writers. I enjoyed the stories told from the male point of view, they were very inciteful. Some felt like they were straight out of a womans fashion magazine, which is not a bad thing, but it's one thing to read a story about beauty and the body once a month and ...more
anthology of stories, essays, poetry, etc on the theme of beauty. "what you see" by gina frangello was good, i liked the essay about the nose, but (i feel slightly bad for saying this) literally all the contributions from male writers are skippable.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Like any collection, some pieces didn't click with me. But overall, an interesting group of pieces reflecting on the concept of "beautiful."

3.7 stars

Dustin Renwick
Author, Beyond the Gray Leaf
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway!

I've never read an anthology before, but I liked it! It was interesting reading about the different interpretations of the same concept: beauty.
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