As a longtime reader of Karen Walrond’s blog Chookooloonks, I expected her first book, The Beauty of Different: Observations of a Confident Misfit, to be gorgeous. I’m familiar enough with her pictures to expect the photography to be stunning; I’m familiar enough with her probing writing style to know that her narrative would touch me. I knew these things, because I know Karen.
The physical book itself is coffee-table-worthy in its heft and
glossiness, and the stories captured within its pages… oh, my.
backs up her contention that what makes us different is also what makes
us beautiful with varied and poignant glimpses into true life–her own,
and so many others’. Page after page of beauty unfolds with stunning colors
and smiles and piercing gazes, and woven throughout it all, tales of joy
and pain and growing and learning and losing and overcoming.
is a testament to the human spirit, and seeing it through a talented storyteller’s
literal and figurative lens is simply breathtaking.