The Beauty of Different Book Review

My friend Karen Walrond just published a book, and it’s a gorgeous piece of work.  I put it at the top of my wish list for Christmas but I couldn’t wait that long to read it, so I ordered it early and have been enjoying the fruits of her labor every night before I go to sleep.

the beauty of different

Karen is a master storyteller and phenomenal photographer who put into words and pictures the stories of beautiful people who at one time or another felt “different”.  I can’t overemphasize the importance of her work, and plan to sit down with Precocious to read snippets of The Beauty of Different over the next few months.

We’re at a precarious point on an adolescent cliff and I wish I’d had something like Karen’s book to guide me through the choppy waters of feeling anything but beautiful while I was growing up.

coffee table book

It’s really fun to see the faces of other people I love from the blogging world, like The Bloggess, oh yes.

the bloggess

And is that my favorite neighborhood photographer and his adorable wife Amy I see?  Why yes, yes it is.


I can’t recommend this book highly enough.  Karen really has a way with words and her photography is out of this world. 

Run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore to order a copy, you won’t regret it for a minute.


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Jamie S :

    What a fantastic book! Great gift idea, thanks for the heads up.

    • Allison :

      It’s amazing, you should have one.

  2. Marie :

    Love Karen and her photography! I can’t wait to see more of this book!

    • Allison :

      You need to get yourself a copy, it’s fabulous!

  3. elz :

    I ordered 3 copies, then Karen gave me a copy (cuz I’m in it-oh yeah). So, I’m giving my three away and ordering more for Christmas. I think it is so powerful and strong and beautiful, and, and…

    • Allison :

      May I tell you how happy it made me to see your shiny face in the pages? Seriously, I was delighted!

      It’s amazing, amazing from start to finish.