On Beauty by Zadie Smith

On Beauty is a 2005 novel by British author Zadie Smith. It takes its title from an essay by Elaine Scarry (On Beauty and Being Just). The story follows the lives of a mixed-race British/American family living in the United States. On Beauty addresses ethnic and cultural differences in both the U.S.A and the U.K., the nature of beauty, and the clash between liberal and conservative academic values. A short article in the Guardian has described it as a "transatlantic comic saga."

The 2273rd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 4th on The 10 Best of the Decade(2000) (Entertainment Weekly)
  2. - 19th on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
On Beauty: A Novel Paperback 23408 $8.90 $1.14 2006
Thalia Book Club: On Beauty with Author Zadie Smith Audible Audiobook 188082 $3.99 2006
On Beauty Paperback 3463358 $0.01
Sobre la belleza / On Beauty (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3253796 $17.69 $16.64 2006
Sobre la belleza (Narrativa) (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 1814035 2011
On Beauty Kindle Edition 45237 $10.99 2005
On Beauty Hardcover 196587 $2.48 $0.01 2005
On Beauty Audio CD 1130910 $12.56 $0.21 2005
Zadie Smith on Beauty Hardcover 740382 $20.92 $14.21
Zadie Smith On Beauty Unknown Binding 1824270 $12.88 $9.99 2005
On Beauty Paperback 2809808 $5.71 $0.01 2007