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Fading Scars, by Corbett O’Toole

“Uncovering stories about disability history and life, O’Toole shares her firsthand account of some of the most dramatic events in Disability History…” This is a memoir of a queer disabled elder, her experiences in the 504 sit in, being a mother and more.

Fading Scars

Mean Little Deaf Queer, by Terry Galloway

A memoir on growing up Little and deaf. And queer.

Mean Little Deaf Queer

A Body, Undone, by Christina Crosby.

“A woman’s fight to reclaim her body after a paralysis-inducing cycling accident” This is about a college professor who get paralyzed in a bike accident and reclaims her life.

A Body, Undone

Sitting Pretty, by Rebekah Taussig

“The view from my ordinary resilient disabled body,” a memoir on growing up disabled.

Sitting Pretty

The Unheard, by Josh Swiller

“A young man’s quest to reconcile his deafness in an unforgiving world leads to a remarkable sojourn in a remote African village that pulsates with beauty and violence…” This is about a white deaf guy who goes to Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer.

The Unheard

The Collected Schizophrenias, by Esme Weijun Wang

A collection of essays about living with schizophrenia

The Collected Schizophrenias

Sick, by Porochista Khakpour

This is a memoir about living with undiagnosed health problems and mental illness.


Cancer Vixen, by Marisa Acocella Marchetto

A graphic novel (memoir) about breast cancer.

Cancer Vixen

Marbles, by Ellen Forney

“Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the relationship between “crazy” and “creative” in this graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder, woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writers.”


Sight Unseen, by Georgina Kleege

“Kleege describes the negative social status of the blind, analyzes stereotypes of the blind that have been perpetuated by movies, and discusses how blindness has been portrayed in literature. She vividly conveys the visual experience of someone with severely impaired sight and explains what she can see and what she cannot (and how her inability to achieve eye contact—in a society that prizes that form of connection—has affected her). Finally she tells of the various ways she reads, and the freedom she felt when she stopped concealing her blindness and acquired skills, such as reading braille, as part of a new, blind identity. Without sentimentality or clichés, Kleege offers us the opportunity to imagine life without sight.”

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Disability Books: Books and Collections on Disability

Lists of collections on disability and books about disability
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The Right to Live in the World: Dr. Brown's List of Books for Disability Advocacy
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No Ordinary Boy: A Book Review
Rae Reviews: Rare is Everywhere, by Deborah Katz
El Deafo; Book Review & Discussion Questions
Say Something! Book Review
Best Books for Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury
9 Great Children's Books on Down Syndrome
Rae Reviews: You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone, by Rachel Lynn Solomon
The Very Best Down Syndrome Book Resources
#ShePersisted: The Disability Edition – a Persistent Book List by Sandy Ho

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