Rae Reviews: Stumble to Rise: a Memoir on Living with Multiple Sclerosis
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Rae Reviews: Stumble to Rise: a Memoir on Living with Multiple Sclerosis

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”3d” style=”round”]Rae reviews the book, Stumble to Rise, in this post.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Stumble to Rise is an autobiographical description of living a full life with multiple sclerosis (MS). Gina, the author, has a meaningful career, an active family and a stylish home. She describes both the medical and physical experience of MS (procedures, mobility issues) as…

Book Review of Say Something, by Peter H. Reynolds
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Book Review of Say Something, by Peter H. Reynolds

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round”]This is a book review of Say Something, by Peter H. Reynolds. This is a children’s book. There are affiliate links in this post (read more about my disclosure policy here)[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I am always looking for quality books for my children to engage with. In these troubled times, I also look for quality books…

Rae Reviews: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, by Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Rae Reviews: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, by Rachel Lynn Solomon

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round” message_box_color=”orange” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-book”]Rae Hower reviews the book, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, in this post.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, by Rachel Lynn Solomon You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is about twin sisters whose mother has Huntington’s disease. It takes place during their senior year of high school. The…

Rae Reviews: Rare is Everywhere, by Deborah Katz

Rae Reviews: Rare is Everywhere, by Deborah Katz

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_style=”outline” style=”round” message_box_color=”orange” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-book”]Rae Hower reviews the book, Rare is Everywhere, in this post.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Rare is Everywhere Rare is Everywhere is a children’s book about unusual animals like blue lobsters, spotless cheetahs and white tigers. The point, according to the book jacket, is to teach children “about diversity and how our differences make…

Book Review of Good Kings Bad Kings, by Susan Nussbaum
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Book Review of Good Kings Bad Kings, by Susan Nussbaum

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Summary of the Story  story is about teenagers with disabilities who live in an institution in Chicago, and the people who work there. It’s told in person-first accounts. It follows the lives of the residents and workers for the period of about a year, with backstory. What Was Great Good Kings Bad Kings was…

The Lit League Poll for September’s Book Choice: Happening Now!

The Lit League Poll for September’s Book Choice: Happening Now!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hey! This is just a really quick post to let you know that The Lit League is voting on the next book for us all to read (and talk about). Voting is going on over on GoodReads: Poll September Book No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and…

Book Review: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay
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Book Review: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I recently read “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxane Gay for the Lit League Book club. I was the one who chose that book, because I had seen enough friends with disabilities posting on Facebook about how powerful they thought the book was, what a short read it was, and how much they…

“Not Always Happy” Book Review & Giveaway
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“Not Always Happy” Book Review & Giveaway

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the more rampant stereotypes about people with Down syndrome is that they are always happy. Don’t ask why that sticks in the face of a screaming child with Down syndrome – even when someone actually sees my child in a rage, they have been known to comment (with a chuckle) about how “those”…

Cultivating Community – “What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love” a New Book by Janice Fialka, Reviewed by Naomi Ortiz
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Cultivating Community – “What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love” a New Book by Janice Fialka, Reviewed by Naomi Ortiz

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] “What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love” What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love is a new book by Janice Fialka, reviewed by Naomi Ortiz[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”turquoise” border_width=”6″][vc_column_text] Community connections can happen in any place, at any time. Recently I was on a strategy conference call and I mentioned the work I do around…

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Behavioral Issues and Down syndrome

Behavioral Issues and Down syndrome Moxie, my daughter who has Down syndrome, has recently had behavioral issues at school. A bit of background: Moxie goes to The Best School Ever. She has a wonderful, caring teacher and Moxie’s aide is a lovely woman whom Moxie has known and trusted for years now – ever since…

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Up Syndrome by Megan Abner, a Woman with Down syndrome

I’ve written a bit about how I’d love to have more adults with Down syndrome speaking and writing of their life experience, views on therapy and disability – much like the Autistics do within the Autism Community. I mean, we can sit around and talk about Down syndrome all day long but we’ll never know…

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From Grief to Celebration: Book Review + Author Interview + Giveaway

Part 1: Review of "From Grief to Celebration" I don't know what was in your Down syndrome packet after you connected with your local organization – and I don't know what your initial reading list was. But I'll tell you this: in my packet was "The Light at the End of the Tunnel" – hello…