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Disability/Anti-Ableism Booklist

Books on disability rights, activism, and theory. Check out our children's disability titles in the store as well.

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807002803
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Published: Beacon Press - February 23rd, 2021

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for Nonfiction

" essential and engaging look at recent disability history."— Buzzfeed

One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
By Alice Wong (Editor)
ISBN: 9781984899422
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

ONE OF THE PROGRESSIVE'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR One in five people in the United States lives with a disability.

A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir (American Lives ) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496207197
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2018

After contracting polio as a child, Sandra Gail Lambert progressed from braces and crutches to a manual wheelchair to a power wheelchair—but loneliness has remained a constant, from the wild claustrophobia of a child in body casts to just yesterday, trapped at home, gasping from pain.

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (Exploded Views) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781552453957
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Published: Coach House Books - March 3rd, 2020

Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty?


Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781551527383
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 30th, 2018

In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Sex & Disability (Quick & Easy Guides) Cover Image
By A. Andrews, A. Andrews (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620106945
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Published: Limerence Press - June 23rd, 2020

A quick, easy, and educational comic book guide that will help change the way we talk about sex and sexuality for all bodies. 

"This guide can help disabled people (and their partners) on their journey toward self-love, better communication, and confidence." –– Alice Wong, Founder and Director, Disability Visibility Project

All different kind

Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid Cover Image
ISBN: 9781551528649
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - December 7th, 2021

In recent years, disability activism has come into its own as a vital and necessary means to acknowledge the power and resilience of the disabled community, and to call out ableist culture wherever it appears.

Still Living the Edges: A Disabled Women's Reader Cover Image
By Diane Driedger (Editor)
ISBN: 9781771338332
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Published: Inanna Publications & Education - September 24th, 2021

Living the Edges: A Disabled Woman's Reader, the lives of women with disabilities have not changed much. Still Living the Edges provides a timely follow-up that traces the ways disabled women are still on the edges, whether that be on the cutting edge, being pushed to the edges of society, or challenging the edges--the barriers in their way.

There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524748715
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Published: Pantheon - June 1st, 2021

From Homer to Helen Keller, from Dune to Stevie Wonder, from the invention of braille to the science of echolocation, M. Leona Godin explores the fascinating history of blindness, interweaving it with her own story of gradually losing her sight.

“[A] thought-provoking mixture of criticism, memoir, and advocacy." —The New Yorker

Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982152376
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Published: S&S/Simon Element - October 26th, 2021

A Deafblind writer and professor explores how the misrepresentation of disability in books, movies, and TV harms both the disabled community and everyone else.

As a Deafblind woman with partial vision in one eye and bilateral hearing aids, Elsa Sjunneson lives at the crossroads of blindness and sight, hearing and deafness—much to the confusion of the world around her.

Feminist, Queer, Crip Cover Image
ISBN: 9780253009340
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Published: Indiana University Press - May 16th, 2013

In Feminist, Queer, Crip Alison Kafer imagines a different future for disability and disabled bodies. Challenging the ways in which ideas about the future and time have been deployed in the service of compulsory able-bodiedness and able-mindedness, Kafer rejects the idea of disability as a pre-determined limit.

Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781517901646
Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - November 1st, 2017

“All too often,” wrote disabled architect Ronald Mace, “designers don’t take the needs of disabled and elderly people into account.” Building Access investigates twentieth-century strategies for designing the world with disability in mind.

A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain (Sexual Cultures #8) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479853168
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Published: New York University Press - October 3rd, 2017

A compelling account of recreating a life through writing, memory, and desire In the early evening on October 1, 2003, Christina Crosby was three miles into a seventeen mile bicycle ride, intent on reaching her goal of 1,000 miles for the riding season. She was a respected senior professor of English who had celebrated her fiftieth birthday a month before.

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism Cover Image
By Barb Cook (Editor), Michelle Garnett (Editor), Jen Elcheson (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781785924347
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - August 21st, 2018

Barb Cook and 14 other autistic women describe life from a female autistic perspective, and present empowering, helpful and supportive insights from their personal experience for fellow autistic women. Michelle Garnett's comments validate and expand the experiences described from a clinician's perspective, and provide extensive recommendations.

A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD: Embrace Neurodiversity, Live Boldly, and Break Through Barriers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684032617
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Published: New Harbinger Publications - July 1st, 2019

Live boldly as a woman with ADHD This radical guide will show you how to cultivate your individual strengths, honor your neurodiversity, and learn to communicate with confidence and clarity.

Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781517904432
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - May 19th, 2020

This vital addition to carceral, prison, and disability studies draws important new links between deinstitutionalization and decarceration


Prison abolition and decarceration are increasingly debated, but it is often without taking into account the largest exodus of people from carceral facilities in the twentieth century: the closure of disability institutions an

Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness (Thought in the ACT) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822370208
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Published: Duke University Press - January 5th, 2018

In Authoring Autism Melanie Yergeau defines neurodivergence as an identity--neuroqueerness--rather than an impairment. Using a queer theory framework, Yergeau notes the stereotypes that deny autistic people their humanity and the chance to define themselves while also challenging cognitive studies scholarship and its reification of the neurological passivity of autistics.

Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573443043
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Published: Cleis Press - November 28th, 2007

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability is the first complete sex guide for people who live with disabilities, pain, illness, or chronic conditions.

Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822362876
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Published: Duke University Press - February 3rd, 2017

In Brilliant Imperfection Eli Clare uses memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure--the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss.

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822360315
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Published: Duke University Press - August 7th, 2015

First published in 1999, the groundbreaking Exile and Pride is essential to the history and future of disability politics.

About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631498589
Published: Liveright - February 23rd, 2021

Based on the historic New York Times series, About Us features intimate, firsthand accounts on what it means, and how it feels, to live with a disability.

The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982100544
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Published: Atria Books - August 6th, 2019

From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign, a thoughtful, inspiring, and charming collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America.

Keah Brown loves herself, but that hadn’t always been the case.

Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520224810
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Published: University of California Press - August 30th, 2000

James Charlton has produced a ringing indictment of disability oppression, which, he says, is rooted in degradation, dependency, and powerlessness and is experienced in some form by five hundred million persons throughout the world who have physical, sensory, cognitive, or developmental disabilities.

The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822369189
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Published: Duke University Press - November 3rd, 2017

In The Right to Maim Jasbir K. Puar brings her pathbreaking work on the liberal state, sexuality, and biopolitics to bear on our understanding of disability. Drawing on a stunning array of theoretical and methodological frameworks, Puar uses the concept of "debility"--bodily injury and social exclusion brought on by economic and political factors--to disrupt the category of disability.

Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (Cultural Front #9) Cover Image
By Robert McRuer, Michael Bérubé (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780814757130
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Published: New York University Press - June 1st, 2006

Crip Theory attends to the contemporary cultures of disability and queerness that are coming out all over.

My Body Politic: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780472032365
Published: University of Michigan Press - January 23rd, 2007

"I read My Body Politic with admiration, sometimes for the pain that all but wept on the page, again for sheer exuberant friendships, for self-discovery, political imagination, and pluck. . . . Wonderful! In a dark time, a gift of hope.
-Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

"The struggles, joys, and political awakening of a firecracker of a narrator. . . .

Inside Deaf Culture Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674022522
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Published: Harvard University Press - October 1st, 2006

In this absorbing story of the changing life of a community, the authors of Deaf in America reveal historical events and forces that have shaped the ways that Deaf people define themselves today. Inside Deaf Culture relates Deaf people's search for a voice of their own, and their proud self-discovery and self-description as a flourishing culture.

The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology Cover Image
By Sheila Black (Editor), Michael Northen (Editor), Annabelle Hayse (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781941026359
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - February 7th, 2017

"I remember I believed all my problems would be solved, if only I were beautiful. Then I was beautiful."--Jonathan Mack, from his story "The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked."

Cyborg Detective (American Poets Continuum #174) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942683858
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Published: BOA Editions - September 3rd, 2019

An NPR Favorite Book of 2019

Hot, Wet, and Shaking: How I Learned to Talk about Sex: How I Learned to Talk about Sex Cover Image
ISBN: 9781926743479
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Published: Invisible Publishing - August 1st, 2014

This is a sex book. It's a book about having sex by yourself, with one person, or with twenty people if everyone is down. It's about saying words like cunt, fuck, and come. But it's also about the things we don't talk about--the mystery, the expectations, and the bullshit that can go along with sex.

Feminist Disability Studies Cover Image
By Kim Q. Hall (Editor), Ellen Samuels (Contribution by), Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780253223401
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Published: Indiana University Press - October 24th, 2011

Disability, like questions of race, gender, and class, is one of the most provocative topics among theorists and philosophers today.

Qda: A Queer Disability Anthology Cover Image
By Raymond Luczak (Editor)
ISBN: 9781941960028
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Published: Squares & Rebels - November 12th, 2015

Featuring fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics by 48 writers from around the world, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology proves that intersectionality isn't just a buzzword. It's a penetrating and unforgettable look into the hearts and souls of those defiant enough to explore their own vulnerabilities and demonstrate their own strengths.

Not a Poster Child: Living Well with a Disability--A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631523915
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Published: She Writes Press - August 7th, 2018

Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018 2018 Sarton Women's Book Awards finalist in Memoir Francine Falk-Allen was only three years old when she contracted polio and temporarily lost the ability to stand and walk.

Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814782224
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Published: New York University Press - October 1st, 1996

Giants. Midgets. Tribal non-Westerners. The very fat. The very thin. Hermaphrodites. Conjoined twins. The disabled. The very hirsute. In American history, all have shared the platform equally, as freaks, human oddities, their only commonality their assigned role of anomalous other to the gathered throngs.