Books on disability rights, activism, and theory. Check out our children's disability titles in the store as well.
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.
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.
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.
“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 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.
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.
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.
The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability is the first complete sex guide for people who live with disabilities, pain, illness, or chronic conditions.
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.
First published in 1999, the groundbreaking Exile and Pride is essential to the history and future of disability politics.
Boldly claiming a space in which people with disabilities can be seen and heard as they are--not as others perceive them--About Us captures the voices of a community that has for too long been stereotyped and misrepresented.
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.
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.$29.65ISBN: 9780822369189Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$30.80ISBN: 9780814757130Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New York University Press - June 1st, 2006
Crip Theory attends to the contemporary cultures of disability and queerness that are coming out all over.$26.35ISBN: 9780472032365Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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. . . .$24.00ISBN: 9780674022522Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$17.96ISBN: 9781941026359Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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."$21.95ISBN: 9781926743479Availability: Special OrderPublished: 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.$28.00ISBN: 9780253223401Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$27.00ISBN: 9781941960028Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$15.26ISBN: 9781631523915Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$33.00ISBN: 9780814782224Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.