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

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 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.

Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability Cover Image
ISBN: 9781517901646
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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.

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.

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.

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

A bold and contemporary discourse of the intersection of disability studies and queer studies

My Body Politic: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780472032365
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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)
ISBN: 9781941026359
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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."

Hot, Wet, and Shaking: 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

2019 Living Now Book Awards Gold Medal Winner in Inspirational/Memoir (Female) 2018 Sarton Women's Book Awards finalist in Memoir Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018 2018 Sarton Women's Book Awards Silver Medal 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.