Coming Together 2022: Books for Adults

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  • Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century


    One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

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  • Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice

    2018 by Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi

    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.

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  • About Us

    by Catapano, Peter

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

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  • Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism

    2021 by Sjunneson, Elsa

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

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  • Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally

    2021 by Ladau, Emily

    An approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do, what not to do, and how you can help make the world a more accessible, inclusive place.

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  • From the Periphery: Real-Life Stories of Disability

    2020 by Justesen, Pia

    Nearly 40 first-person narratives from activists and everyday people who describe what it’s like to be treated differently by society because of their disabilities. Their stories are raw and painful, and also surprisingly funny and deeply moving—describing anger, independence, bigotry, solidarity, and love, in the family, at school, and in the workplace.

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  • The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me

    2019 by Brown, Keah

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

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  • Get A Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel

    2019 by Hibbert, Talia

    A witty, hilarious romantic comedy about a woman who’s tired of being “boring” and recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her experience new things.

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