In line with my life goal to get disability included in diversity discussions on Twitter and elsewhere, I wanted to share six books about disability that I really want to read. I wanted to include both fiction and non-fiction books, so I can talk about some of the incredible criticism I’m reading and writing about for Honours. Before I go on a rant, let’s get started.
Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys
This one isn’t out just yet, but it’s being released in November so it’s not too long of a wait. The main character Hope has cystic fibrosis, which is something I’ve never read about. It’s also a bit of a mystery/thriller, so the whole thing sounds very much like my kind of book. I’m hoping to pick this up at the library after its release.
Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara
This one has been on my TBR for years now before I even knew it was about disability. (It was totally for the cover, okay?) It features multiple sclerosis, but I’m unsure as to how big of a role that plays. It does also look at depression, and I’ve heard very good things about its representation.
Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum
I keep seeing this book on the Goodreads Disability Studies genre page, and for the longest time I had it in my mind that it was non-fiction. It’s actually YA, so I’m even more excited about it now. According to Disability in KidLit, it features cerebral palsy, paralysis, muscular disorder, quadriplegia and wheelchair use as well as being own voices. If that doesn’t sound incredibly important to you then I just don’t understand you.
Feminist, Queer, Crip by Alison Kafer
This is one of the first books I found, and every time I see it I get even more excited about it. After reading Extraordinary Bodies, I’m really interesting in looking at disability from a feminist perspective. I think there’s a lot of interesting discussion to be had there. There are some mixed views on this book, but I want to read it myself to see.
Staring: How We Look by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Back to Extraordinary Bodies for a moment here. After I read that, I decided that I needed to read everything Rosemarie Garland-Thomson has ever written. This one seems like a good place to go next. I’m very aware of how my disability attracts stares in public—as a pre-teen it was something that very much bothered me. I’d be very interested to see what Garland-Thomson has to say on the matter.
In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker
I’m reading this one right now, about a week before this post goes up, but it’s so large that I don’t think I’ll get through it. My focus lately has mostly been on physical disabilities because that’s what I have, but I want to learn about everything. Already I feel like I know and understand more about autism.
Quickly before I go, I just wanted to ask if anyone would be interested in hearing a little more about my Honours. I can’t share too much obviously, but I was thinking of doing just a basic overview. I don’t know whether anyone would be interested or if I should just keep bombarding my supervisor and Emily with messages instead. Let me know in the comments how you feel.
No matter what, I’ll still be talking about disability both on here and on Twitter. I’ve been teaching myself and exploring books and websites the last couple of months so I can share some more stuff with you. Until then…