Books to Read for Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month. Join the library in recognizing the uniqueness and diversity of the disability community!

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which passed on July 26, 1990. A landmark civil rights law, the act prohibits discrimination based on disability. If you’re looking for book recommendations this month, check out our list below.

Adult Nonfiction

I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder by Sara Kurchak

Sara Kurchak grew up in small-town Ontario in the 1980s and ’90s, where she tried early in childhood and her teenage years to alter everything from her personality to body language to protect herself from bullying. When she was diagnosed at 27 with autism, she was already dealing with depression and anxiety largely caused by such coping strategies. Her memoir fields topics like autism parenting culture, love, sex, alcohol, obsessions and even professional pillow fighting. All the while, it challenges stereotypes and preconceptions about autism and considers what might really make the lives of autistic people healthier, happier and more fulfilling.
You can hear from Kurchak herself as part of the Newport Branch’s Signature Series on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 pm.
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Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig
A disability advocate, Rebekah Taussig has been paralyzed for as long as she can remember. Growing up in the 1990s and early 2000s, she only saw a limited scope of disability represented in the media. As the book’s description reads: “None of it felt right; and as she got older, she longed for more stories that allowed disability to be complex and ordinary, uncomfortable and fine, painful and fulfilling.”
Told in a series of essays, her memoir reflects on everything from the complications of kindness and charity, living both independently and dependently, experiencing intimacy and how ableism portrayed in our media affects everyday life.
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Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc
How have fairy tales shaped our view of disability? Through a twenty-first century disablist lens, Amanda Leduc tries to make sense of fairy tale archetypes, from Brothers Grimm to Disney. At the same time, she links these examinations to how we can create new kinds of stories that celebrate differences.
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Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

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