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What I am reading:

Books about Disability

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No Pitty

Joseph P. Shaprio

People with disabilities forging the newest and last human rights movement of the century.

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Find Another Dream

Maysoon Zayid

Find Another Dream, written and performed by Maysoon Zayid, is the true story of how a Muslim Jersey girl with cerebral palsy created her own path to stardom.

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Being Heumann

Judith Heumann

One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human.

Staring: How we Look


Rosemarie Garland-Thompson

Drawing on examples from art, media, fashion, history and memoir, cultural critic Rosemarie Garland-Thomson tackles a basic human interaction which has remained curiously unexplored, the human stare. 

Enforcing Normalcy


Lennard J. Davis

In this highly original study of the cultural assumptions governing our conception of people with disabilities, Lennard J. Davis argues forcefully against 'ableist' discourse and for a complete recasting of the category of disability itself.



Erving Goffman

From the author of The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Stigma is analyzes a person’s feelings about himself and his relationship to people whom society calls “normal.”

Books about understanding ourselves 

Daring Greatly


Brené Brown, PhD

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

Mating in Captivity


Esther Perel

"Esther Perel takes on tough questions, grappling with the obstacles and anxieties that arise when our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. She invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home."

The Body Keeps the Score


Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD

A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing.

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On Beauty and Being Just

Elaine Scarry, PhD

Scarry argues that our responses to beauty are perceptual events of profound significance for the individual and for society. Presenting us with a rare and exceptional opportunity to witness fairness, beauty assists us in our attention to justice. The beautiful object renders fairness, an abstract concept, concrete by making it directly available to our sensory perceptions

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Far from the Tree

Andrew Solomon

"Andrew Solomon’s startling proposition in Far from the Tree is that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition—that difference is what unites us."


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