A disability reading list

This is an incomplete look at some fiction, memoir (and occasional non-fiction) books about life with a disability.

 

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  • Anderson, Catherine: Annie's Song

  • Bayley, John: Elegy for Iris

  • Beck, Martha: EXPECTING ADAM: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

  • Bender, Karen: Like Normal People

  • Brown, Rosellen: Tender Mercies

  • Butler Hathaway, Katharine: The Little Locksmith: A Memoir

  • Callahan, John: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

  • Callahan, John: Will the Real John Callahan Please Stand Up?: A Quasi Memoir

  • Cusk, Rachel: The Country Life

  • Deaver, Jeff: A Maiden's Grave

  • Dunn, Katherine: Geek Love

  • Dyer, KC: Shades of red

  • Finger, Ann: Bone Truth

  • Fox, Laurie Anne: My sister from the Black Lagoon

  • Fries, Kenney: Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out

  • Fries, Kenney: Body, Remember: A Memoir

  • Ganz, Heidi: Sparrows on Wheels

  • Gilson, Jaime: Do bananas chew gum?

  • Grealy, Lucy: Autobiography of a Face

  • Green, Hannah: I never promised you a rose garden

  • Greenberg, Joannn: Of Such Small Differences

  • Grimley Mason, Mary Life: Prints: A Memoir Of Healing And Discovery

  • Groom, Winston: Forrest Gump

  • Haddon, Mark: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

  • Hecht, Daniel: Skull Session

  • Heinlein, Robert: Waldo

  • Herrmann, Dorothy: Helen Keller: A Life

  • Hodgson Burnette, Frances: The Secret Garden

  • Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Hulme, Keri: The Bone People

  • Itari, Frances: Deafening

  • Karp, Gary (Editor), Stanley D. Klein (Editor): From There to Here: Stories of Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury

  • Keith, Lois: What Happened to You: Writing by Disabled Women

  • Keith, Lois: Take Up thy Bed And Walk

  • Keyes, Daniel: Flowers for Algernon

  • Kingsolver, Barbara: The Poisonwood Bible

  • Konigsburg, E.L.: The View from Saturday

  • Koontz, Dean: One Door Away from Heaven

  • Kriegel, Leonard: Flying Solo: Reimagining Manhood, Courage, and Loss

  • Lethem, Jonathan: Motherless Brooklyn

  • Longmore, Paul K.: Why I Burned My Book and Other Essays on Disability

  • Lott, Brett: Jewel

  • Mairs, Nancy: Waist High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled

  • Mazza, Chris: Disability

  • McCullers, Carson: The Ballad of Sad Cafe and Other Stories

  • Mee, Charles L.: A Nearly Normal Life

  • Nichol, James W.: Midnight Cab

  • Nixon, Shelley: From where I sit : making my way with cerebral palsy

  • O'Brein, Ruth: Bodies in Revolt: Gender, Disability, and the Workplace

  • Packer, Ann: The Dive From Clausen's Pier : A Novel

  • Panzarino, Connie: The me in the mirror

  • Peck, M. Scott: A Bed By the Window

  • Philbrick, W.R.: Freak the Mighty

  • Picoult, Jodi: My Sister's Keeper : A Novel

  • Picoult, Jodi: Mercy

  • Plain, Belva: Daybreak

  • Pointon, Anne and Chris Davies: Framed: Interrogating Disability in the Media.

  • Pomerance, Bernard: The Elephant Man: A Play

  • Rainer Dart, Iris: When I Fall In Love

  • Romkema, Chris: Embracing the Sky, Poems beyond Disability

  • Roos, Stephen: The Gypsies Never Came

  • Russell, Marta: Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract

  • Safran Foer, Jonathan: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • Sherer Jacobson, Denise: The Question Of David: A Disabled Mother's Journey Through Adoption, Family, and Life

  • Sturgeon, Theodore: The Clinic

  • Wahl, Otto F.: Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness.

  • Wilde Mayerson, Evelyn: Sanjo

  • Woods, Stuart: Dead Eyes