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Memoirs

These memoirs were accumulated on the SDS listserv. They are primarily written by people with disabilities, but some by their extended family members. Where they can be purchased or borrowed is included when possible.

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Zach Anner, If at Birth You Don’t Succeed (Henry Holt, 2016). http://ifatbirthyoudontsucceed.com/  

Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death (Knopf Group, 2008)  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/9616/the-diving-bell-and-the-butterfly-by-jean-dominique-bauby/

Cece Bell, El Deafo (Abrams Books, 2014.) https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/el-deafo_9781419712173/

 Keah Brown, The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me. (Atria Books, and Abrams,  2019).  https://keahbrown.com/pretty-one/ (audiobook available)

Lydia X. Z. Brown, All the Weight of our Dreams: On Living Radicialized Autism (Dragonbee Press, 2017)

John Callahan, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot: The Autobiography of a Dangerous Man. (Vintage Books, 1989). http://www.graphicmedicine.org/comic-reviews/dont-worry-he-wont-get-far-on-foot/ 

Eli Clare, Exile and Pride (Duke University Press, 2015). https://www.dukeupress.edu/exile-and-pride

Kevin Michael Connolly, Double Take (HarperCollins, 2009).  http://kevinmichaelconnolly.com/double-take/ (audiobook available)

Christina Crosby A Body, Undone: Living On After Great Pain (NYU Press, 2016). https://nyupress.org/9781479833535/a-body-undone/

George Estreich The Shape of the Eye (TarcherPerigee, 2013)  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/313281/the-shape-of-the-eye-by-george-estreich/

 Jim Ferris, The Hospital Poems (Main Street Rag, 2004)

Carly Findlay, Say Hello, (4th Estate, 2019) https://carlyfindlay.com.au/sayhello/

Anne Finger, Past Due (SealPress 1993)

-Elegy to a Disease (St. Martin’s Press 2013).  https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781466852969

Ellen Forney, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir (Avery, 2012). http://marblesbyellenforney.com/

Matt Freedman, Relatively Indolent but Relentless (Seven Stories, 2014).  http://www.graphicmedicine.org/comic-reviews/relatively-indolent-but-relentless-a-cancer-treatment-journal/

Terry Galloway, Mean Little Deaf Queer (Beacon Press, 2009).  http://www.beacon.org/Mean-Little-deaf-Queer-P817.aspx (in Cook Library & audiobook available)

Haben Girma, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law. (Twelve, 2019). https://habengirma.com/book/ (in Cook Library & audiobook available)

Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures (Doubleday, 1995). https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Pictures-Expanded-Life-Autism/dp/0307275655 (audiobook available)

 Lucy Grealy, Autobiography of a Face (Houghton Mifflin, 1994).  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/autobiography-of-a-face-lucy-grealy/1100623299#/ (audiobook available)

Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism (Random House, 2013) (in Cook Library) http://thereasonijump.com/ (audiobook available)

Robert Hoge, Ugly: A Beautiful True Story about One Very Ugly Kid  (Hatchette Australia, 2015).

John M. Hull, Touching the Rock: An experience of Blindness (Pantheon, 1991)

Harriet McBryde Johnson, Too Late To Die Young (Picador, 2006). https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780312425715

Rod Michalko, The Two in One: Walking with Smokie, Walking with Blindness (Temple University Press, 2011) http://tupress.temple.edu/book/3572

Merri Lisa Johnson, Girl in need of a tourniquet (Seal Press, 2010). http://www.merrilisajohnson.com/ 


Helen Keller, The World I live In and Optimism (Dover, 2009) 
https://www.nyrb.com/products/the-world-i-live-in?variant=1094932821

Georgina Kleege, Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller. (Gallaudet University Press, 2009) http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/bookpage/BRbookpage.html

Stephen Kuusisto, Planet of the Blind (Dial Press, 1997).  https://stephenkuusisto.com/planet-of-the-blind/   

- Have Dog, Will Travel. (Simon & Schuster, 2008)

Emmanuelle Laborit, Cry of the Gull (Gallaudet University Press, 1999) http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/0726.html

Laurie Clements Lambeth, Veil and Burn  National Poetry Series (University of Illinois Press, 20190) https://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/28dpn8rk9780252032769.html

Nadina LaSpina,  Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride (NYU Press, 2019).  https://nyupress.org/9781613320990/such-a-pretty-girl/

Simi Linton, My Body Politic (University of Michigan Press, 2006). http://www.similinton.com/mbp.htm.

Nancy Mairs, Waist High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled (Beacon Press, 2001) http://www.beacon.org/Waist-High-in-the-World-P410.aspx

Jonathan Mooney, The Short Bus. A journey beyond normal (Holt, 2008).  https://www.jonathanmooney.com/team-member/shortbus

Robert F. Murphy, The Body  Silent: The Different World of the Disabled (W.W. Norton & Co, 2001)

Corbett O’Toole, Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History (Reclamation Press, 2019) https://www.reclapress.com/all-about-corbett-and-fading-scars/

Martin Pistorius, Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body (Thomas Nelson, 2013) http://www.ghostboybook.com/ 

Sarah Reinertsen,In a Single Bound: Losing My Leg, Finding Myself, and Training for Life (Lyons Press, 2010) https://www.alwaystri.com/my-book/

Harilyn Russo, Don’t Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back (Temple University Press, 2013). http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/2235_reg.html

Elyn Saks, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (Hyperion, 2007). http://hyperionbooks.com/book/the-center-cannot-hold-my-journey-through-madness/ 

Georgia Weber, Dumb: Living without a Voice (Fantagraphics, 2018)  https://www.fantagraphics.com/

Esme Weijun Wang, The Collected Schizophrenias (Graywold Press, 2019) https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/collected-schizophrenias

Elissa Washuta, My Body is a Book of Rules  (Red Hen Press, 2014)  https://redhen.org/my-body-is-a-book-of-rules-reviews-media/

Alice Wong, Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century (Randon House, 2020)

Caitlin Wood, Criptiques (May Day 2014)

  • https://criptiques.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/crip-final-2.pdf

Didn't find what you were hoping to find?  See if your library has these:

Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Experiences, edited by G. Thomas Couser and Susannah B. Mintz. 2 volumes, MacMillan Reference USA, 2019.  https://www.gale.com/ebooks/on-gvrl/disability-experiences