Books by Disabled Authors

Support chronically ill and disabled writers by buying from this curated list!
Nonfiction
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Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness by Allison Alexander
With relatable humour, Allison Alexander is brutally honest in this book, which is part vulnerable memoir, part qualitative research, and part insight into pop culture. Delving in to what living with a chronic illness is like, Super Sick is a friendly hand to anyone living with a disability.

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Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler
Kate studies the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of God’s disapproval. In this book, she faces cancer, her own mortality, and the fact that positive thinking can't erase her illness.

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Aches, Pains, and Love: A Guide to Dating and Relationships for Those with Chronic Pain and Illness by Kira Lynne
Twenty years ago, a doctor told Kira Lynne that she would never be able to have an intimate relationship due to her chronic health conditions. Having proven that doctor wrong, Kira set out to write this book.

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Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery
Offering an explanation of the root causes of this insidious and entrenched bias and laying out its consequences, Doing Harm is a rallying wake-up call that will change the way we look at health care for women.

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Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine by Michele Lent Hirsch
Lent Hirsch weaves her own experiences with stories from other women, perspectives from sociologists, and insights from neuroscientists on misogyny in health research.

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Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc
Amanda Leduc looks at fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney, showing us how they influence our expectations and behaviour and linking the quest for disability rights to new kinds of stories that celebrate difference.

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
In this book, according to the author: "Pictures. Words. Stories about things that happened to me. Stories about things that happened to other people because of me. Eight billion dollars.* Stories about dogs. The secret to eternal happiness.*
*These are lies."

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Disability Visibility by Alice Wong
Activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people. From Harriet McBryde Johnson's account of her debate with Peter Singer over her own personhood to original pieces by authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma...

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Guts by Raina Telgemeier
Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session.

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How to Be Sick by Toni Bernhard
The must-have guide to help you cope with the pain and uncertainty of illness and navigate your relationships with family, friends, and medical professionals. You won't be alone when you have this pocket-sized treasure of transformative practices, written by beloved bestselling author Toni Bernhard.

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The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me by Keah Brown
From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign, a thoughtful, inspiring, and charming collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America.

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Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics by Lara Parker
With unflinching honesty, Lara Parker, the Deputy Director for BuzzFeed, shares her day-to-day challenges of living, working, and loving with chronic pain caused by endometriosis in this raw, darkly humorous, and hopeful memoir.

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Disabled Voices Anthology by sb Smith
Disabled Voices embraces multiple perspectives on Disability culture, community, and identity. From the bad and ugly, to the good and victorious, and anything in between, Disabled Voices is a vibrant part of that krip literary future that is now.

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy
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Updraft by Fran Wilde
In a city of living bone rising high above the clouds, where danger hides in the wind and the ground is lost to legend, a young woman must expose a dangerous secret to save everyone she loves. Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage.

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Accessing the Future by Djibril Al-Ayad
The fifteen authors and nine artists in this volume bring us beautiful, speculative stories of disability and mental illness in the future. Teeming with space pirates, battle robots, interstellar travel and genetically engineered creatures, every story and image is a quality, crafted work of science fiction in its own right.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first. An epic new exploration of the Grisha universe from the writer of SHADOW AND BONE, totally consuming for both old fans and new.

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Tamberlane by Caytlin Vilbrandt
Belfry is forgetful, accident-prone, and not ready for responsibility, but a snap decision to take in a young, abandoned creature will change her life forever. Tamberlane is a gorgeous (and adorable) graphic novel about a bat and a little girl, written and illustrated by an author with fibromyalgia.

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Borderline by Mishell Baker
A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she's sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.

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Everfair by Nisi Shawl
Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told... in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced.

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On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
January 29, 2035. That's the day the comet is scheduled to hit the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast... Denise is autistic and fears that she'll never be allowed to stay.

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
 Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

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Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics.

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The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening… Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York...

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Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Bryn
The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.

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