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BOOK SUGGESTIONS!

This variety of reads celebrates the intersection of different identities and disability for the avid reader and occasional browser.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman.

This book set in India about a young dancer named Veda. During the book, Veda becomes an amputee, and relearns to dance while navigating her new disability. A time to dance is written in verse, or poetry, form. The book is a Young Adult historical fiction book.

Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History by Jaipreet Virdi. Hearing Happiness is an academic book, but much of it is told in stories, and is inspired by the author’s experiences with her own deaf identity reckoning with the history she studies. The book explores the history of assistive technologies through the lens of the lived experiences of those using, and sometimes also making, them. The book is nonfiction. If you aren’t up for a book, but interviews are your speed, read an interview with the author here.

The Temple of Earth and I by Shi Tiesheng is an essay and short story about the author’s experiences with disability discrimination. The essay reflects the author’s own childhood and early adult experiences and engages the contemporary culture – and ableism – that the author grappled with.

Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman. The main character, Moses, is a young deaf drummer. In the book, he is invited with his classmates to go to a concert. The book includes, and also teaches, ASL signs at the bottom of each page. Moses Goes to a Concert is a children’s book.

This is just a short list – feel free to reach out and share reads you’ve enjoyed. Happy reading!