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Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century
Edited by Alice Wong
Vintage Books / June 30, 2020
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ISBN 9781984899422 (paperback) 9781984899439 (ebook)
Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together an urgent, galvanizing collection of personal essays by contemporary disabled writers.
From original pieces by up-and-coming authors like Keah Brown and Haben Girma, to blog posts, manifestos, eulogies, testimonies to Congress, and beyond: this anthology gives a glimpse of the vast richness and complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own assumptions and understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and past with hope and love.
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Reviews and Media
“June 2020 Reads for the Rest of Us,” Karla Strand, June 3, 2020, Ms. Magazine.
“New Works by Writers with Disabilities Hit Publisher Lists,” Alex Green, April 3, 2020, Publisher’s Weekly.
Alice Wong should be in charge of editing all books. Even better, Alice Wong should be in charge of everything! To Alice, words like ‘diversity’ and ‘intersectionality’ aren’t just buzzwords. They are marching orders. In this book, she has collected a staggering array of stories from writers who experience disability in vastly different ways. This isn’t meant to be THE DEFINITIVE BOOK on disability. It is a doorway, and Alice is inviting us all to go through the doorway and continue our learning process. She even ends the collection with a bibliography that extends far beyond your standard reading list. Whether you currently consider yourself part of the disability community or not, you’re gonna want to take in the wisdom woven throughout this book. Now more than ever, our society desperately needs to listen to and take action on the changes disabled artists and activists have been demanding for so long. I am lucky she is my friend.
—W. Kamau Bell, host of United Shades of America
Harriet Tubman Collective
Talila A. Lewis
Harriet McBryde Johnson
Reyma McCoy McDeid
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Ricardo T. Thornton, Sr.
Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People (October 2018).