Book List


Book List

This is an incomplete look at some fiction, memoir (and occasional non-fiction) books about life with a disability. Have you read something you’d like to see on this list?  Send an email to 

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

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