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Disability Lit

These books are by, for, and about people living with disabilities and various ability statuses. Whether neurodivergent, physically disabled, or any combination of the two, these characters and authors offer a diverse array of stories.

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown

A Novel
The Brown Sisters: Book #1

By Talia Hibbert
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 10 hours 41 minutes

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Get a Life, Chloe Brown is such a wonderful, inclusive, body-positive, fun, moving, and steamy book, the kind of novel I want to shove into every person’s hand who says they don’t read romance. Chloe Brown is a plus-size black British woman with chronic illness who is confident, sharp, sarcastic, brilliant, and adorable as hell—and, to my great relief, totally comfortable and happy with her looks and her size. After being temporarily knocked down by her illness, Chloe decides to reclaim her life, so she makes a to-do list: ride a motorcycle, have meaningless sex, go camping, etc. It was such an absolute treat to read a novel about a plus-size woman with a disability having amazing, mind-blowing sex and loving her life. I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about this book, so instead I will just force everyone I know to read it.”

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Burnt Sugar

By Avni Doshi
Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
Length: 8 hours 35 minutes

Shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, a searing literary debut novel set in India about mothers and daughters, obsession and betrayal “I would be lying if I said my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure,” says Antara, Tara’s now-adult daughter. This is a love story and a story about betrayal—not between lovers but between a mother and... Read more »

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Black Sun

Between Earth and Sky: Book #1

By Rebecca Roanhorse
Narrated by: Cara Gee, Nicole Lewis, Kaipo Schwab & Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 12 hours 46 minutes

If you enjoyed The Unspoken Name, then you’ll love Black Sun.

“AHHHH!! READ THIS BOOK!! This is wonderfully written and epic with world building. From a swashbuckling sea woman to a harbinger of death (and crows) and a glorified sun priestess—this book has it all! I want to get lost in this book. More importantly, I want Serapio and Xiala to have a happy ending... Where is book two??”

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NeuroTribes

The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

By Steve Silberman
Narrated by: William Hughes
Length: 18 hours 46 minutes

What is autism: a lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more—and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who...

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About Us

Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times

By Peter Catapano & Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross & Coleen Marlo
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

Boldly claiming a space in which people with disabilities can be seen and heard as they are—not as others perceive them—About Us captures the voices of a community that has for too long been stereotyped and misrepresented. Speaking not only to those with disabilities, but also to their families, coworkers, and support networks, the authors in... Read more »

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Be Different

Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers

By John Elder Robison
Narrated by: John Elder Robison
Length: 6 hours

“I believe those of us with Asperger’s are here for a reason, and we have much to offer. This book will help you bring out those gifts.”
 
In his bestselling memoir, Look Me in the Eye, John Elder Robison described growing up with Asperger’s syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn’t exist. He was intelligent but socially isolated; his talents... Read more »

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A Brief History of Time

From the Big Bang to Black Holes

By Stephen Hawking
Narrated by: Michael Jackson
Length: 5 hours 48 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Here is Stephen Hawking's landmark volume in science writing. One of the greatest minds of our time explores profound questions such as: How did the universe begin—and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending—or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space?...

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The Pretty One

On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me

By Keah Brown
Narrated by: Keah Brown
Length: 9 hours 27 minutes

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.

Keah Brown loves herself, but that hadn’t always been the case. Born with cerebral palsy, her greatest desire... Read more »

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The Reason I Jump

The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

By Naoki Higashida
Narrated by: Tom Picasso
Length: 2 hours 27 minutes

You' ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought... Read more »

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Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8

A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism

By Naoki Higashida
Narrated by: David Mitchell & Thomas Judd
Length: 3 hours 46 minutes

From the author of the bestselling The Reason I Jump, an extraordinary self-portrait of a young adult with autism

“Essential reading for parents and teachers of those with autism who remain nonverbal.”—Temple Grandin

Naoki Higashida was only thirteen when he wrote The Reason I Jump, a revelatory account of autism from the inside by a nonverbal... Read more »

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Continuum

Pocket Change Collective

By Chella Man
Narrated by: Chella Man
Length: 1 hours 4 minutes

Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space. Space to think. Space to connect. Space to be yourself. And this is your invitation to join us.

"Chella chronicles the value in creating your own mold in order to reclaim your space and to feel represented in this always ever-evolving world, and he inspires others to stretch what it means...
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Even If We Break

By Marieke Nijkamp
Narrated by: Jeffrey Brick, Jer Adrianne Lelliott, Amanda Dolan, Cassandra Morris & MW Cartozian Wilson
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp comes a shocking new thriller about a group of friends who go to a cabin to play a murder mystery game...only to have the game turned against them. FIVE friends go to a cabin. FOUR of them are hiding secrets. THREE years of history bind them. TWO are doomed from the start. ONE person... Read more »

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The Chance to Fly

By Ali Stroker & Stacy Davidowitz
Narrated by: Ali Stroker
Length: 6 hours 42 minutes

A heartfelt middle-grade novel about a theater-loving girl who uses a wheelchair for mobility and her quest to defy expectations--and gravity--from Tony award-winning actress Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz

Thirteen-year-old Nat Beacon loves a lot of things: her dog Warbucks, her best friend Chloe, and competing on her wheelchair racing team,... Read more »

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Forget Me Not

By Ellie Terry
Narrated by: Heather Costa & Matt Godfrey
Length: 2 hours 45 minutes

Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the kids at her new school realize she's different. Only Calliope's neighbor, who is also the popular student body president, sees... Read more »

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Roll with It

By Jamie Sumner
Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
Length: 4 hours 29 minutes

“A big-hearted story that’s as sweet as it is awesome.” —R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder
“An honest, emotionally rich take on disability, family, and growing up.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

In the tradition of Wonder and Out of My Mind, this big-hearted middle grade debut tells the story of an irrepressible girl with cerebral palsy whose... Read more »

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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Life of a Cactus: Book #1

By Dusti Bowling
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Length: 5 hours 26 minutes

The audio edition of the bestselling middle grade novel about a spunky girl born without arms and a boy with Tourette syndrome navigating the challenges of middle school, disability, and friendship—all while solving a mystery in a western theme park.

Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a... Read more »

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Out of My Mind

By Sharon M. Draper
Narrated by: Sisi Aisha Johnson
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

A New York Times bestseller for three years and counting!

“A gutsy, candid, and compelling story. It speaks volumes.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“Unflinching and realistic.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes a story that will forever change how we all look at anyone with a disability,... Read more »

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