reading list

A selection of books on illness, the body, disability, pain, and trauma

The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Constellations by Sinéad Gleeson

I Choose Elena by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Sick by Porochista Khakpour

Notes Made While Falling by Jenn Ashworth

Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System by Sonya Huber

Please Read This Leaflet Carefully by Karen Havelin

Crippled: Austerity and the Demonization of Disabled People by Frances Ryan

Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest

Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine by Michele Lent Hirsch

Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery

Feminist, Queer, Crip by Alison Kafer

Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next by Timothy Faust 

The Undying by Anne Boyer

Kindling by Aurora Levins Morales 

Exposure by Olivia Sudjic

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag 

Disability Aesthetics by Tobin Anthony Siebers

Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction by Sami Schalk

What Her Body Thought: A Journey Into the Shadows by Susan Griffin

The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability by Susan Wendell

When the Sick Rule the World by Dodie Bellamy

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World by Elaine Scarry

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Criptiques edited by Caitlin Wood

Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure by Eli Clare

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine

Happening by Annie Ernaux

The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me by Keah Brown

Sick Woman Theory by Johanna Hedva

Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag

Life in the Sick-Room by Harriet Martineau

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

On Being Ill by Virginia Woolf

Remembering The Bone House: An Erotics of Place and Space by Nancy Mairs

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