reading list

Essays, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and poetry relating to the body, illness, pain, disability, trauma, and more.

The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang

Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

 My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottesa 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 by Sonya Huber

Please Read This Leaflet Carefully by Karen Havelin

Crippled by Frances Ryan

Your Voice In My Head by Emma Forrest

Invisible by Michele Lent Hirsch

Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery

Feminist, Queer, Crip by Alison Kafer

Health Justice Now 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 by Sami Schalk

What Her Body Thought by Susan Griffin 

The Rejected Body by Susan Wendell

When The Sick Rule The World by Dodie Bellamy 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Body in Pain by Elaine Scarry

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Criptiques edited by Caitlin Wood

Brilliant Imperfection by Eli Clare

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine

Happening by Annie Ernaux

The Pretty One by Keah Maria

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 by Nora Ephron 

Sanatorium by Abi Palmer

Inferno by Catherine Cho

The State of Me by Nasim Marie Jafry

Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman

Hunger by Roxane Gay

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Cusp: Feminist Writing on Bodies, Myth & Magic by Ache magazine

Rheuma by William Gee

Conditioner by Liz Barr

Hysteria: A memoir of illness, strength and women’s stories throughout history by Katerina Bryant

Places I’ve Taken My Body: Essays by Molly McCully Brown

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century edited by Alice Wong

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

On Bodies: an anthology by 3 of Cups Press


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