reading list

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

Memoir

The Undying by Anne Boyer

The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang

Constellations by Sinéad Gleeson

I Choose Elena by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Notes Made While Falling by Jenn Ashworth

Happening by Annie Ernaux

Inferno by Catherine Cho

Sick by Porochista Khakpour

Your Voice In My Head by Emma Forrest

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Notes to Self by Emilie Pine

Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman

Hunger by Roxane Gay

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

The Shapeless Unease by Samantha Harvey

Ill Feelings by Alice Hattrick

Non Fiction/essay

Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Pain Woman Takes Your Keys by Sonya Huber

Crippled by Frances Ryan

Invisible by Michele Lent Hirsch

Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery

Feminist, Queer, Crip by Alison Kafer

Health Justice Now by Timothy Faust

Exposure by Olivia Sudjic

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 Body in Pain by Elaine Scarry

Brilliant Imperfection by Eli Clare

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

Conditioner by Liz Barr

Fiction

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottesa Moshfegh

Please Read This Leaflet Carefully by Karen Havelin

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Hotel World by Ali Smith

Poetry/other

Tender Points by Amy Berkowitz

Sanatorium by Abi Palmer

Rheuma by William Gee

In the Sick Hour by Jane Hartshorn & Kaiya Waerea 

Curses, Curses by Kirstie Millar & Alice Blackstock 

Metamorphosis by Charlotte Lunn

Anthologies

Criptiques edited by Caitlin Wood

A Queer Anthology of Sickness published by Pilot Press 

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

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

On Bodies published by 3 of Cups Press

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