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Disability Pride

National Disability Independence Day on July 26 commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, 1990. Celebrate with a read from Booksweet's Disability Pride list, a collection of fiction and nonfiction that explores the lives of people with disabilities.

The Future Is Disabled

Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs

By: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Narrated by: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Length: 9 hours 20 minutes

In The Future Is Disabled, Leah Laksmi Piepzna-Samarasinha asks some provocative questions: What if, in the near future, the majority of people will be disabled—and what if that's not a bad thing? And what if disability justice and disabled wisdom are crucial to creating a future in which it's possible to survive fascism, climate change, and... Read more

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Demystifying Disability

What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally

By: Emily Ladau
Narrated by: Emily Ladau
Length: 4 hours 24 minutes

An approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more inclusive place
 
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: NPR, Booklist • “A candid, accessible cheat sheet for anyone who wants to thoughtfully join the conversation... Read more

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The Book Eaters

By: Sunyi Dean
Narrated by: Katie Erich
Length: 13 hours 27 minutes

“This is a fantasy novel that I think readers of all genres will enjoy. It is rare that a book with this compelling of a premise pulls it off so well - but The Book Eaters did just that, and more! I loved listening to this dark fairy tale. Sunyi Dean filled the book with wonderfully complex characters and impeccable world building. The... Read more

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El Deafo

By: Cece Bell
Narrated by: Sarah Tubert, Lexi Finigan, Jennifer Aquino, Fred Berman, Bailey Carr, Nicky Endres, Matt Godfrey, Avi Roque & Sanya Simmons
Length: 2 hours 32 minutes

Winner of the American Library Association’s 2024 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production! 

The beloved #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor winning graphic novel, adapted for audio with a full cast and sound effects.


El Deafo is now streaming on Apple TV+. The Guardian called the animated series: "Sweet, funny, poignant... Read more

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

A novel

By: Gabrielle Zevin
Narrated by: Jennifer Kim & Julian Cihi
Length: 13 hours 51 minutes

“Loved this title and we would like to use it for one of our bookclub months. Read more

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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

This New York Times bestseller upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.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... Read more

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Just Ask!

Be Different, Be Brave, Be You

By: Sonia Sotomayor
Narrated by: Ali Stroker & Sonia Sotomayor
Length: 11 minutes

A #1 New York Times bestseller!

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique.


Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable,... Read more

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True Biz

A Novel

By: Sara Novic
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan & Kaleo Griffith
Length: 10 hours 22 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • A “tender, beautiful and radiantly outraged” (The New York Times Book Review) novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf, from the acclaimed author of Girl at War

“For those who loved the...
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May Tomorrow Be Awake

On Poetry, Autism, and Our Neurodiverse Future

By: Chris Martin
Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
Length: 7 hours 52 minutes

An author and educator’s pioneering approach to helping autistic students find their voices through poetry—a powerful and uplifting story that shows us how to better communicate with people on the spectrum and explores how we use language to express our seemingly limitless interior lives.
Adults often find it difficult to communicate with... Read more

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Disability Pride

Dispatches from a Post-ADA World

By: Ben Mattlin
Narrated by: Anthony Michael Lopez
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

An eye-opening portrait of the diverse disability community as it is today, and how disability attitudes, activism, and representation have evolved since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

In Disability Pride, disabled journalist Ben Mattlin weaves together interviews and reportage to introduce a cavalcade of individuals,... Read more

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Breathe and Count Back from Ten

By: Natalia Sylvester
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 9 hours 13 minutes

In this gorgeously written and authentic novel, Verónica, a Peruvian-American teen with hip dysplasia, auditions to become a mermaid at a Central Florida theme park in the summer before her senior year, all while figuring out her first real boyfriend and how to feel safe in her own body.Verónica has had many surgeries to manage her disability.... Read more

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Disability Visibility (Adapted for Young Adults)

First-Person Stories for Today

By: Alice Wong
Narrated by: Sarah Ann Masse, Anthony Michael Lopez & Alice Wong
Length: 2 hours 44 minutes

Disabled young people will be proud to see themselves reflected in this hopeful, compelling, and insightful essay collection, adapted for young adults from the critically acclaimed adult book, Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century that "sheds light on the experience of life as an individual with disabilities,... Read more

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Quietly Hostile

Essays

By: Samantha Irby
Narrated by: Samantha Irby
Length: 9 hours 31 minutes

Quietly Hostile only reinforced the love I already have for Samantha Irby’s writing. I love listening to frank and humorous way she tackles everything from relationships to Red Lobster to bodily functions. Her books, especially the audio recordings, are always ones I look forward to! Read more

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Essays

By: Samantha Irby
Narrated by: Samantha Irby
Length: 9 hours 16 minutes

“If you think you’re 'just not an audiobook person,' I dare you to listen to any of Sam Irby’s essay collections and not fall in love with hearing an author read their work to you. Irby’s wit and humor will have you laughing to the point of tears! Read more

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Two Wrongs Make a Right

The Wilmot Sisters Series: Book #1

By: Chloe Liese
Narrated by: Charlotte North & Stephen Dexter
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes

One of Amazon's Best Romances of 2022!

Opposites become allies to fool their matchmaking friends in this swoony reimagining of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.

 
Jamie Westenberg and Bea Wilmot have nothing in common except a meet-disaster and the mutual understanding that they couldn't be more wrong for each other. But when... Read more

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The Moth Girl

By: Heather Kamins
Narrated by: Jeremy Carlisle Parker
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

Flying doesn’t always mean freedom.
 

Anna is a regular teenaged girl. She runs track with her best friend, gets good grades, and sometimes drinks beer at parties.
 
But one day at track practice, Anna falls unconscious . . . but instead of falling down, she falls up, defying gravity in the disturbing first symptom of a mysterious disease.
 
This... Read more

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What Happened to You?

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

By: Oprah Winfrey & Bruce D. Perry
Narrated by: Bruce D. Perry & Oprah Winfrey
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

"[Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry] are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter...The performances of these two humanitarians make this a must-hear for anyone recovering from their traumatic past." —AudioFile

This program is read by the authors.

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the...
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The Architecture of Disability

Buildings, Cities, and Landscapes beyond Access

By: David Gissen
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 7 hours 32 minutes

Disability critiques of architecture usually emphasize the need for modification and increased access, but The Architecture of Disability calls for a radical reorientation of this perspective by situating experiences of impairment as a new foundation for the built environment. With its provocative proposal for "the construction of disability,"... 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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A Thousand Ways to Pay Attention

A Memoir of Coming Home to My Neurodivergent Mind

By: Rebecca Schiller
Narrated by: Rebecca Schiller
Length: 11 hours 12 minutes

It should have been Rebecca Schiller's dream come true: moving her young family to the English countryside to raise goats and coax their own fruit and vegetables from the land. But, as she writes: The summer of striding out toward a life of open fields and sacks of corn, I brought a confused black hole of something pernicious but not yet... Read more

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