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No Pity
(Joseph Shapiro; Times Books, 1991)

No Pity Shapiro, a journalist, is an unbiased, rational observer of the disability movement who has included all factions and all key players of the movement in this excellent informative history.

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Under the Eye of the Clock: The Life Story of Christopher Nolan
(Christopher Nolan; St. Martin's Press, 1987)

Under the Eye of the Clock "A real-life story told with amazingly beautiful language that reveals the inner strength of all the Nolans." — Jo Holzer, CDR Executive Director

"A remarkable work by several measures, Under the Eye of the Clock is the autobiography — told slyly through a third person alter-ego — of Christopher Nolan, struck at birth with brain damage and left paralyzed, spastic and mute. His first book, Dam-Burst of Dreams, written when he was a teen, was a collection of poems that exploded with linguistic virtuosity, earning him comparisons to Joyce and Yeats. Nolan, whose disability requires that someone cup his chin while he pushes a head-mounted pointed at the keyboard, tells here of battles in an un-handicapped world, the heroic efforts of his family and the sights of Ireland that surround him." —

"As a college English and literature instructor, I intend to make this book a required reading. It should bless all readers because it becomes a reminder that NO matter what the circumstances, people should still be respected, loved, and appreciated. And, with this in mind, the reader may receive a self-esteem boost when being reminded of inner-personal value. " — Norma Gillespie

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Still Me
(Christopher Reeve; Random House, 1998)

Still Me "This book is worth reading, even if you disagree with his 'cure' mentality." — Jo Holzer, CDR Executive Director

"Through his honesty, dignity and clarity of purpose, Reeve has created an involving book and a meaningful life." — New York Times Book Review

"Though Reeve talks about despair, he seldom makes us feel it."— Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review

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The Me in the Mirror
(Connie Panzarino; Seal Press Feminist Pub., 1994)

"A bit tiresome as literature, but a worthy addition to the autobiographical genre of the disability movement." — Jo Holzer, CDR Executive Director

Born with a rare progressive muscular disease (spinal muscular atrophy), the author recounts the challenges of growing up as one of two siblings with the disability, her early adulthood and growing political activism, her relationship with Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, her lesbianism, and her work as a disability rights activist. She is an art therapist. —

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Nobody Nowhere : The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic
(Donna Williams; Avon Books, 1994)

Nobody Nowhere "Another valuable addition to the autobiographical genre." — Jo Holzer, CDR Executive Director

"A young Australian woman once trapped inside autism's nightmarish prison takes readers into this little-understood world in her searing, lyrical autobiography. Donna Williams offers unique insight into the workings of an autistic mind and shed new light on what autism is — and is not." —

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Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Autism
(Donna Williams; Times Books, 1995)

Somebody Somewhere "The author continues the incredible story of her battle with autism begun in her first book, Nobody Nowhere. Here she offers more revelations about the mind of an autistic person and the role that emotions play in our inner lives." —

" of those books that opens your mind. ..."

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Planet of the Blind: A Memoir
(Stephen Kuusisto, The Dial Press, 1998)

Planet of the Blind "A beautifully written account that graces the reader with painful insight and self-revelation." — Jo Holzer, CDR Executive Director

"Born with only residual vision, Kuusisto was led by the insistence of his mother and the ignorance of the society around him to an elaborate and harrowing attempt to appear sighted. ...the story of a lifelong struggle that leads to acceptance." — John Longenbaugh

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Second Opinions: Stories of Intuition and Choice in a Changing World of Medicine
(Jerome Groopman; Viking Press, 2000)

Second Opinions "...a cautionary collection of stories that reveal oversights inevitable in the health-care industry's rush to maximize efficiency, and as such it teaches an important lesson about the patient's role in ensuring a high quality of care. ...he proves himself a trustworthy advocate of patient empowerment and his sincere, articulate portrayal of intuition's subtle force will be inspirational for anyone confronting illness." — Rebecca Wright

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Dazed and Fatigued in the Toxic 21st Century
(Mark Llewellyn Hall; Consafos Press, 1998)

Dazed and Fatigued in the Toxic 21st Century " astonishing first person experience in recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Written in an alternative voice that is raw and at times wildly spontaneous, the story weaves poetry with ironic insights and commentaries. ..." —

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Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment
(James I Charlton; University of California Press, 1998)

Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment "Jim Charlton, in a deeply moving work, demolishes old myths about disabilities. He reveals in stunning oral histories, conducted in ten different countries, possibilities yet untapped." — Studs Terkel

"Nothing About Us Without Us is a defining document in the literature of disability culture. Jim Charlton chronicles both the history and experience of exclusion so familiar to people with disabilities. But he does it all in a style and with sensitivity that connects the voices of a unique community to the universal narrative of human rights. This is oral history and political manifesto rich with wisdom and insight on every page." — John Hockenberry (author of Moving Violations)

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Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract: A Warning from an Uppity Crip
(Marta Russell; Common Courage Press, Monroe, ME, 1998)

Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract: A Warning from an Uppity Crip An award-winning producer and photographer whose investigative reporting earned her a Golden Mike Award for best documentary from Radio & Television News Association of Southern California in 1994, Russell delivers a vividly written, lucid analysis of the social safety net and ts failure to cover people with disabilities and their families.

“What Ralph Nader did for the consumer movement in his book, Unsafe at Any Speed, Marta Russell has accomplished in her riveting Beyond Ramps. No [reader]…will come away unchanged.” — Marcus Raskin, co-founder, Institute for Policy Studies, Professor of Public Policy, George Washington University

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The Call of Service: A Witness to Idealism
(Robert Coles; Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993)

The Call of Service: A Witness to Idealism “In this passionate book, Robert Coles explores the compelling nature of idealism – what inspires and sustains it, how it is expressed, and why it is so necessary to both the individual and society.”

“Coles’s timing is terrific. With the Me Generation beginning to look beyond itself for meaning… [It] is likely to lead the way for a new generation of idealists.” — San Diego Union

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The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America
(Philip K Howard; Warner Books, 1994)

The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America "This minister's son is no friend of our community, particularly people who are mentally ill. Read it and understand the rational, but dangerous mindset of some members of 'the establishment'." — Jo Holzer, CDR

This "impressive...thoroughly researched...brilliant diagnosis" begins with an angry recounting of the New York City incident to require disability access in a renovated building designed to help people who are homeless. The incident received lots of press: the head of the project was Mother Teresa, the Nobel Prize winner, who abandoned it when access was required. "The Missionaries of Charity explained that because of their beliefs they would never use the elevator, which also would add upward of $100,000 to the cost." The buildings had been given to the Order by New York City for $1 each.

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Meditations from A Movable Chair: Essays
(Andre Dubus; Alfred A Knopf, Inc., 1998)

Meditations from A Movable Chair: Essays "...the twenty-five pieces in this powerfully moving new collection [are] a continuation of Dubus's candid, intensely personal exploration into matters of morality, religion and creativity. ... Here is Dubus on the rape of his beloved sister, his first real job, a gay naval officer, Hemingway, the blessing of his first marriage, his dear friend Richard Yates, his own crippling, lost autumnal pleasures, ... the Catholic church and, of course, his faith."

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Three Quarters, Two Dimes, and a Nickel: A Memoir of Becoming Whole
(Steve Fiffer; The Free Press, 1999)

Three Quarters, Two Dimes, and a Nickel: A Memoir of Becoming Whole At the age of seventeen, Fiffer was injured while wrestling in a gym class in high school. This book recounts his recovery from quadriplegia — within seven months he was on crutches and within nine he was beginning his freshman year at Yale University. It is also about coming of age, establishing new relationships within his family and creating a normal life, despite his injury. Fiffer refused to be consumed or defined by his physical condition.

"Steve Fiffer's moving story is told with frankness and verve. I found myself envying his gumption and humor — and his friendship with Dick Woit, an old codger of a trainer, who ultimately pushes Fiffer to become whole again." — Alex Kotlowitz (author of There are No Children Here)

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Moving Violations: A Memoir
(John Hockenberry; Hyperion, 1995)

Moving Violations: A Memoir A memoir of Hockenberry's experiences as a war correspondent for NPR in Iraq, Somalia, and the Middle East, this book is well-written and displays his wry sense of humor, as well as his determination to succeed as a journalist. He describes some interesting situations that cause him to reevaluate his own appreciation of the disability experience — especially the ride up a mountain on the back of a donkey.

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