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Disability Nonfiction on Audio!

Gwen’s birthday is this week, and I can’t believe that she’s 2 already! Gwen used to be such a tiny creature. I remember when she first came home and was so tiny, so small. Honestly, she was a bit of a terror, destroying every rug and piece of paper in her path. She’s such a troublemaker. She’s still a snuggle bug, even making me contort my arms in different ways if I’m trying to read or write something. Now, she and Dylan are such hams, always requiring everyone to make them the center of attention. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Audiobooks have been an important tool in reading books when Gwen insists I drop everything to give her scritches. So today, I’m talking about audiobooks for Disability Pride Month!

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Bookish Goods

a photo of a sticker that reads, read books drink wine

Read Books Drink Wine by ViviatHomeStudio

My in-person book club leans heavily towards nonfiction (no surprise there), and this sticker definitely describes us. And I’m not sad about it. $4

New Releases

a graphic of the cover of Random Acts of Medicine: The Hidden Forces That Sway Doctors, Impact Patients, and Shape Our Health by Anupam B. Jena and Christopher Worsham

Random Acts of Medicine: The Hidden Forces That Sway Doctors, Impact Patients, and Shape Our Health by Anupam B. Jena, M.D., Ph.D. and Christopher Worsham, M.D.

Dr. Jena and Dr. Worsham tell anecdotes from the American contemporary healthcare system, including the good and the bad. While the public often possesses a simplistic view of how healthcare works, the reality is much different. The entire system is influenced by logistics, cultural norms, and the messy world of insurance.

a graphic of the cover of Thunderclap: A Memoir of Art and Life and Sudden Death by Laura Cumming

Thunderclap: A Memoir of Art and Life and Sudden Death by Laura Cumming

Cumming returns to 17th century Holland to give readers an inside look at the legendary art scene of that period. Donna Tartt fans might remember the artist Carel Fabritius, who painted the famous masterpiece The Goldfinch. Cumming follows the ramifications of the killing of Fabritius, which changes the landscape of high art during the time period.

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Riot Recommendations

a graphic of the cover of El Deaf by Cece Bell

El Deafo by Cece Bell, Performed by a Full Ensemble

Cece Bell writes her memoir in the form of a graphic novel for kids. In it, she illustrates herself and the people around her as bunnies — so cute! Bell tells the story of her younger self, and we see Cece contract an illness in childhood, which causes her to lose most of her hearing. The story follows Cece through elementary and middle school as she makes friends and adapts to the various new technologies that help her hear teachers and the other people around her. I’m always looking for more books about disability for kids, so I adored this book. It’s such a great way to introduce children to what it’s like to grow up Deaf. The ensemble provides a chorus of voices for Cece and the other people in her life. And creative editing helps listeners follow along with the story.

a graphic of the cover of The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus

The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus, Performed by the Author

There’s a certain magic that happens when you listen to a poet perform their own work. Deaf British Jamaican poet Raymond Antrobus narrates his poetry collection, adding brief introductions to some of the poems that describe his use of illustrations of British Sign Language (BSL) in his poetry. Much of Antrobus’ poetry centers around his Deaf and biracial identity, and listeners can hear the emotion hanging on every word. With Antrobus’ attention to detail and moving performance, The Perseverance is a powerful Deaf poetry collection that is equally as impactful on audio.

a photo of Gwen, a black and white cardigan welsh corgi, as a eleven week old puppy. She's sitting on the floor next to a couch. Dylan, a red and white Pembroke welsh corgi, sits near the door, wanting nothing to do with her.
Gwen the morning after she came home. Dylan was quite unimpressed.

That’s it for this week! You can find me over on my substack Winchester Ave, over on Instagram @kdwinchester, or on my podcast Read Appalachia. As always, feel free to drop me a line at For even MORE bookish content, you can find my articles over on Book Riot.

Happy Reading, Friends!

~ Kendra