I don’t know about you, but we have been roasting this past week. There’s nothing like being drenched in South Carolina’s soggy heat. The moment you walk outside, a wall of humidity hits you in the face. The Corgis and I hide from the heat by lounging on the couch, waiting for it to get cool enough for a game of fetch. But while I’ve been inside, I have been flying through books, so I suppose having more reading time is a great silver lining. Today we’re talking about two of those books which I read for Disability Pride Month.
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Intuitively Chosen Tarot Card Bookmark with tassel and mini tarot reading by Aethereal Books
Sometimes, unique interests overlap, and this is definitely one of those times! A tarot card reader will pull a card for you as your bookmark AND will give you a mini tarot reading. $8
Coco: The Official Cookbook by Gino Garcia
I love a cookbook that gives adults a way to inspire kids to try cooking with them. Cooking with the kids in your life is an excellent way to have a great time while teaching them an important life skill at the same time! Inspired by the famous Pixar movie, Coco: The Official Cookbook is a fun way to celebrate the movie with fans of all ages.
Tuna, the chicken of the sea, have a fascinating history. Author Karen Pinchin begins exploring the history of tuna and the industry that fishes them out of the sea by the millions.
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When Eddie Ndopu learns that he’s just received a full ride to Oxford, he feels elated. Finally, all of his work advocating for disabled people around the world has paid off. But when he contacts the university about covering his accommodations for his disability, they refuse to cover the cost of his caregiver. Ndopu describes the never-ending logistics and financial emergencies he experiences attending Oxford as someone with spinal muscular atrophy. Despite Oxford being one of the richest and oldest universities in the world, they still claimed, over and over again, not to be able to afford his care. Ndopu nevertheless pushes through, fighting not just for himself but for all disabled people who asked for equitable accommodations.
Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor
Australian author Cory Taylor is told that there is nothing the doctors can do. She is going to die. After two years of battling cancer, she expected this, but she still finds herself emotionally reeling from the news. Dying is her last testament, her thoughts, feelings, and experiences of going about the business of dying. Taylor finds herself often wandering through her memories of her childhood, thinking of all of the decisions that led to her current life. What would have happened if she made a different decision? Would she still be dying from a fatal illness? A beautiful ode to life and living, Dying is a memoir readers won’t soon forget.
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 email@example.com. For even MORE bookish content, you can find my articles over on Book Riot.
Happy Reading, Friends!