Top 10 Books About Disability Print

Covers from four of the titles listed in the article

Novelist Paul Wilson recently recommended his choices for the top ten books about disability in the Guardian, highlighting what he calls "the best literature on lives too frequently overlooked or misunderstood."  Among them are classics like Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, chosen for the prejudice Scout, Jem and Dill exhibit toward neighbor Boo Radley, even while they are upset about the community's prejudice toward the black man Scout's father is defending.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a more contemporary selection; hopefully soon to be a film (the film rights have been optioned by Brad Pitt), Mark Haddon's novel effectively allows the reader to inhabit the mind of an autistic person.  Exploring the large and the small are Elizabeth McCracken's The Giant's House (one of the most wonderful love stories ever IMHO and featuring a librarian) and John Irving's A Son of the Circus which ranks for intriguing opening line ("Usually, the dwarfs kept bringing him back").  Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon's well-received and widely read work on raising children different from yourself holds down the nonfiction corner.  Other titles: