Brilliant Imperfection

  • Type: Books
  • By: Eli Clare
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780822362760
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Disability and the the trouble with cure, told in tandem with a gorgeous memoir

Eli Clare is well known as one of the leading contemporary writers on disability studies, but in Brilliant Imperfection he isn't speaking to an academic audience. The author, a queer, trans, disabled scholar, tells stories from his own life, stories from the long history of oppressed groups of disabled people,  stories of attempts to heal land like we attempt to heal humans, and interweaves them with a nuanced understanding of the promise and peril of cure. The small book is formed by brief vignettes, and I took a month to read it, savoring each section bit by bit and letting them grow inside me.