Books

Far From the Tree

Far from the tree

A beautifully researched and exquisitely written book about children who have an identity that is “horizontal” from that of their parents.  Through interviews of these individuals (including those with severe and profound disabilities, autism, and prodigies) and their families, Andrew Solomon explores the factors that constitute and the relationships between disability, love and family.

Design Meets Disability

Design meets disability

In this book, Graham Pullin shows how design and disability can inspire each other.  He examines how design sensibilities can be applied to hearing aids, prosthetic limbs and communication aids, and how disability can provoke radical new directions in mainstream design.

Being Mortal

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In this book, Atul Gawande examines the limitations and failures of medicine as life draws to a close.  Through research and stories of his own patients and family, Gawande delves into intimate issues around having a good death and a good life.