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Care Work

By: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Narrated by: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
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Publisher's Summary

In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all. 

Care Work is a mapping of access as radical love, a celebration of the work that sick and disabled queer/people of color are doing to find each other and to build power and community, and a tool kit for everyone who wants to build radically resilient, sustainable communities of liberation where no one is left behind. Powerful and passionate, Care Work is a crucial and necessary call to arms.

©2018 Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (P)2019 Tantor

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Far exceeded my expectations

This book was the salve I needed, the mirror that gave me a rare reflection of myself that was both honest and someone I didn’t hate. Leah is a real, broken human and a goddess all in one. What a love.

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New Favorite book!

I absolutely love and appreciate this book. I am grateful I found it and get to listen to Leah’s story and the story of community. I will absolutely be purchasing more copies for friends.

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Revolutionary and medicinal

I’ve always been humbled and schooled by every word Leah has brought into being, from my experience as a newly-disabled cis white woman who had no clue how to love herself or others seeing her perform spoken word live to now, someone who is eating up the clues Leah is leaving for the world but still has much to learn. Thank you for sharing stories that change the world, Leah.

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Great book!

I’d recommend this book to people or are new to disability justice and those already familiar with disability justice frameworks. I will be referring back to many of the essays in this book for years. I also highly recommend listening to the audiobook.

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Read this book over the course of years (incredibly grateful)

I struggled through this book in the best way. I first picked up this book from the library about 4 years ago. At that time I could only get through the first couple chapters before inexplicably being unable to go on. Fast forward 2 years later and I got the audio book. 2 years after that, I finally finished. For me. Each chapter came progressively as I needed/was ready for it. I’m stunned, validated, challenged, and grateful.

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As Good as It Gets

Another crip friend of mine had rated it highly, she is also an avid reader so I knew it would be good. From a couple crips to whoever may read this, Care Work is an inspiringly real look inside our communities and justice movements and has a lot to say without ever losing its wit. Accessible and heartwarming, it is perfect for know-it-all crips and curious able-bodied folks alike and I hope you give it a read or listen.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book… it provided a perspective that I wasn’t acknowledging or embracing. It was an enjoyable and informative listen and I look forward to listening again to glean more insights as I let this marinate.

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A beautiful story told with tenderness and care

This is my first time listening to Care Work and it was such an intimate and compelling tale of life. Life and all of the beautiful ways that humans adapt to live the best lives we can, with grace and integrity, love passion, care and pleasure. All the ways we both achieve that quality of living, and all of the ways we fall short, and every way and experience that we have trying to hold and build connections with others that remind us of our worth and power along the way.

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I just finished & ready to start again.

I finished listening in three days. It was wonderful to listen to the story narrated by the author. So much said that needs to be heard by a larger audience. I related in many ways, and also was engaged in listening to experiences I cannot relate to; narratives that are so important to be told by QTBIPOC. I'm very grateful for this book!

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  • 09-30-20

Thank you for the crip knowledge

As someone that doesn’t identify as disabled probably because of some form of internalised ableism, this book has started me rethinking about my own neurodivergences, limitations, and super powers.

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  • 07-07-21

absolutely wonderful.

challenging without being brutal, honest and open without being gratuitous and graphic, its limits and potential highlighted without being harped on. listening to this feels like someone holding a space open for me.