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Care Work

By: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Narrated by: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
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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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  • Edith
  • 12-01-20

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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  • Chloe Vondyke
  • 23-10-22

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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  • Bruce Pruitt-Hamm
  • 09-09-22

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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  • Kiley Shepherd
  • 07-09-22

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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  • Brittyn
  • 24-05-22

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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  • Nico
  • 14-09-21

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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  • Lisa
  • 25-12-22

Amazing

This book has completely changed the way I view disability and what it would mean to live in a world that values human beings over profit, efficiency, and simplicity. It's the world I want to live in, as complex and challenging as making that world will be. This book offered me a vision of what it means to care that is different than anything I've ever read before. I also love the author's narration. I will be reading and rereading this book and chewing on these concepts for a long time.

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  • Angel P.
  • 23-08-21

Inspired

The author gives a performance that is raw and inspiring to other sick and disabled people.

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  • Barrel21
  • 30-05-21

Yes.

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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  • KM
  • 04-03-21

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.