Today we are joined by Tessa Miller, and author and journalist whose work focuses on chronic illness, disability, and health justice. We discuss Tessa’s debut book, What Doesn’t Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness – Lessons from a Body in Revolt and how publishing a memoir brought on a whole new level of anxiety and insecurities around being a writer and living with chronic illness. We also talk about graphic language, writing for multiple audiences, and prioritizing books by disabled and/or chronically ill authors.
The Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.
Everything we talk about on today’s episode can be found below in the show notes. You can also find everything we talked about on Amazon.
- What Doesn’t Kill You by Tessa Miller
- Cultish by Amanda Montell
- Wordslut by Amanda Montell
- I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue
- The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
- Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad
- The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams
- The Undying by Anne Boyer
- The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
- Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
- Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
- A Face for Picasso by Ariel Henley
- Golem Girl by Riva Lehrer
- Becoming Abolitionists by Derecka Purnell
- Seek You by Kristen Radtke
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
- Other People’s Words by Victoria Purcell-Gates
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Health Justice Now by Timothy Faust
- What Doesn’t Kill You by Tessa Miller (audiobook)
- City College of New York
- Carl Bernstein
- MacMillan Publishers
- “Ep. 64 The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams — The Stacks Book Club (Lori Gottlieb)” (The Stacks)
- “Ep. 170 The Undying by Anne Boyer — The Stacks Book Club (Mychal Denzel Smith)” (The Stacks)
- “Ep. 58 Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed — The Stacks Book Club (Keltie Knight)” (The Stacks)
- The Ringer Podcast Network (Spotify)
- Bill Simmons
- Revisionist History (Pushkin Industries)
- Brock Turner
- Chanel Miller
- Sandra Bland
- Oprah Winfrey
- Aaron Rodgers
- The Barbellion Prize
- Gluten Free Oreos
- Honey Nut Cherrios
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch
- Cinnamon Rice Chex
- Magic Spoon
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