Falling for Myself

By (author): Dorothy Ellen Palmer

In this searing and seriously funny memoir, Dorothy Ellen Palmer falls down, a lot, and spends a lifetime learning to appreciate her disability. Born with two very different, very tiny feet, she was adopted as a toddler by an already wounded 1950s family. From childhood surgeries to decades as a feminist teacher, mom, improv coach and unionist, she tried to hide being different. But now, standing proud with her walker, she’s sharing her journey. Navigating abandonment, abuse and ableism, she finds her birth parents and a new chosen family in the disability community.

AUTHOR

Dorothy Ellen Palmer

Dorothy Ellen Palmer is a mom of two, a binge knitter, a former English/Drama teacher, improv coach and union activist, now a disabled senior writer and disability activist. Her novel, When Fenelon Falls, (Coach House) and adoption-disability memoir, Falling for Myself, (Wolsak and Wynn), were acclaimed by The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and Quill & Quire. She is the winner of the 2020 Helen Henderson Award for disability journalism, serves on FOLD’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, and has appeared at FOLD, GritLIT, WOTS, The Next Chapter, The Eh List, and CBC Radio. She can always be found tweeting @depalm.


Reviews

“A highly readable, sharp memoir that will hopefully clear a wide trail for more disabled voices to shine.”


– SubTerrain

Awards

  • Hamilton Literary Award for Non-fiction 2021, Short-listed
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    In this searing and seriously funny memoir, Dorothy Ellen Palmer falls down, a lot, and spends a lifetime learning to appreciate her disability. Born with two very different, very tiny feet, she was adopted as a toddler by an already wounded 1950s family. From childhood surgeries to decades as a feminist teacher, mom, improv coach and unionist, she tried to hide being different. But now, standing proud with her walker, she’s sharing her journey. Navigating abandonment, abuse and ableism, she finds her birth parents and a new chosen family in the disability community.

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    Details

    Dimensions:

    320 Pages
    9in * 6in * 0.75in
    520gr

    Published:

    October 22, 2019

    City of Publication:

    Hamilton

    Country of Publication:

    CA

    ISBN:

    9781989496039

    9781989496046 – EPUB

    Language:

    eng

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