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Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities

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Take a step back in time with some of the best writers with disabilities as they recount their first adventure, their first heartbreak, and the first time the unexpected treaded into their life. From body transformations to societal setbacks, to love affairs and family trauma, Firsts collects the most thought-provoking and exciting stories of our time by people with disabi ...more
Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Oleb Books
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Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
I won this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you to Goodreads, Oleb Books and Belo Miguel Ciprani for an ARC ebook copy. As always, an honest review from me.

My actual rating is 4.5 stars, but since there aren't half stars I always round up.

Firsts is a collection of essays written by different people with disabilities, so that people with disabilities could accurately see themselves represented in the media. I don’t have a disability myself, so my thoughts on the book come from an
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Me
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic collection of short essays/stories all written by people with different disabilities. This would be beneficial to anyone as if gives you the opportunity to view a situation from multiple new perspectives. Many of the essays are coming of age and several also have the intersectionality of LGBQ.
Jessica Karim
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent

This was an amazing anthology. It really depicted the struggles people with disabilities face on a daily bases. Totally worth five stars.
Stephanie
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-won
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! My husband is Deaf and I am training to become an English and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, so I know all about the Deaf community and Deaf culture. The story of "The Hearing Child" by Kevin Souhrada was particularly interesting to me. He describes his home life as a deaf men from a generational deaf family, his different educational experiences (mainstreamed and deaf institute), having 2 hearing children (CODAs), navigating the hearing world, ...more
Joel Dennstedt
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

It probably goes without saying that people with disabilities tend to encounter life more directly and with fewer buffers than those without. What presents to the majority as a basic life challenge, like learning to clean oneself properly, often becomes an almost insurmountable obstacle to one with any of a myriad physical or mental restrictions at any of a thousand levels of severity. Belo Miguel Cipriani selectively chose the stories of such people to inc
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Cherie'
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
First: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities by Belo Miguel Cipriani

Thank you Good Reads and Oleb Books for a copy of this kindle edition.

Synopsis: Take a step back in time with some of the best writers with disabilities as they recount their first adventure, their first heartbreak, and the first time the unexpected treaded into their life. From body transformations to societal setbacks, to love affairs and family trauma, Firsts collects the most thought-provoking and exciting storie
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Dena Pardi
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
*I received a digital copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

As with any collection of stories, or in this case, essays there will be different voices and different stories. It's doubtful that any one reader will feel the same way about and enjoy each essay in the same way, yet this also allows the collection to reach more people and to affect each reader differently. As a reader with disabilities of various levels throughout my family, myself included, I loved the way
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Michelle Kidwell
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilitiesby Belo Miguel CiprianiOleb BooksBiographies & MemoirsPub Date 01 Oct 2018I am reviewing a copy of Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People With Disabilities.There were parts of this book I loved and parts I certainly could have done without. The stories in this book deal with first adventures, first heartbreaks as well as the first time the unexpected comes into your life.This book
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Stacy
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: firstreads
I won this book as a FirstRead.

When Belo Cipriani noticed there are few real representations of disabled people in the media, he decided to do something about it. Firsts is a collection of true stories from people with a variety of disabilities. Each story was entertaining, and some were eye-opening to me as an able-bodied person as to struggles I had never considered that others have to deal with on a daily basis. I highly recommend this book.
Megan Prevost
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Each and every story in this anthology is worth reading, for they each tell individual stories of different people living with different disabilities. I have reviewed two of my favorites from the book. But trust me, they’re all worth reading. A few of the pieces (including the two below) are written by LGBTQ+ authors, and the editor of the book is also an LGBTQ+ person.

READ MY FULL REVIEW AT ABOUT MAGAZINE: http://about-online.com/books/book-re...
Sharon
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, giveaways-won
Each of these stories is a 1st person account written by an individual with a disability. While no 2 stories are alike, each brings readers a descriptive and thought provoking narrative in which the author shares a first among their life experiences.

Recommended worthwhile read. 4 stars


My thanks to goodreads and the book's giveaway sponsors for the opportunity to obtain a copy of this book
Rachel Smith
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading almost every story in this collection; many of them are very heartfelt and insightful, and display a wide array of humanity. One story, about a girl with Asperger's online boyfriend, seemed a bit out of place, but it might be just the young age of the writer in comparison to a lot of the other writers, who had a lot more depth in their stories due to more experiences. I recommend this collection.

Gina Stamper
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I can tell you one thing after reading this. Not everyone will think this will apply to them and their life, but I think they are wrong. I think there is so much value to this book and these people’s words. These are very important lessons we can all learn, not just in our day to day life and seeing the bigger picture of the world.
Bailey Ember
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a read that I was not expecting to understand as well as I did. I loved the inside look we got. I liked the way this collection was put together and the way each persons words shined through in their unique testaments. It deals with so many different aspects of life from the perspective of those with different disabilities. It's a great collection.
Samantha Turley
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a collection of stories. Some may resonate with you more than others, but I felt like I could take something from each. I liked the fact that Belo Miguel Cipriani has taken the time to bring us experiences from so many different people. It made the book seem not just one-note.
Mary
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting read
Rebecca
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I love this collection for emphasizing that people with disabilities are first people, not inspirational stories. It is mentioned in the introduction and reiterated by many of the authors, including my favorite of the bunch:

"Ask any deaf person, blind person, wheelchair user, anyone with superpowers, and they will tell you the exact same damn thing. The system, set forth by our government, looks at us as a group of broken people that cost too much money and too much work (closed captions, interp
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Corvus
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: disability
Review also available on my blog.

Up until now, the vast majority of books I have won on goodreads giveaways have been mediocre to poor. There are plenty I don't win that a later read and love, but for some reason, I have bad luck with the ones I do win. I am pleased to write that with Belo Miguel Cipriani's book "Firsts: Coming of Age Stories by People with Disabilities," this was not the case. This collection of essays was an excellent read, not to mention a decent representation of the wide va
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Lori
Sep 28, 2018 added it
Shelves: non-fiction
I received a kindle edition copy of this book for a review. Belo Miguel gives 12 stories of real life people and them dealing with their disability and going out into the world and their challenges and even victories. One man is deaf from birth living in the hearing world, Three are in the autistic spectrum and going to school etc. Another woman was in a bad accident and wanted to get to the point where she could dance again. A young man with cerebral palsy goes to college and wants to find some ...more
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Belo Miguel Cipriani is a columnist with the Bay Area Reporter. In 2017, his column on disability issues was recognized by the National Center on Disability and Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

He is the author of Blind: A Memoir (2011), which received an Honorable Mention for Best Nonfiction Book by the 2011 Rainbow Awards, and an Honorable Mentio
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