Author Archives: Ruth Harrigan

On the Boardwalk free on Kindle

My short story collection On the Boardwalk is free on Kindle for the next five days.  The stories are on the theme of homelessness.

You can find the book at Amazon. 

 

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New book: Sticks, Stones and Names and other short stories

A new book of short stories on psychological themes is now available on amazon, entitled Sticks, Stones and Names.

This collection of six short stories contains The Book Narrator, who spent his life recording audio books and now tells his own story – after he dies; One Percent about a truck driver who gets caught up in an accident he’ll never forget; and Concrete Messages about a young concrete mixer whose perspective on life changes due to a chance meeting. Sticks, Stones and Names is about a young girl’s realizations about her family; The Fly and the Old Man describes what happens when an old man can’t catch a fly and Too Late to Return describes the fate of a businessman when his unscrupulous employee gets canned.

 

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New book Inexplicable Mortality and other poems free this week

Teen Books Free is featuring my new book Inexplicable Mortality and other poems this week.  It will be free for five days.

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New Book of Poetry: That Woman in the Wheelchair

I’d like to announce the publication of a new book of poems, entitled That Woman in the Wheelchair, available at amazon.

This volume of poetry contains twenty years of writing, from the time I acquired my disability until the present.  It was greatly shaped by feedback from readers at this blog, as well as many in the disability community.

I’m publishing it for those who acquire disabilities or live with disability.  When I first became disabled, I sought out books before I was fortunate enough to meet mentors in the disability community.   Reading about others’ experiences, although I knew no two people had the same journey, helped me a great deal.  I hope that making these poems available will help others.

Thank you.

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FREE Today! On the Boardwalk: and other short stories about homelessness by Ruth Harrigan

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Announcing Book Series Release

I’ve recently published the first three books in a Reading Series on Disability for Teachers, Children and Young Adults.  The stories were originally on my site A Different Light and I’ve received many requests over the past seven years to use them in classrooms and to put together a collection for use by teachers. These books are also suitable for home schooling and for independent reading.

The first volume The Power Chair Pole Vaulter from Paluga County is for high school and college students.  The stories range from personal adjustment to acquired disability in Trophies to how society reacts to disability in The Power Chair Pole Vaulter from Paluga County. The fable The Kingdom of If Only raises issues about how rules affect access to technology. The sci-fi story of Hokey Pokey deals with perspective in living with a disability. The Elegant Year is about a teenage girl who has to deal with being away from school after an injury and how her mother helps her. The themes of family and society run through most of the stories and provide ample room for discussion.

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The second volume Grandpa’s Tree is for elementary, middle and older students.   It contains three short stories about children with disabilities that are suitable for teaching disability awareness and themes of inclusion. Grandpa’s Tree deals with how a mother and son deal with his paralysis after a fall; Transcontinental Dissonance imagines a world where wheelchairs are the norm; and First Word War features an elf who helps a boy with dyslexia embrace his need for assistive technology.

The third volume The Odd Gift is for college students. It contains five short stories. The story The Odd Gift explores stereotypes imposed on people with disabilities; Lime and Cake is about a wife’s feelings about care giving for her husband who has Alzheimer s; Wait and See deals with a father’s reaction to his son’s diagnosis of autism; His Parents’ House is about a twenty something who moves home after acquiring a disability; and Gravity Sucks deals with how a student with cerebral palsy responds to bullying.

The books are available on Amazon. 

If you’ve used the stories in your classroom, I’d appreciate it if you’d take the time to leave a review on Amazon.

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Dwelling in Details

This poem is now available on Amazon. com in a book of selected poems entitled Saint Crow.

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