Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life

Books on Tape. Sept. 2022. 10:39 hrs. ISBN 9780593634226. $76. MEMOIR
Wong presents her life’s story, political viewpoint, and dreams for the future, providing a firsthand account of living with a disability from before the Americans with Disabilities Act until the present day. The book is delivered in a style reminiscent of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century (which Wong edited) and the online archival project by the same name (which she founded). Including critical essays, oral histories with loved ones, personal stories, and even photos, this title expands creatively on the typical memoir format. As one might expect from a disability-justice advocate, Wong takes care to ensure that the book’s photos are richly described, making the audio accessible, even without the attached PDF. Nancy Wu’s narration is clear and precise, although her occasionally robotic cadence doesn’t quite communicate the passion of Wong’s words. Even so, Wong’s storytelling and the variety of the content keep this memoir enticing.
VERDICT This title will appeal to activists but is also recommended for anyone who values making spaces and life more inclusive. Wong’s memoir, which so effectively highlights the need for accessibility, is an essential audio purchase.
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