DRT's Staff Picks for Vacation Entertainment

  • July 13, 2018

It's vacation season and whether you're taking a stay-cation or making your way to the mountains, every vacation needs some entertainment! We've put together DRT's staff picks for your vacation entertainment.


99% Invisible, 
Curb Cuts black grid with one yellow square, words 99%25 invisible

Do you listen to podcasts? We’re big fans of listening to podcasts on road trips. 99% Invisible, “is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about.” (99% Invisible, The Show. Retrieved from: https://99percentinvisible.org/about/the-show/). In their recent episode, Curb Cuts, they tackle disability rights history, community access, and how curb cuts play a part in community inclusion.  

Listen to the podcast or read the transcript online. 


Cover of El Deafo, bunny cartoon with hearing aids and red cape flying across sky

El Deafo 

El Deafo is a graphic novel written by Cece Bell. In this autobiographical work, she shares her experience with hearing loss as a child, portrayed through drawn characters. Taking on a serious topic, El Deafo will leave you giggling and warm. This pick is great for adults and older children.

Read more about the book on Amazon. 







Brain on Fire: brain of fire book cover
My Month of Madness 

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness is a riveting memoir by Susannah Cahalan. This award winning book chronicles her experience when, as a young professional, she suddenly begins experiencing symptoms that doctors cannot explain. A great book that keeps you engaged and challenges ideas of memory, ability, and illness. Recently turned into a film, you can also watch it on Netflix.

Read more about the book on Amazon. 

Read more about the movie on IMDB. 




The Power of the Powerless:
A Brother’s Legacy of Love

The Power of the Powerless: A Brother’s Legacy of Love is a moving account of how Christopher De Vinck's brother, born with severe disabilities, made a lasting impression on his life. This is full of emotion. If you like reading novels about families this one is for you. 

Read more about the book on Amazon.






a quiet place poster, female actress with hand over face in fearA Quiet Place 

Horror movies aren’t for everyone, but this isn’t a typical thriller. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters find their prey by sound, one family must find a silent way of life. Aside from casting stars Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, this film cast Millicent Simmonds, a deaf actress who plays a deaf child. People with disabilities are often portrayed in media by able-bodied characters. A Quiet Place veers from this trend - and Millicent shines. Watch an interview with Millicent.  

Read more about the movie on IMDB. 





Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body 

Ghost Boy is a heart aching novel about one boy’s journey through illness and back again. After becoming mysteriously ill and losing his voice, appetite, and mobility, he is moved to a residential placement. His family’s devotion and love shine through as they refuse to give up on their son. Read Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius, and you’ll see a character reclaim his life and identity.

Read more about the book on Amazon.





Don't forget to check your local library for all these and more! 

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