Neurodivergent Authors Rocked 2020

This is the list you’ve been waiting for.

Jenara Nerenberg
3 min readDec 23, 2020

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I’m a neurodivergent writer and happen to know a bunch of other neurodivergent writers, too. Here are the books that every neurodivergent reader (and ally) needs to know, in no particular order:

Camilla wrote an astounding book full of empathy and rigor about her life as a scientist and outsider, and she is only 26 years old.

Melody Moezzi is an accomplished writer, activist, attorney, creative writing professor and self-described bipolar feminist. I had the indescribable joy of interviewing her, and everyone should know her name.

I can’t wait to read this; Katherine May captures what so many of us feel year-round, especially from a sensory perspective, with one word: WINTERING.

David is a celebrated chef who opens up about his bipolar in this memoir, including thoughts about Anthony Bourdain.

This is my book, about psychiatric rhetoric and the (mis)diagnoses of women, covering several labels that share high sensitivity in common, with a focus on gender bias.

This isn’t a book but is a new podcast by writer/creative and Pop Culture Collaborative Senior Fellow, Shawn Taylor. The first episode just dropped and it is dope.

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Jenara Nerenberg

Author, Divergent Mind (HarperCollins). Journalist at UC Berkeley & Garrison. Founder, The Neurodiversity Project. divergentlit.com