March 06, 2006 12:00 PM

>NONFICTION

MY BODY POLITIC by Simi Linton Paralyzed in a car crash in 1971, the disability-rights activist leads an illuminating tour of the country of the disabled.

FIRED! Written and edited by Annabelle Gurwitch Celebs including Tim Allen offer true tales of being axed. (Woody Allen canning actress Gurwitch: “You look retarded.”)

TIMOTHY by Verlyn Klinkenborg Inspired by a real Mediterranean tortoise brought to 18th-century England, this is a wry, flight-of-fancy narrative in the reptile’s own “voice.”

FRAGILE INNOCENCE by James Reston Jr. A moving memoir in which Reston and his wife struggle to raise and heal a daughter struck by a mysterious childhood illness.

WITHOUT YOU by Anthony Rapp A star in Broadway’s Rent, Rapp was losing his mother to cancer as he found fame. Here, a two-hanky chronicle.

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