Summer Reading List

Looking for a book to read this summer?  Consider one from this nonfiction selection that provides insightful looks into the lives of deaf and hearing impaired families.  This list and the information in was provided by Healthy Hearing http://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52145-Your-summer-nonfiction-reading-list

 

The Story Of My Life, by Hellen Keller.  story of my life

A classic American autobiography covering the first 22 years of Helen Keller’s life.  The story covers her first communication breakthrough at the water pump with teacher Anne Sullivan to her acceptance into Radcliffe College.  The book was the basis for The Miracle Worker, a Tony Award-winning play and Academy Award- winning film and is considered one of the most inspiring autobiographies of all time.  

 

I Can Hear You Whisper by Lydia Denworth 

When Lydia Denworth’s son was diagnosed with significant hearing loss at age two, the acclaimed science journalist began interviewing experts on language development, neuroscientists, Deaf leaders and innovators of ground-breaking technology in an attempt to understand the best course of action.  Recommended for anyone with deafness in the family, or a desire to understand how hearing works.

 

Shouting Won’t Help: Why I- and 50 Million Other Americans- Can’t Hear You by Katherine Bouton 

Bouton recounts her journey into sudden deafness and her return to the hearing world thanks to the wonders of technology.  In addition to her own story, Bouton includes interviews with doctors, audiologists, neurobiologists and others looking for a cure, as well as stories from others with hearing loss.  Recommended for those with hearing loss, as well as their families, friends and caregivers.  A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013.

 

Burn Down The Ground by Kambri Crews 

Crews takes a look back at her unconventional life as the hearing child of deaf parents in rural Texas.  She explores the complicated bond with her father, a hard-working man with a violent temper which eventually lands him in a maximum-security prison.

 

A Journey Into the Deaf World  by Harlan Lane, Robert Hoffmeister, Ben Bahan 

Three distinguished scholars of the deaf world combine thought-provoking intellectual perspectives with enlightening first-hand accounts of life in the deaf world.  One can hear, one is deaf, and one is the child of deaf adults.

 

Rebuilt: My Journey Back to the Hearing World by Michael Chorost 

After receiving a cochlear implant, Chorost is returned to the world of sound and fins the technology allows him to connect with others in surprising ways.

 

If a Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and Be Heard by Jennifer Rosner 

Author Jennifer Rosner is stunned when her daughters are born deaf, and finds a hidden history of deafness in her family that goes back generations.  She imagines her deaf relatives and the creative ways they dealt with their world, and chronicles the decisions she and her husband make about hearing aids, cochlear implants, and sign language.

 

Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love by Myron Ulberg 

As the hearing son of deaf parents, Myron Ulberg was called upon frequently to explain the elusive nature of sound.  The memoir is as much a story of growing up in the Depression, the War, and the early fifties as it is of a young boy who is asked to be his deaf father’s ears and mouth in the stores and streets of Brooklyn.

 

Raising Kids With Cochlear Implants: Personal Narratives From A Family’s Journal by Amy Milani, Ph.D. 

Using excerpts from her personal journal and other narratives, author Amy Milani chronicles the joys and struggles parents experience when helping children with cochlear implants transition in to the hearing world.  As the parent of both a son and a daughter with cochlear implants, Milani encourages parents with hearing-impaired children to get answers.

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