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

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By turns heart-tugging and hilarious, Myron Uhlberg's memoir tells the story of growing up as the hearing son of deaf parents and his life in a world that he found unaccountably beautiful, even as he longed to escape it.

Does sound have rhythm? my father asked. Does it rise and fall like the ocean? Does it come and go like the wind?

Such were the kinds of questions that Myron Uhlberg's deaf father asked him from earliest childhood, in his eternal quest to decipher, and to understand, the elusive nature of sound. Quite a challenge for a young boy, and one of many he would face.

Uhlberg's first language was American Sign Language, the first sign he learned: I love you. But his second language was spoken English and no sooner did he learn it than he was called upon to act as his father's ears and mouth in the stores and streets of the neighborhood beyond their silent apartment in Brooklyn.

Resentful as he sometimes was of the heavy burdens heaped on his small shoulders, he nonetheless adored his parents, who passed on to him their own passionate engagement with life. These two remarkable people married and had children at the absolute bottom of the Great Depression an expression of extraordinary optimism, and typical of the joy and resilience they were able to summon at even the darkest of times.

From the beaches of Coney Island to Ebbets Field, where he watches his father's hero Jackie Robinson play ball, from the branch library above the local Chinese restaurant where the odor of chow mein rose from the

About the Author

Myron Uhlberg is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of a number of children’s books. He lives with his wife in Santa Monica and Palm Springs.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553906271
Subtitle:
A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Author:
Uhlberg, Myron
Author:
Myron Uhlberg
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Health & Fitness : Hearing
Subject:
Health & Fitness : Hearing & Speech
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Deaf
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Deaf - Family relationships - United States
Subject:
Children of deaf parents -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Deaf Studies-Deaf Culture
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090203
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
232

Related Subjects

Biography » General
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