as i saw it a sighted daughters memoir of growing up with blind parents

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As I Saw It

Author : Laura Schriner
ISBN : 0692690298
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Roy and Diane met as young people at Orientation Center for the Blind. Growing up in the depression, both of them came from hard early lives. Despite the adversity of being blind in a sighted world, Roy and Diane built a family, overcame prejudice and mistreatment, and raised their children to know the true meaning of living your best life.

C Mon Papa

Author : Ryan Knighton
ISBN : 9780307373915
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Ryan Knighton's humorous and perceptive tales of fatherhood take us inside an unusual new family, one bound by its father's particular darkness and light. C'mon Papa is Ryan Knighton's heartbreaking and hilarious voyage through the first year of fatherhood. Becoming a father is a stressful, daunting rite of passage to be sure, but for a blind father, the fears are unimaginably heightened. Ryan will have to find novel ways to adapt to nearly every aspect of parenting: the most basic skills are nearly impossible to contemplate, let alone master. And how will Ryan get to know this pre-verbal bundle of coos and burps when he can't see her smile, or look into her eyes for hints of the person to come? But this is no pity party, and Ryan has no time for sentimentality. Tackling these hurdles with grace and humour, Ryan is determined to do his part - and this is where the fun starts. From holding his daughter as she wails into the night to their first nerve-wracking walk to the cafe, no activity between father and daughter is without its pitfalls. In his struggle to "see" Tess, Ryan reimagines the relationship between father and child during that first chaotic year. From the Hardcover edition.

Planet Of The Blind

Author : Stephen Kuusisto
ISBN : 9780385333276
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Describes how a post-natal medical procedure rendered the author legally blind, forcing him to endure a difficult childhood with bottle-lens glasses, depression, obesity, anorexia, and an inability to trust and ask for help, until he met Corky, a seeing-eye dog who changed his life

Now I See You

Author : Nicole C. Kear
ISBN : 9781250026569
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An uplifting account of a young woman's efforts to live life to its fullest while gradually going blind describes her diagnosis with retinitis pigmentosa at age 19, her reckless relationships, training at a circus school and extensive travels before unexpectedly falling in love and becoming pregnant. 30,000 first printing.

Now I See You

Author : Nicole C. Kear
ISBN : 9781250026576
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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At nineteen years old, Nicole C. Kear's biggest concern is choosing a major--until she walks into a doctor's office in midtown Manhattan and gets a life-changing diagnosis. She is going blind, courtesy of an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and has only a decade or so before Lights Out. Instead of making preparations as the doctor suggests, Kear decides to carpe diem and make the most of the vision she has left. She joins circus school, tears through boyfriends, travels the world, and through all these hi-jinks, she keeps her vision loss a secret. When Kear becomes a mother, just a few years shy of her vision's expiration date, she amends her carpe diem strategy, giving up recklessness in order to relish every moment with her kids. Her secret, though, is harder to surrender - and as her vision deteriorates, harder to keep hidden. As her world grows blurred, one thing becomes clear: no matter how hard she fights, she won't win the battle against blindness. But if she comes clean with her secret, and comes to terms with the loss, she can still win her happy ending. Told with humor and irreverence, Now I See You is an uplifting story about refusing to cower at life's curveballs, about the power of love to triumph over fear. But, at its core, it's a story about acceptance: facing the truths that just won't go away, and facing yourself, broken parts and all.

That S That

Author : Colin Broderick
ISBN : 9780307716347
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A brutally honest and deeply affecting memoir about growing up in the countryside in rebel country in Northern Ireland. Colin Broderick was born in 1968 and spent his childhood in Tyrone county, in Northern Ireland. It was the beginning of the period of heightened tension and violence known as the Troubles, and Colin's Catholic family lived in the heart of rebel country. The community was filled with Provisional IRA members whose lives depended on the silence and complicity of their neighbors. At times, that made for a confusing childhood. We watch as he and his brothers play ball with the neighbor children over a fence for years, but are never allowed to play together because it is forbidden. We see him struggle to understand why young men from his community often just disappear. And we feel his confusion when he is held at gunpoint at various military checkpoints in the North. But even when Colin does ask his parents about these events, he never receives a clear explanation. Desperate to protect her children, Colin's mother tries to prevent exposure to or knowledge of the harm that surrounds them. Spoken with stern finality, "That's that" became the refrain of Colin's childhood. The first book to paint a detailed depiction of Northern Ireland's Troubles is presented against a personal backdrop and is told in the wry, memorable voice of a man who's finally come to terms with his past.

Not Fade Away

Author : Rebecca Alexander (Psychotherapist)
ISBN : 9781592408313
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A woman who is slowly losing her sight and hearing chronicles her amazing life—from trying to hide her disability as a teenager to fully embracing life as an adult with humor and gratitude, completing a 600-mile bike race and hiking the Inca Trail—in a book where the author reflects not just on what she has lost, but also what she has gained. 30,000 first printing.

The Wine Lover S Daughter

Author : Anne Fadiman
ISBN : 9780374711764
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In The Wine Lover’s Daughter, Anne Fadiman examines—with all her characteristic wit and feeling—her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, a renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host whose greatest love was wine. An appreciation of wine—along with a plummy upper-crust accent, expensive suits, and an encyclopedic knowledge of Western literature—was an essential element of Clifton Fadiman’s escape from lower-middle-class Brooklyn to swanky Manhattan. But wine was not just a class-vaulting accessory; it was an object of ardent desire. The Wine Lover’s Daughter traces the arc of a man’s infatuation from the glass of cheap Graves he drank in Paris in 1927; through the Château Lafite-Rothschild 1904 he drank to celebrate his eightieth birthday, when he and the bottle were exactly the same age; to the wines that sustained him in his last years, when he was blind but still buoyed, as always, by hedonism. Wine is the spine of this touching memoir; the life and character of Fadiman’s father, along with her relationship with him and her own less ardent relationship with wine, are the flesh. The Wine Lover’s Daughter is a poignant exploration of love, ambition, class, family, and the pleasures of the palate by one of our finest essayists.

Teaching The Cat To Sit

Author : Michelle Theall
ISBN : 9781451697315
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A compelling memoir of a gay Catholic woman struggling to find balance between being a daughter and a mother raising her son with a loving partner in the face of discrimination. From the time she was born, Michelle Theall knew she was different. Coming of age in the Texas Bible Belt, a place where it was unacceptable to be gay, Theall found herself at odds with her strict Roman Catholic parents, bullied by her classmates, abandoned by her evangelical best friend whose mother spoke in tongues, and kicked out of Christian organizations that claimed to embrace her—all before she’d ever held a girl’s hand. Shame and her longing for her mother’s acceptance led her to deny her feelings and eventually run away to a remote stretch of mountains in Colorado. There, she made her home on an elk migration path facing the Continental Divide, speaking to God every day, but rarely seeing another human being. At forty-three years of age and seemingly settled in her decision to live life openly as a gay woman, Theall and her partner attempt to have their son baptized into the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in the liberal town of Boulder, Colorado. Her quest to have her son accepted into the Church leads to a battle with Sacred Heart and with her mother that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the bonds of family and faith. And she realizes that in order to be a good mother, she may have to be a bad daughter. Teaching the Cat to Sit examines the modern roles of motherhood and religion and demonstrates that our infinite capacity to love has the power to shape us all.

Impaired But Empowered

Author : Walter Ashby
ISBN : 0998398705
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Growing up in Mineral Wells, Texas, during the 1950s and 60s was anything but idyllic for Walter Ashby. Due to a misdiagnosis and medical error, his sister Janie went from being a lively young girl to a shell of a person who required their parents' attention 24 hours a day, every day. To add insult to injury, his parents received another blow: before Walter was six years old, he lost 98 percent of his vision, leaving him legally blind. Speaking as though he was not present, doctors told Walter's parents not to expect much: he wouldn't graduate from high school, let alone attend college. He would never drive, and probably wouldn't do anything meaningful with his life. While the diagnosis stung, instead of looking at his disability as an impairment, Walter saw it as a challenge. He didn't want to be a burden to his parents--instead Walter chose to disregard his naysayers and prove how wrong they were. By relying on faith--along with his own initiative and a handful of caring adults including his father--not only did he graduate from high school and college, Walter earned two graduate degrees, married the girl of his dreams, became a father, and enjoyed a long and successful career helping others. Walter proved the cynics wrong. Impaired, But Empowered is a story of the human spirit and how that spirit has been passed to future generations--both Ashby's daughters and one grandson inherited the same gene and are also sight-impaired. Most of all, Impaired, But Empowered is the story about why you should never stop believing in yourself or your faith.

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