Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway through Life
At age 34, Gerald Shea discovered that he had been deaf since childhood despite somehow maintaining a prestigious legal career
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||Deaf - United States, Shea, Gerald, Deaf lawyers - United States
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Much has been written about the profoundly deaf, but the lives of the nearly 30 million partially deaf people in the United States today remain hidden. Gerald Shea's witty and candid memoir of how he compensated--through sheer determination and an amazing ability to translate the melody of vowels--brings fascinating new insight into the nature and significance of language, the meaning of deafness, the fierce controversy between advocates of signing versus those who favor oral education, and the longing for full communication that unites us all.
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||A brilliant window into the largely unknown world of the partially deaf: riveting to read, <br>and illuminating at every level. --Antonia Fraser, author of My Life with Harold Pinter <br><br> Fascinating, heartbreaking, heroic, and relentlessly riveting. --Louis Begley, author of About Schmidt <br>
Gerald Shea was born in New York City and has lived most of his life in New York and in Paris. He practiced law in both cities for many years with Debevoise & Plimpton as a member of the New York and Paris bars. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Yale University and Columbia Law School.