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

ISBN-10: 0553806882
ISBN-13: 9780553806885
Edition: 2009
Authors: Myron Uhlberg
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Description: By turns heart-tugging and hilarious, Myron Uhlberg's memoir tells the story of growing up as the hearing son of deaf parentsand his life in a world that he found unaccountably beautiful, even as he longed to escape it. "Does sound have rhythm?" my  More...

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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/3/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

By turns heart-tugging and hilarious, Myron Uhlberg's memoir tells the story of growing up as the hearing son of deaf parentsand 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 Englishand 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 Depressionan 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 pages of the books he devoured to the hospital ward where he visits his polio-afflicted friend, this is a memoir filled with stories about growing up not just as the child of two deaf people but as a book-loving, mischief-making, tree-climbing kid during the remarkably eventful period that spanned the Depression, the War, and the early fifties.

Prologue
The Sound of Silence
Memorabilia: A Fox in Brooklyn
The Child as Father of the Man
Memorabilia: The Language of Touch
The Fights
Memorabilia: Sounds in the Night
Another Child
Memorabilia: Trains, Trains, Trains
Heaven
Clothes Make the Boy
A Day in the City
Memorabilia: Gone Fishing
The Smell of Reading
Falling in Love
Tales Told
Memorabilia: What's in a Name
The Sound of Color
The Triangle and the Chihuahua
My Father's Language
Memorabilia: The Palmer Method
Parent-Teacher Night
Memorabilia: The Spider-Man of Ninth Street
A Boy in Uniform
Memorabilia: A Chip Off the Old Block
Brooklyn Bully
Polio
Memorabilia: The End of the Presidency
A Boy Becomes a Man
Vaudeville on 86th Street
Sounds from the Heart
My Brother's Keeper
Dad, Jackie, and Me
Silent Snow
Pigskin Dreams
Exodus
The Duke of Coney Island
Death, a Stranger
Epilogue

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