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  • Da Capo Press

Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway through Life

Gerald Shea

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

An intimate and original view into the hidden world of deafness by an international lawyer who survived Andover, Yale, Columbia Law School and partnership in a prestigious New York law despite severe hearing loss not diagnosed until he was 34.

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. Song without Words tells the astonishing story of a man who, at the age of thirty-four, discovered that he had been deaf since childhood, yet somehow managed to navigate his way through Andover, Yale, and Columbia Law School, and to establish a prestigious international legal career.Gerald Shea's witty and candid memoir of how he compensated for his deafness- through sheer determination and an amazing ability to translate the melody of vowels. His experience gives fascinating new insight into the nature and significance of language, the meaning of deafness, the fierce controversy between advocates of signing and of oral education, and the longing for full communication that unites us all.

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