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10:8 Monday, August 25, 2008

Between Two Worlds

The Eighth Volume in the Deaf Lives Series Reveals
the Commonality in Two Women’s Uncommon Stories

“I remember clearly sitting in the doctor’s office and hearing her tell me that my little boy could not hear anything, that he was deaf,” shares Mary V. Rivers, one of the authors of Deaf Lives in Contrast: Two Women’s Stories. “I also remember hearing her say that she could do nothing to help him. This was a great shock to me, and it made me very angry. How could she be so cruel, to interfere with the happy life my husband and three handsome little boys led? Monty was three, Darrell was two, and Clay was only fourteen months old. Now this doctor was telling me that Clay was deaf. I knew nothing of this deaf world and it scared me.”

Conversely, Dvora Shurman relates her experience as a Coda (child of deaf adults): “I was part of my deaf parents, their ears, their voice to the hearing world, Mother and me sharing the task of being the mother. This book is a double helix, around the core of deafness and society, and my own duality in the deaf and hearing worlds. Telling these stories I drew understanding from them, coming to celebrate that I am my deaf parents’ daughter. May this book inspire my readers toward a similar understanding.”

The 8th volume in the Deaf Lives series, Deaf Lives in Contrast features these two women’s different stories: Mary V. Rivers of DeQuincy, LA raising a deaf child in the 50s and 60s and Dvora Shurman describing her life as a hearing child of deaf parents in Chicago during the 30s and 40s. Though worlds apart, the common thread that binds them together is each other’s belief in equal rights for all, deaf and hearing.

Order Deaf Lives in Contrast online or by mail at a special savings of 20%. When ordering online, type “AUG2008” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the “checkout” button.”

It’s Not What You Sign, It’s How You Sign It, Jack Hoza’s study on politeness theory between American Sign Language signers and English speakers, was recently highlighted in CHOICE magazine: “Until recently eyebrow lifts, puffed cheeks, movements of the mouth, head tilts, and eye gazes have been relatively unexplored in ASL linguistics. In this investigation of how to express politeness using the pragmatics of ASL, Hoza examines two forms of politeness: requests and rejections. He debunks the myth that ASL signers are always necessarily more direct than English speakers in their communication style. The book is written in an easy-to-understand style, and the pictures of the nonmanual signals are clear and easy to follow. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers, all levels.” Read more about this engrossing study in Chapter 8, Why It Matters How You Say It, and order It’s Not What You Sign, It’s How You Sign It here.

The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education recognized Surgical Consent: Bioethics and Cochlear Implantation by stating: “If you think you can disregard anti-implant reasoning and if you think you understand pro-implant arguments, read this book and know why, amidst advances in the implant field, [Paddy] Ladd finds these to be ‘dark and unpromising times’ for the ‘Peoples of the Eye’ (p. 26).” The full review is available online. In Surgical Consent, edited by Linda Komesaroff, renowned ethicists, educators, and Deaf leaders express their views on the bioethics of cochlear implantation of children. You can view the table of contents, the list of contributors, and read the editor’s introduction now. Order Surgical Consent today.

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