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7:2 Monday, February 21, 2005

From the Country to the City and Back Again

Mary Herring Wright Continues Her Memoirs

From the author of Sounds Like Home: Growing Up Black and Deaf in the South comes Far from Home: Memories of World War II and Afterward. In it, Mary Herring Wright continues her memoirs in describing her life as a Deaf African American woman working in Washington, D.C., during World War II, then raising a family in her hometown of Iron Mine, NC.

In Sounds Like Home, the first memoir of its kind, Wright’s careful, moving description of her school years riveted her readers. The History of Education Quarterly declared, “It contains great information on African American culture and experience in particular,” while Booklist noted, “Thoughtfully expressed experiences permeate this compelling book.”

Far from Home is equally as captivating. When Wright announced that she would be moving to Washington, D.C., in late1942, her fathered commented, “She’s got no more business there than a pig has with a Bible.” However, she proved her father wrong. She passed the civil service examination with high marks and became a valued employee for the Navy. But not even close friends and a good job could shield Wright from the emotional toll she endured being away from her family. She soon returned to Iron Mine, NC with its familiar country living. Read about Mary Herring Wright’s move to the nation’s capital in chapter two, “The Start of My Big City Life,” and order Far from Home at your exclusive subscriber discount rate.

Hot off the press! Educational Interpreting: How It Can Succeed, edited by Elizabeth A. Winston, has just been released this month. Divided into three parts—Deaf Students, Interpreting and Interpreters, and Improving Interpreted Education—this incisive book explores the current state of educational interpreting, why it fails, and how it can succeed by defining the knowledge and skills interpreters must have and developing standards of practice and assessment. The contributors, all renowned experts in their field, include former educational interpreters, teachers of deaf students, interpreter trainers, and deaf recipients of interpreted educations. Read more about this intriguing topic in chapter six, “Competencies of K–12 Educational Interpreters: What We Need versus What We Have”, and order Educational Interpreting.

The Midwest Book Review published a glowing review of The American Sign Language Handshape Puzzle Book by Linda Lascelle Hillebrand in its February 2005 edition. “The American Sign Language Handshape Puzzle Book is a supplementary resource for classroom or self-teaching American Sign Language,” writes reviewer Betsy L. Hogan. “It consists of 54 different puzzles featuring 899 ASL signs, to help students review and strengthen their signing vocabulary. Simple diagrams of signs illustrate the words that belong in the crossword, word search, and four other types of puzzles, all divided into three different skill levels. A complete answer key for every puzzle is included in this clever and captivating educational tool.” Created as a companion to The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary by Richard A. Tennant and Marianne Gluszak Brown, this workbook provides a variety of puzzles to help you learn, strengthen, or review your signing vocabulary. Place your order today.

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