May 3: Hands of My Father

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Both heart-tugging and hilarious, Myron Uhlberg's memoir tells the story of growing up as the hearing son of deaf parents - and his life in a world that he found unaccountably beautiful, even as he longed to escape it.
 
Uhlberg's first language was American Sign Language. The first sign he learned: "I love you." But his second language was spoken English - and 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 Depression - an expression of extraordinary optimism, and typical of the joy and resilience they were able to summon at even the darkest of times.
 
Please join us Thursday, May 3 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the LLL Center. Nancy Brown will facilitate the discussion and Stanleigh Chism will demonstrate the use of sign language.   It is free but registration is required.  This book is available by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Upcoming books:
June 7 - When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
July 5 - Beneath the Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
Aug. 2 - The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
Sept. 6 - Still Life With Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen
Oct. 4 - The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
Nov. 1 - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Dec. 6 - The Other Einstein: A Novel by Marie Benedict
 

 

Books read thus far are

  • June 2017: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell 
  • July 2017: The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion.
  • August 2017:  3mph: The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around the World by Polly Letofsky
  • September 2017: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • October 2017: These is My Words by Nancy Turner
  • Nov. 2, Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  • Dec. 7, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Jan. 4: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • Feb. 1: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • March 1: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • April 5, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

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