Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway through Life

Hardcover | February 26, 2013

byGerald Shea

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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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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...

Gerald Shea was born in New York City and has lived most of his life in New York and in Paris. He practiced law in both cities for many years with Debevoise & Plimpton as a member of the New York and Paris bars. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Yale University and Columbia Law School.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 26, 2013Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306821931

ISBN - 13:9780306821936

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“Sheawrites with elegance, finesse, and humor.”Action on Hearing Loss (UK), Summer 2014“Shea has presented us with a cogent, beautifully literate and breakthrough book of the philosophy of being a partially deaf person.”Sante Fe New Mexican, 5/10/13 “The struggle alone would make good reading, but it's Shea's infusion of his experience with music and his explorations of the very nature of language that make this book cross into fascinating. And since 30 million Americans have some hearing loss, the story is probably closer to home than you realize.”Psychology Today blog, 5/2813 “[Shea] writes beautifully, and his reflections on partial hearing loss are insightful and often very movingSong Without Words is compelling reading.”The Spectator (UK), 6/22/13 “Shea's story, fascinating and unusual in some of its details, gives a valuable insight into the experience of many.”New York Journal of Books, 6/24/13 “What makes [Song without Words] shine is the sparkling of humor throughout, the addition of glimpses into his personal life, and the easing of what might be considered arrogance by tastefully illustrating his kindness and humility. You just can't help but like this man.”