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, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.12 inPublished:February 26, 2013Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306821931

ISBN - 13:9780306821936

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“Humans communicate. It's not second nature, it's nature. Without that, what is it like to be human? Shea's Song Without Words is as eloquent an answer as we are likely to get.”Library Journal, 3/15/13 “An inspiring and thought-provoking read.”Booklist, 2/27/13 “Fascinating[Shea's] story gives one a renewed appreciation for both the ear and the human spirit.”Philadelphia Tribune, 3/1/13 “Witty and candidBrings fascinating new insight into the nature and significance of language, the meaning of deafness—and the fierce controversy between advocates of signing versus those who favor oral education.”Hudson Valley News, 2/27/13 “Well toldShea [comes] to terms with his mid-life discovery with wisdom, wit, and the uncanny ability to make his story fascinating to all of us.”InfoDad.com, 3/7/13 “Fascinating reading.”Grand Piano Passion, 4/16/13 “Gives a poetic window into the everyday struggles of a person with a significant hearing loss, yet also shows the way for living with a loss with acceptance, creativity, and even joy.”American Lawyer (website), 4/19/13 “Elegantly written.”Millbrook Independent, 5/28/14