Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway through Life by Gerald SheaSong Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway through Life by Gerald Shea

Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway through Life

byGerald Shea

Hardcover | February 26, 2013

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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.
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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Title:Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway through LifeFormat: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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"[A] captivating memoir."-Jerome Groopman, New York Review of Books