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The Resource Hands of My Father

Hands of My Father

Label
Hands of My Father
Title
Hands of My Father
Statement of responsibility
Myron Uhlberg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
By turns 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."Does sound have rhythm?" my father asked. "Does it rise and fall like the ocean? Does it come and go like the wind?"Such were the kinds of questions that Myron Uhlberg's deaf father asked him from earliest childhood, in his eternal quest to decipher, and to understand, the elusive nature of sound. Quite a challenge for a young boy, and one of many he would face. 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.From the beaches of Coney Island to Ebbets Field, where he watches his father's hero Jackie Robinson play ball, from the branch library above the local Chinese restaurant where the odor of chow mein rose from the pages of the books he devoured to the hospital ward where he visits his polio-afflicted friend, this is a memoir filled with stories about growing up not just as the child of two deaf people but as a book-loving, mischief-making, tree-climbing kid during the remarkably eventful period that spanned the Depression, the War, and the early fifties.From the Hardcover edition
Summary
The author describes growing up as the hearing son of two deaf parents during the Depression, the challenges of straddling the world of the deaf and the hearing world beyond the family's apartment, and his occasional resentment of the burdens of his roleas an interpreter
Biography type
autobiography
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293553
Cataloging source
DLC
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Uhlberg, Myron
Dewey number
  • 306.874092
  • 920
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Family & Relationships
  • Health & Fitness
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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a hearing boy, his deaf parents, and the language of love
Label
Hands of My Father
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:e9689734-650c-4be1-ac40-c0a88ea69b13
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780553906271
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Hands of My Father
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:e9689734-650c-4be1-ac40-c0a88ea69b13
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780553906271
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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