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Author presents 'Song Without Words: Discovering my Deafness Halfway Through Life'

Posted by Christina Jedra  June 19, 2013 10:20 AM

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The following was submitted by the Abbot Library:

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On Wednesday, June 26, at 7:00 pm, at the Abbot Public Library, author Gerald Shea will talk about his book "Song without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway Through Life." Copies of the book, for purchase and signing, will be provided at the event by the Spirit of '76 Bookstore. 

Much has been written about the profoundly deaf, but the lives of the nearly 30 million partially deaf in the United States today remain hidden. "Song without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway Through Life" tells the astonishing story of a man who, at the age of thirty-four, discovered that he had been deaf since childhood, yet somehow had 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 reveals 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 has lived most of his life in New York and in Paris, and practiced law in both cities for many years with Debevoise & Plimpton as a member of the New York and Paris bars. While at Phillips Academy he studied with Dudley Fitts, and at Yale with Maynard Mack and Robert Penn Warren. At Columbia Law School, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was awarded the Jerome Michael Scholarship for academic excellence, and clerked for Professor Julius Goebel, Jr., the preeminent legal historian of our time. He has published internationally in legal and financial journals but this is his first work for a general audience. He and his wife, Claire de Gramont, live in Paris and spend summers on the North Shore of Massachusetts.

The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information, please call 781-631- 1481 or visit www.abbotlibrary.org.

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