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Hands of My Father

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Hands of My Father

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
73728
publisher:
Bantam
genre:
Memoir, Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

Myron Uhlberg’s childhood memoir, Hands of My Father, features all the hallmarks of 1940s Brooklyn: Ebbets Field, Coney Island, the local candy store. It’s standard-issue nostalgia but for one crucial detail: Both of his parents are deaf. As such, the family never cared much for language’s subtleties, and cumbersome wordplay sounds through the book, as when a lifeguard’s whistle falls ”on what were literally deaf ears.” Yet whether translating spoken insults into signs for his dad or caring for his epileptic younger brother because his parents couldn’t hear the seizures from the next room, Uhlberg shows he grew up faster than most. In the retelling, as in his upbringing, actions speak louder than words. B+

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