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“I thought I knew about the Peace Corps until I read Josh Swiller’s hilarious, troubling, and at times frightening recreation of his time in Zambia. His wit spares no one—least of all himself—and his generosity of spirit encompasses nearly everyone. His experiences in Africa transformed him, and this book will transform readers.”—Laurence Bergreen, author of Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
“Josh Swiller was 22 and profoundly deaf when he applied to the Peace Corps in search of adventure. And indeed, adventure he found. His experiences in Zambia are eloquently recounted in his hard-to-put-down memoir of deafness and Africa, “The Unheard””—The New York Times, Health section
"Several ingredients are crucial in a memoir like this: humor, the ability to see enough details to make the scene come alive and a dispassionate compassion. Swiller has them all."—Los Angeles Times
"[Swiller's] appealing, intelligent narrative serves both as a coming of age story and as a penetrating light into one corner of a tormented continent."—Washington Post
“Josh Swiller rewrites the familiar African narrative with a purity that makes the tragic beauty of that devastated continent a stunning novelty for readers. We experience the rich, tangible passions of love, honor and revenge in Africa, amplified a thousandfold in the quiet world of the deaf.”—New York Observer
From the night I started reading The Unheard until the next night when I finished it, I could barely put the book down.
Empathetic, vivid and gripping, Josh Swiller's "The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa" is the rare book that is both thought-provoking and a great read.
Swiller was a Peace Corps volunteer who went to Zambia, Africa to build a well in a small village that had many problems.
Great book. Read it for a class, but was a good read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by any
I worked with Josh Swiller this past year and it was only as I was leaving employment that another co-worker told me of this book Josh had written. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew Palm
I'm actually still reading this book but I had the pleasure of meeting the author and can sort of relate since I am a sibling of a deaf adult and have been a professional in cued... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Juli
Josh Swiller tells the story of being deaf in a country of warfare, disease, corrupted government and a loving but very different community. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sarah B Segal
This story provided an understanding of the Deaf school in Africa, the African view of deafness, and the African view of Americans.Published 10 months ago by Jessica Kales
As a Deaf person and nomadic traveler to more than 60 countries, I can relate to this book. Josh's an amazing person and character to follow. Enjoy!Published 12 months ago by Darren Frazier
A true story of a young man's adventures while with the Peace Corps in Africa coupled with his account of growing up virtually deaf in the US.Published 15 months ago by Art Pearce
First, let me say, this is a good book. Josh is a fine writer and a good, even excellent, storyteller. I read it quickly and eagerly, finishing it up on a flight back from Nambia. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bill Gallagher