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"Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre": Photographs of a River Life Paperback – August, 1995
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Review Maggie's first camera belonged to her older sister, Myrtle, also born deaf, who died at the age of 16. Myrtle received her box camera from a program of the Eastman Kodak Company in 1930. They gave a new box camera to any child who turned 12 in 1930. Six years later, Maggie inherited the camera. Maggie used the camera to record and tell the story of her life - born into traditional river culture, living it, helping to shape it, and at the same time documenting it. As someone who grew up fishing on rivers (for food, sport, relaxation) it was easy for me to see her life come to life through her photography. I wish I had met her. I love her narrative and images of tarring fish nets, and of fish- all the fish she photographed, and especially those with her and her father. And then there is her dog!
Is it a 5 star memoir? For me, for this book, yes - a different gauge is used. Being deaf, and not able to speak, living on a floating houseboat, I believe Maggie Lee Sayre told the best story she could tell.