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At the age of seven, after recovering from spinal meningitis, Heppner sat at the piano and noticed something curious: the keys she was plinking "became hollow-sounding and disembodied, as if I were playing . . . from a great distance." The illness had rendered her almost completely deaf. She learned to lip-readsic her teachers; and when their backs were turned, she relieved the silent tedium by reading mysteries concealed in her schoolbooks. Heppner wryly describes an adolescence marred by more than the usual physical inconveniences: "I felt like a robot. With my hearing aid, glasses, braces and retainer, I was loaded with hardware. When I turned in any direction, something would glitter." By college, she was good enough at speechreading and mimicking that she was able to pass herself off as "normal." At 25 she suffered two strokes, one of which destroyed the remaining hearing in her left ear--her good ear. No longer able to deny her deafness, Heppner learned sign language and began to address the hidden anger that she felt about a life without sound. She describes the miscommunication between those who hear and those who don't in painful detail, and shares bitter memories of being laughed at by her peers for her incomprehensible attempts to read aloud. But these misunderstandings go both ways: when President Bush said "Read my lips, no new taxes" on television, what Heppern understood him to say was "gold new glasses" or "oh, nude asses." Heppner's book is a modest, unasssuming effort to bridge the gap between the silent and the hearing worlds.
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Heppner, rendered deaf by a bout of spinal meningitis, here describes her world of silence. Her family's love for music continued unabated despite her condition, but Heppner could sense only its vibrations. She attended high school and college, then fell in love and married. Her life was seemingly perfect until she suffered two strokes, making her hearing loss even more profound. Only then did she decide to learn sign language. Job discrimination and acquaintance with other handicapped people eventually led Heppner to activism. Readers will find it easy to put themselves in her place and come away with her new vision. Her accounts of her personal and working lives are equally informative. Despite a few overly detailed passages, this autobiography is highly recommended.
- Ina Wise, Daley Com munity Coll. Lib., Chicago
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Gallaudet University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563680165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563680168
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,785,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am amazed by this woman!! I grew up in a deaf household and being hearing myself, I have a whole new understanding of what my parents went through during their lives. I think anyone with a curiosity for deafness should read this book because it is extraordinary. I applaud Cheryl Heppner for surviving in the hearing world and finding her way.
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There is no doubt that Cheryl Heppner rose above her diversity to do many great things. I was particularly excited to know she had an autobiography out, but I must admit I was rather dissapointed at the this book.
I started this book four times and three times I couldn't get past the middle. The fourth was forced and I did finish the book. Although it has some interesting insight, it's rather dull and I found myself asking, "Why has she gone on for four pages about (such and such) boring subject," many times throughout the book. I am not insulting Cheryl herself or her life by no means. But to sit through that book again would be ... well, unthinkable and I don't recommend it for reading pleasure. Perhaps for a sleep aid.... That's just this deafie's opinion. :o(
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