Aug 24

In this absorbing story of the changing life of a community, the authors of Deaf in America reveal historical events and forces that have shaped the ways that Deaf people define themselves today. Inside Deaf Culture relates Deaf people’s search for a voice of their own, and their proud self-discovery and self-description as a flourishing culture. Padden and Humphries show how the nineteenth-century schools for the deaf, with their denigration of sign language and their insistence on oralis…

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Jun 05

Jennifer Rosner’s revelatory memoir explores family, silence, and what it means to be heard. When her daughters are born deaf, Rosner is stunned. Then she discovers a hidden history of deafness in her family, going back generations to the Jewish enclaves of Eastern Europe. Traveling back in time, she imagines her silent relatives, who showed surprising creativity in dealing with a world that preferred to ignore them.

Rosner shares her journey into the mode… More >>

If a Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and Be Heard

Jun 05

The Lives They Left Behind is a deeply moving testament to the human side of mental illness, and of the narrow margin which so often separates the sane from the mad.  It is a remarkable portrait, too, of the life of a psychiatric asylum–the sort of community in which, for better and for worse, hundreds of thousands of people lived out their lives. Darby Penney and Peter Stastny’s careful historical (almost archaeological) and biographical reconstructions… More >>

The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

Jun 05

Deformed and disabled bodies have been subject to a variety of responses throughout history: being seen as omens or prodigies; divine punishment for sin; freaks and curiosities; as inducing laughter; embarrassment or compassion; and as the subjects of disciplining initiatives; institutionalization or medical and charitable care. Essays in this collection, written by an international set of contributors, provide a scholarly social history of disability: they explore … More >>

Social Histories of Disability and Deformity

Jun 04

Samuel Adams: A Life

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The rousing story of Samuel Adams, the Founding Father who has been undeservedly overlooked by history but who, in Thomas Jefferson’s words, was “truly the Man of the Revolution.”… More >>

Samuel Adams: A Life

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