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But you look so normal : lost and found in a hearing world / Claudia Marseille.

Marseille, Claudia, (author.).


By age four, Claudia Marseille had hardly uttered a word. When her parents finally had her hearing tested and learned she had a severe hearing loss, they chose to mainstream her, hoping this would offer her the most “normal” childhood possible. With the help of a primitive hearing aid, Claudia worked hard to learn to hear, lipread, and speak even as she tried to hide her disability in order to fit in. As a result, she was often misunderstood, lonely, and isolated—fitting into neither the hearing world nor the Deaf culture. This memoir explores Claudia’s relationships with her German refugee parents—a disturbed, psychoanalyst father obsessed over various harebrained projects and moneymaking schemes and a Jewish mother who had survived the Holocaust in Munich—and with her own identity. Claudia shares how she emerged from loneliness and social isolation, explored her Jewish identity, struggled to find a career compatible with hearing loss, and eventually opened herself to a life of creativity and love.

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  • ISBN: 9781647426262
  • ISBN: 164742626X
  • Physical Description: xiii, 263 pages : illustrations, portraits, photographs ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: Trade paperback.
  • Publisher: Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, 2024.
Subject: Marseille, Claudia.
Deafness > Biography.
Deafness in children > Biography.
People with disabilities > Biography.
Jewish women > Biography.
Jewish women artists > Biography.
Painters > United States > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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North Kansas City Public Library 305 MARSEILLE 2024 (Text) 0001012556235 Nonfiction New Available -

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