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In a message dated 3/5/2007 10:01:08 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
Dear Dr. Bill,
I just wanted to pass along a book recommendation for your list. I
found it in the YFIC section of my library. “Of Sound Mind” by Jean
Ferris, 2001, available in paperback and hardcover.
It is the story
of Theo, a high school senior; the only hearing member of his
family. His mother is a self-absorbed, successful sculptor, who
prefers to use her son as her main interpreter, rather than employ
professional interpreters, “hearies” whom she mistrusts. Theo meets
Ivy, a hearing girl, also fluent in ASL because her father is deaf.
I recommend this book, not so much for its plot, but because it
provides hearing readers with a window on many aspects of deaf
culture and interpreting.
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