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In Silence

Growing up Hearing in A Deaf World
Sidransky, Ruth (Book - 2006 )
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At last, Ruth Sidranksy’s groundbreaking book In Silence: Growing Up Hearing in a Deaf World is back in print. Her account of growing up as the hearing daughter of deaf Jewish parents in the Bronx and Brooklyn during the 1930s and1940s reveals the challenges deaf people faced during the Depression and afterward.

Inside her family’s apartment, Sidransky knew a warm, secure place. She recalls her earliest memories of seeing words fall from her parents’ hands. She remembers her father entertaining the family endlessly with his stories, and her mother’s story of tying a red ribbon to herself and her infant daughter to know when she needed anything in the night.

Outside the apartment, the cacophonous hearing world greeted Sidransky’s family with stark stares of curiosity as though they were ?freaks.” Always upbeat, her proud father still found it hard to earn a living. When Sidransky started school, she was placed in a class for special needs children until the principal realized that she could hear and speak.

Sidransky portrays her family with deep affection and honesty, and her frank account provides a living narrative of the Deaf experience in pre- and post-World War II America. In Silence has become an invaluable chronicle of a special time and place that will affect all who read it for years to come.


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When Sidransky and her mother could not enter a synagogue because they had no tickets, her mother insisted they stand outside to be near God, because God would understand. Sidransky's mother imparted this, as she did with all her wisdom, with her hands. Sidransky's landmark memoir is back in print here, and her descriptions of Deaf life in the 1930s and 1940s in a Bronx and Brooklyn Jewish household are illuminating. Her parents were hard-working, warm and generous, bringing up their children and somehow making ends meet with humor and love. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Authors: Sidransky, Ruth
Statement of Responsibility: Ruth Sidransky
Title: In silence
growing up hearing in a deaf world
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet University Press, c2006
Characteristics: xi, 343 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1: My beginnings
Hands
School days
2: The world of my parents
School for Benny and Mary
A deaf world
Mary
Mary and Benny, a love story
Benny
Benny and Ruthie
3: Growing up hearing
Childhood lost
When other children die
Prayer
The West Bronx
Benny, my touchstone
High school
Fantasies
College
4: Voices
My deaf family
Benny dies
Mary
Subject Headings: Sidransky, Ruth Children of parents with disabilities New York (State) New York Biography Parents with disabilities New York (State) New York Biography Deaf New York (State) New York Biography New York (N.Y.) Biography
Topical Term: Children of parents with disabilities
Parents with disabilities
Deaf
LCCN: 2006041041
ISBN: 1563682877
9781563682872
Branch Call Number: 306.874 S
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