Sunday, July 29, 2012

Turn a Deaf Ear by Janet Horger (Giveaway!)

Update: The giveaway has closed and the winner is Jim. Jim, I'll be in contact with you.Thanks to everyone who entered!

I just finished an interesting book called Turn a Deaf Ear, by Janet Horger, and wanted to share my thoughts on it. Be sure to check the end of this post for the opportunity to win a copy of this book courtesy of the author.

Turn a Deaf Ear is the story of Linda and John, mostly focusing on Linda. The reader is taken through Linda's early life and experiences, complete with recipes for some of the amazing-sounding food that her Italian family dishes up. Linda meets John and in turn is introduced to the wider Deaf community and American Sign Language.

I really enjoyed this book. The writing is very personable and accessible, and it's a great multicultural experience. The challenges that Deaf people experienced during this time period (the '60s and '70s) and continue to experience are highlighted. There's also some nice humor from Linda's mother and other members of her family.

If you would like to win a copy of Turn a Deaf Ear for yourself, just enter a comment below (US/CAN only please). You can enter as often as you like, but please make sure you include some way for me to get in touch with you. I will choose a winner on August 2, 2012.


  1. Megan,

    That's so thoughtful of you to offer a give away. Please toss my name in the bowl too.


  2. Megan,

    Very thoughtful of you to offer this give-away. Please toss my name into the bowl too.

    Thank you,

  3. Looks like a good book. It helps for people to share their experiences. It is like C.S. Lewis quote “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

  4. Sorry forgot my contact info Jim Willis -

    1. Congrats Jim, you were the winner of this drawing. I'll email you shortly!


  6. The book sounds interesting. I will have to see if Amazon has it. I am recently deaf and learning about this World of Silence is challenging but also appreciate things now I didn't before.

    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Thanks Megan - just got the book in the mail today from Darlene Chan, publicist. Looking forward to reading the book :)

  8. Megan - I got book on Friday the 7th as I mentioned. It was my weekend reading project. I finished it.
    The book is really good, it is a good way to share with people in what happens in daily life and relationships with the Deaf.
    The main body of the book with a few of the interactions where Linda has to move, and the family gatherings. Also meeting people like Molly, the Deaf Angel and the situation near the end of the book in chapter 11 gives an insight to how some perceive the Deaf, but maybe saves Linda's life.
    I would recommend the book as a good read, and also an insight to Deaf-hearing relationships.

    Only one correction that I see needs to be added to the reference on page 70 to "ASL was called pidgin and derived from Indian hand language" - needs to just have a note added that it also includes roots from France and LSF.

    Overall - an excellent read.
    Also would recommend Harlan Lane's book "When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf"

    Also check:

    American Sign Language (ASL) is the natural and preferred language of the Deaf community in both the United States and Canada. Woodward (1978) estimated that approximately 60% of the ASL lexicon is derived from early 19th century French Sign Language, which is known as langue des signes fran├žaise (LSF). The lexicon of LSF and ASL may be derived from several sources such as gestures, home signs created by deaf individuals living with their hearing families, North American Indian sign languages, Martha Vineyard sign language, and new signs added to LSF and ASL through the generations.


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