Guest Review: Deaf Isn’t Dumb by Tara Chevrestt
Most of us go through life with blinders on, knowing only that situation to which we are born. Naturally, we give little thought to the personal experiences of others, unconsciously assuming that the person next to us views and experiences life much as we do ourselves. Seldom are we able to step into another’s shoes and see life from an entirely different perspective, but on occasion, books such as Tara Chevrestt’s Deaf Isn’t Dumb provide just such opportunities.
In relating her personal experiences – her struggles, her triumphs and her observations – Chevrestt exhibits not only a remarkable amount of courage, but a hope, a heartfelt desire to dispel a misconception while redefining how we perceive the hearing impaired.
I think the most noteworthy point of the book is that Chevrestt doesn’t wallow in self-pity but neither does she vilify those who have trespassed against her in either ignorance or enmity. This is a straight forward look at the world she lives in everyday, one which is in some ways entirely familiar but in others, wholly foreign.
An enlightening and amusing story of strength, perseverance and tenacity made all the more moving in that it is true.
Note: Deaf Isn’t Dumb was re-released under the title Hear Through My Ears in August of 2012.