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Sounds Like Home: Growing Up Black and Deaf in the South

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Mary Herring Wright’s memoiradds an important dimension to the current literature in that it is a story by and about an African American deaf child. The author recounts her experiences growing up as a deaf person in Iron Mine, North Carolina, from the 1920s through the 1940s.Her story is unique and historically significant because it provides valuable descriptive informati ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 15th 1999 by Gallaudet University Press
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I really enjoyed this book. Wright's experience as a child in a special boarding school for deaf/blind Black children is so well written it kept me turning pages, as she evokes her thoughts and feelings and reactions to events at each age in a way that puts us in the scene and made me remember what it was like to be seven, or ten, or fourteen. I wondered what the illness was that caused her hearing loss...at first it seemed to be an eye infection, given that she had to wear dark glasses for seve ...more
Kayla
Sep 21, 2011 Kayla rated it it was amazing
Mary is a sweet little girl who grows up in North Carolina around the time of the Great Depression. She was born hearing and loved life. The first 5 chapters of the book give all kinds of anecdotes about what life was like back then.

Around the age of 10, Mary loses all hearing. Because it’s post-lingual deafness (after the acquisition of spoken language), she has it “easier” than those born deaf or deaf by the age of two. However, in many ways it is more difficult. She relies on her memory of wh
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Stacey
Jul 01, 2007 Stacey rated it it was amazing
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I read this book for one of my graduate courses also. I really enjoyed this book knowing it happened in North Carolina. It's about a black girl growing up in the black section part of town, becoming sick and lost her hearing to attending residential school for the deaf colored in Raliegh. So many familiar names and places in NC makes it sound like home for me also. :-)
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