Julie's Reviews > I Was #87: A Deaf Woman's Ordeal of Misdiagnosis, Institutionalization, and Abuse

I Was #87 by Anne M. Bolander
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Nov 24, 2009

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bookshelves: boarding-school, deaf, memoir
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Anne Bolander's story about growing up hard of hearing while everyone thought she was mentally disabled. She's sent away at a young age to an institution that is nothing but abuse and neglect. When she comes home, more abuse. It's a very depressing and disturbing story.

As I was reading, I was compelled to keep reading, as I waited for someone to rescue her and give the book a happy ending. Well, there's some of that, but not nearly soon enough.

I realize there's a whole genre of books like this and I just wonder how anyone can want to read more than one of them.

It's important that people's stories like this get told. But why are some people so.. _eager_ to listen?

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