Finished! Eavesdropping

Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness
Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness by Stephen Kuusisto
This is an amazing and beautiful book. The author has been blind since birth. He has retinitis pigmentosa which allows him to see colors in big fuzzy blobs. Eavesdropping is a collection of experiences he’s had told by ear. He starts with one of his earliest memories, living in Finland and listening by the sea with his father. He travels all over the world and sightsees by ear. He purposely gets lost in Venice just to be able to take in all the sounds that is Venice.

This book gives the sighted a whole new appreciation of the art of listening.

I may be a little biased in my appreciation of this book. In college I was lucky enough to have two classes that were taught by Mr. Kuusisto. The first was an Introduction to Disability Studies class. The first day of class he comes in after most of us were there, with sunglasses on and his guide dog, Vidal. My first thought was, “Awesome! A Disability Studies class taught by someone who is blind!” He is an amazing writer and poet. Both of which are evident in the book. Everyone should read this book!

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Spring Book Challenge: Read a non-fiction book.

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