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review 2017-02-05 17:09
SHE TOUCHED THE WORLD: LAURA BRIDGMAN, DEAF-BLIND PIONEER by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander
She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer - Sally Hobart Alexander,Robert Alexander,Robert Alexander
  Laura Bridgman lost her sight and hearing at the age of 2. She was curious and frustrated lost in herself. Dr. Samuel Howe heard of her and came to see if he could help her. He took her back to the Perkins Institute where he taught her to read and write. He taught her fingerspelling and reading by raised letters. She became the teacher of Anne Sullivan who came to the Perkins Institute before she went on to become Helen Keller's teacher.

I got immersed in this story. I learned a lot. I never knew
Laura Bridgman lost her sight and hearing at the age of 2. She was curious and frustrated lost in herself. Dr. Samuel Howe heard of her and came to see if he could help her. He took her back to the Perkins Institute where he taught her to read and write. He taught her fingerspelling and reading by raised letters. She became the teacher of Anne Sullivan who came to the Perkins Institute before she went on to become Helen Keller's teacher.

The end of the book tells of the advances made from Laura's time in the mid-1800's to today. This is a fascinating read that pulled me in from the first page. It will remain on my keeper shelf.
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review 2016-07-18 03:19
On His Blindness (Whitehall Season 1 #3) by Barbara Samuel
Whitehall - Episode 3: "On His Blindness" - Barbara Samuel,Liz Duffy Adams,Delia Sherman,Mary Robinette Kowal,Sarah Smith,Madeleine Robins

A king and queen wage a war of wills in the third installment of Whitehall, an episodic royal tale full of true history and sensual intrigue, new from Serial Box Publishing.

The honeymoon is over as Charles and Catherine cross swords over the matter of his sultry mistress. With her eye on a lofty position in the queen’s inner circle, Barbara’s manner of persuasion proves pleasurable for some and painful for others.

This episode is brought to you by Barbara Samuel, who could persuade the devil himself.

"On His Blindness" continues the 13-part serial, Whitehall, presented by Serial Box. Intrigue, romance, and scandal fill the palace halls in this historical tale, collaboratively written by Liz Duffy Adams, Delia Sherman, Barbara Samuel, Madeleine Robins, Sarah Smith, and Mary Robinette Kowal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Review:

Tension rises in this third installment as Catherine, the King and Barbara all butt heads as Catherine tries to establish more control of her surroundings and Barbara tries to assert her own form of control by manipulating her way into Catherine's inner circle.

Again, I had to set aside actual historical expectations and maintain that this was purely unstudied fiction.

I think I enjoyed this installment a lot more than the previous one but again I felt it was a little bit short on development and detail which I wish had been a bit more but when you're involved with a serial there tends to be minor skipping for lack of page space to rush readers from point a to point b.

I would really like to see this serial brought together as a whole cohesive book with more fleshing and detail. I think it would be fantastic. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Krissys Bookshelf Reviews received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

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review 2016-02-09 14:33
Interesting autobiographical novel
Seeing Red - Lina Meruane

This book is described as a new-to-me genre – autobiographical novel. Apparently the author, Lina Meruane, had a stroke and suffered temporary blindness, necessitating surgery.  Her novel’s main character, also named Lina Meruane, is based on the author, also being an author having serious problems with her vision.  The literary character literally sees red from the burst blood vessels behind her eye.

 

The book is written in short chapters with a stream of consciousness aspect to them. Having been through a period of blindness herself, the author writes a very realistic portrayal of a woman’s deterioration of vision and the effects of her impending blindness on not only herself but her loved ones.  While Ms. Meruane did a wonderful job describing all of the terrors of blindness and its devastating consequences, there was an element of black humor that I wasn’t able to appreciate.  It’s an intelligent read and one I feel I should have been able to immerse myself into more than I was able to. 

 

This book was given to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-01-16 17:15
The Dark Princess - Richard Kennedy,Donna Diamond

Kind of odd, more like a short story with illustrations than a picture books for kids.

Once upon a time, there was a middle aged guy in a high-necked sweater who met a Renn Faire lady...

Wait, that's just the first illustration, sorry.

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess. So beautiful than everyone who looked at her directly went blind. Including herself! She was also blinded, but her parents made her keep this a secret and use a seeing-eye dog. No one knew she was blind, so they just thought she was stuck-up and ignoring them. (Great plan, mom and dad!)

Eventually the king discovered that a piece of colored glass prevented princess-looking-blindness. Then all the princes showed up with their colored glasses and fell in love with her. When they plighted their respective troths, the princess asked each one to go blind to prove his love to her, but none of them would. So she decided there was no such thing as love, until one day she happened to be talking to the jester by the cliffs over the ocean and found out he really loved her and he went blind for her and then they both fell off the cliffs and were dead as well as blind. But together! Romance?



The illustrations are a very 70s take on Pre-Raphaelite.

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text 2014-11-06 05:16
November - December List
The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Prisoner of Heaven - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Nada - Carmen Laforet
Los Desencontrados - Mario Monteforte Toledo
Blindness - José Saramago
Seeing - José Saramago
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
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