Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Book Review: Hear Through My Ears by Tara Chevrestt

Hear Through My Ears is a motivational story of a young woman, Tara, who faces the challenges of growing up "hearing impaired" in a hearing world. Follow her stories as she recounts everything from childhood bullies to work related restrictions and funny misunderstandings from mispronounced words to fear of Federal Air Marshals. In this tale, straight from the heart, hear through her ears and find out what it's like to face adversity and rise above it.
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Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, dog mom, writer, and editor. You’ll never see her without her Kindle or a book within reach. As a child, she would often take a flashlight under the covers to finish the recent Nancy Drew novel when she was supposed to be sleeping.
Tara is addicted to Law & Order: SVU, has a crush on Cary Grant, laughs at her own jokes, and is constantly modifying recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. Her theme is Strong is Sexy. She writes about strong women facing obstacles—in the military, with their handicaps, or just learning to accept themselves. Her heroines can stand alone and take care of themselves, but they often find love in the process.
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Have you ever wondered what life would be like in a silent world? Hear Through My Ears follows the life of Tara Chevrestt, a deaf women .It gives you an inside look at the challenges and triumphs she has faced in the hearing world.  From being bullied in the schoolyard to being discriminated at work, Tara has faced it all and come out kicking. There are so many little things we take for granted every day, from being able to watch a movie without captions to the ability to hear the intercom at the airport. This book tells you about some of the challenges the hard of hearing face, not in a cry for sympathy, but in an attempt to educate and promote understanding on both sides.
   Hear Through My Ears is extremely well written and will alternately make you laugh and cry with its humorous and heartfelt tales. The author holds nothing back and willingly shares with us more than one embarrassing situation . Its incredibly brave to put your own life on the page for a complete stranger to analyze. I admire this author's strength and courage for being willing to share her story. Reading this book will help you understand the everyday challenges the deaf community faces. It will make you more aware.  After reading Hear Through My Ears, maybe you will enunciate if someone needs to read your lips. Maybe you'll repeat yourself instead of assuming someone is just being rude or ignoring you. Most importantly, maybe you'll remind your children to treat everyone with respect, even if they are a little different. Any book that teaches us these valuable lessons is one worth reading.

1 comment:

  1. Very well said. I cried while reading this book and as Tara's mom I never realized it was as bad as it really was for her. I learned from this book too.