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Deaf Utopia: A Memoir - and a Love Letter to a Way of Life



by
Nyle DiMarco

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
William Morrow (Adult)
ISBN
9780063062351
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Discrimination: Disability , Discrimination: Sexuality , Language: Strong Language , Language: Infrequent Use , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Violence: Child Abuse , Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion
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A heartfelt and inspiring memoir and Deaf culture anthem by Nyle DiMarco, actor, producer, two-time reality show winner, and cultural icon of the international Deaf community.

Before becoming the actor, producer, advocate, and model that people know today, Nyle DiMarco was half of a pair of Deaf twins born to a multi-generational Deaf family in Queens, New York. At the hospital one day after he was born, Nyle “failed” his first test—a hearing test—to the joy and excitement of his parents.

In this moving and engrossing memoir, Nyle shares stories, both heartbreaking and humorous, of what it means to navigate a world built for hearing people. From growing up in a rough-and-tumble childhood in Queens with his big and loving Italian-American family to where he is now, Nyle has always been driven to explore beyond the boundaries given him.

A college math major and athlete at Gallaudet—the famed university for the Deaf in Washington, DC—Nyle was drawn as a young man to acting, and dove headfirst into the reality show competitions America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars—ultimately winning both competitions.

Deaf Utopia is more than a memoir, it is a cultural anthem—a proud and defiant song of Deaf culture and a love letter to American Sign Language, Nyle’s primary language. Through his stories and those of his Deaf brothers, parents, and grandparents, Nyle opens many windows into the Deaf experience.

Deaf Utopia is intimate, suspenseful, hilarious, eye-opening, and smart—both a memoir and a celebration of what makes Deaf culture unique and beautiful.

Author’s note. Resources. Full-color photo insert.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Disability , Discrimination: Sexuality , Language: Strong Language , Language: Infrequent Use , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use , Violence: Child Abuse , Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2022

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography

Topics

Nyle DiMarco (1989– ). Deaf. US models (persons). Actors. Deaf history and culture. America’s Next Top Model. Dancing with the Stars. Reality television. Disability justice. Deaf education. American Sign Language (ASL). Deaf community. New York City. Washington, DC. Gallaudet University. Family. Brothers. Twins. LGBTQ. 

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